Did you know that some foods can cause body odor after eating them too often? While that might sound like an urban myth, it’s something that’s starting to be discovered through studies on how distinct our body odors are. And because Huffington Post already tells you that aging will naturally increase your body odor, certain foods that most people love to eat regularly might be more of a problem than you think for young and old alike.
Keep in mind that because everyone is different in their body odor, these foods may affect you stronger than others. And the effects can wear off if taking a break from most of them for at least a week.
The Problems with Sulfur
You probably never thought about sulfur ever being important to how it could affect your body scent. But because it’s found in foods like broccoli and cabbage, it could be a problem if eating those foods in a public place. Sulfur is secreted through our sweat glands and supposedly smells like rancid butter. It’s up to you whether you want to test how it affects you. However, it might scare some people into skipping two of the healthiest foods you can consume.
Don’t let that happen and just bring some deodorant with you to a restaurant.
Amino Acids in Red Meat
Those who can’t leave red meat alone may end up increasing their body odor, depending on their body chemistry. It’s the residue of amino acids in red meat that gets absorbed into the bacteria of our skin. In turn, that secretes through our sweat glands and creates an unappealing scent. This might worsen if you don’t digest meat well, and it could even linger for a couple of weeks.
With that in mind, stop and think before taking a date out to McDonald’s.
The last thing you want is to eat fish and then smell like a fish yourself after eating one. While you should have fish at least a couple of times a week to gain the benefits of Omega-3’s, it’s choline that could give you body odor issues. In some people, choline is secreted through the sweat glands and makes you smell like a fish. Others sometimes have it worse when they’re affected by both choline and carnitine, the latter of which is found in fish, meat and eggs.
If you’re one of those who experience this fishy body scent, it can be controlled through dietary changes or perhaps swimming with the fishes.
An Incentive to Cut Down on Junk Food
To show you how bad sugar can be, it alters sweat in some people if you eat sugary or processed foods regularly. These type of body odors can be controlled if you simply stop eating junk food daily. Regardless, since many people like to include a little junk food with the healthy foods of fish and broccoli, you may be fighting more body odor than you realize.
This assumes you don’t have some rare body condition that makes you smell like a rose. Feel free to comment if you’re one of the rare few on the planet who has that while eating what you want.