Here’s Why Vegans May Smell Better Than Meat Eaters

Aug 29 2017 - 8:38am
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Since the skin is biggest elimination organ of your body it makes sense then, that what you eat can greatly affect how you smell. Research has found that body odor is stronger in people who eat meat.

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A study published in the journal Chemical Senses has confirmed meat eaters are more smelly than their vegetable eating counterparts.

“Odor individuality partly results from genetic individuality, but the influence of ecological factors such as eating habits are another main source of odor variability.”

Red Meat Causes Body Odor

Body odor by meat eaters is often caused by the breakdown of sulfur in the body. To prove this, researchers tested the effect of red meat consumption on body odor attractiveness. Seventeen male odor donors were on "meat" or "nonmeat" diet for two weeks wearing axillary pads to collect body odor during the final twenty-four hours of the diet.

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Next, fresh odor samples were assessed for their pleasantness, attractiveness, masculinity, and intensity by 30 women not using hormonal contraceptives. We repeated the same procedure a month later with the same odor donors, each on the opposite diet than before.

Lose The Meat, Smell Great

Results of repeated measures analysis of variance showed that the odor of donors when on the nonmeat diet was judged as significantly more attractive by the women. In fact their scent was judged as even more pleasant, and less intense, suggesting that red meat consumption had a negative impact on perceived body odor.

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