Body odor and food
Have you noticed a new or different odor coming from your body? Many factors can affect the way you smell. In addition to lifestyle, hygiene, and environment, food can be a huge factor in your distinct scent! If you practice good hygiene and don’t smoke or drink alcohol but notice an unpleasant odor, your diet may be to blame. So, what’s the relationship between body odor and food?
Vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower
Certain vegetables contain sulfur compounds. These compounds are absorbed into the body and secreted in sweat. Your body odor can worsen about an hour after consuming these vegetables, he says. The scent associated with one serving should dissipate within six hours.
Ever heard of the meat sweats? Since the body must work harder to digest red meat, it often sweats. When the body digests meat it leaves residue behind, that, when released through sweat, will mix with bacteria and intensify your odor. A 2006 study published in the journal Chemical Senses found the odor of vegetarians had a significantly more attractive and pleasant smell and less intense compared to meat eaters.
Choline, a B-complex vitamin found in fish like tuna and salmon, can cause a natural fishy smell. Some people may secrete choline in their sweat for up to a day after eating a serving of fish, potentially producing a strong body odor.
Foods filled with fiber such as plants, fresh vegetables, and fruits can help maintain regular digestion and dismiss compounds that cause odors. Certain foods – such as fish and vegetables – don’t cause enough bad body odors to justify cutting them out of your diet. They are highly beneficial to your health and often the smell is just temporary.
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