Monday, July 16, 2018
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Eating veggies makes men smell more attractive to women, study says

Aside from the obvious health benefits, there's another good reason to eat your fruits and veggies: it might make you smell better to the opposite sex.

A study out of Australia found that women across the board preferred the body odor of men who ate more fruits and vegetables, as opposed to men who ate lots of carbs.

"We've known for a while that odor is an important component of attractiveness, especially for women," professor Ian Stephen at Macquarie University in Australia, who co-authored the study, told NPR.

The study worked like this: Researchers took a group of men and measured the amount of fruits and vegetables in their diet through a spectrophotometer, which uses light to measure carotenoids -- the pigments in red, yellow and orange fruits and vegetables -- deposited on the skin after people eat those foods.

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To get the needed sweat, they had the guys exercise in clean t-shirts. Women were later asked to smell those sweaty shirts in the name of science and rate the odors.

The results, according to the study, were the same for the entire sample group of women. They all gave a higher rating to the sweat from the guys who ate more fruits and vegetables than they did for the men who at more carbs.

It's not the first study with results along these lines, a 2006 paper showed that women preferred the smell of men who ate a non-meat diet "characterized by increased intakes of eggs, cheese, soy, fruit and vegetables."

The recent study out of Australia did not find that eating a lot of meat led to sweat that was more or less attractive to women, but "meat did tend to make men's odor more intense."

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