A new study links men who consume more fruits and vegetables compared to breads, pastas as retaining more of an appealing body odor to those around them.

August 15, 2017

If worrying about the nutritional intake of your daily diet and the damage certain foods can do to your waistline keeps you up at night, here’s a new nightmare for you to digest – apparently, increased bread consumption can lead to a rank body odor more easily than a diet of fruits and vegetables.

This sounds like more like a overwrought hyperbole than anything else – you are what you eat, or in this case, smell like?

But a new study put forth by a team of scientists in the Department of Psychology at Macquarie University in Australia quantifies that this is truly science-based.

There’s long been talk of how sweat can be an indicator of health status – but moreover, the idea of fighting the damaging social kickbacks of bad body odor with food choice seems intuitive. How many times have you heard to stay away from garlic, right?

The study goes beyond us trying to guesstimate our bad breath. NPR reports that the team of scientists recruited a whole set of young men with diverse diets and lifestyles – and then asked them to put on a clean t-shirt and work out heavily.

Using a very impressive scientific instrument called a spectrophotometer, the scientists were able to distinctly measure how much veggies and fruits these males were eating. When people eat an increased amount of veggies, their skin takes on increased carotenoids, which are the pigments in plants that account for the vibrant hues of red, yellow, and orange you often see in this food group.

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While the study focused on how women responded to the residual sweat of each male of the group, there’s a key takeaway that was very apparent and it applies to all genders – it appears that the odor of those males who ate more fruits and vegetables was more appealing to those smelling it.

Those who didn’t have as high of an indicator of carotenoids reportedly had more offensive odors, the women told the scientists. These men were eating increased amounts of meat, pasta, breads and less of the vegetables that were a signature aspect of those who smelled better.

Meaning this – there’s a chance, should you find yourself sweaty in public and in the vicinity of other people, that eating more fruits and vegetables could reduce the chance that you’ll send someone running for the hills.