What Foods Give You The Best Smelling Sweat?

Do you want to smell better? In a world where there is easy access to deodorant, showers, cheap cologne and body sprays, body odor may not be the same problem that is was many years ago. But when the perfume fades or when your body turns up the heat from exercise or from a hot day, you may be smellier than you think.

The good news is, you can control your body’s funk because what you eat affects the way you smell.

A recent study out of Australia looked at the role of diet in body odor and concluded that the best foods to eat for a pleasant body odor is a diet high in plant-based foods.

In the study, researchers took a group of males and had them wear only new, white cotton T-shirts for two days after which they bagged the shirts and tracked everything they ate during those two days. They were encouraged to work out and to generate sweat but could not use any soap when bathing. A group of women then smelled the T-shirts and rated them based on pre-selected, descriptive language.

The conclusion? Researchers said the men who ate more fruits and vegetables produced a more pleasant, sweet-smelling odor than the men who ate a lot of meat and carbs. Men who ate mostly carbs rated as the worst smelling.

The study was part of research in the field of diet, attraction and attractiveness. Ian Stephen, PhD, one of the four authors of the study, says, “What people find attractive is related to underlying health. People who eat more fruit and vegetables… tend to look more healthy and attractive.”

And smell better too.

Danny Kwon JD

Danny is the executive director of Life and Health and identifies with the struggle most people have to eat and live healthy, going back to his days eating fast food and working long hours as an attorney all the way to his present trying to find ways to get his kids to eat their veggies. Those challenges inspire him to produce evidence-based media designed to help people live healthier, happier lives. Danny is also the CEO of Carbon Biotech, the makers of Black Ice charcoal patch and is an attorney licensed in California and Canada.

1 Comment
  1. While it is true that those who eat more meat and carbs have stronger odor; what about those who eat this one vegetable asparagus? Curious to know

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