10 Foods That Make You Smell Slideshow
In 2006, researchers from the Czech Republic collected perspiration samples from meat-eating and vegetarian men. They then asked a group of women to identify the foulest odor, based on numerous factors. Overwhelmingly, the vegetarians’ body odor was found to be much more appealing than the meat-eaters’.
Deodorize: A simple way to remove potential stench is to cut out red meat all together. If a vegetarian's life is not for you, try cutting out some meat and replace it with seafood or veggie dinners.
The taste of Tikka chicken may not be worth the lingering stench that comes with it. The aromas of spices such as curry and cumin can make a home for themselves in your pores, and stew for days at a time.
Deodorize: Even a brief brush with cumin can cause a lasting odor. Instead try cardamom, an aromatic seed of a plant from the ginger family, which permeates the body quickly and leaves a fresh aroma.
Garlic stink oozes from your skin because allicin, within another sulfur compound called allin, is released when garlic is cut or crushed. Allicin breaks down quickly after consumption and converts to other substances, which cause bacteria to mix with sweat and results in a strong odor. However, it is said that if you are at dinner and both you and your date consume garlic, you’ll be less likely to notice it. (It’s up to you to take that risk.)
Deodorize: If your underarms become some serious stinkers, apply white or cider vinegar to keep you odor-free throughout the day.
The ripe smell of asparagus crops up in a seemingly harmless way, but tell that to the guy sharing five bathroom stalls with five other men. Asparagus makes urine stink when the sulfur compound mercaptan breaks down in the digestive system. If you're wondering why your urine doesn't smell after eating asparagus, it’s because your body doesn’t possess the enzyme to break mercaptan down.
Deodorize: If you’re afraid offending in a public restroom, try finding a tasty asparagus alternative. Bell peppers can easily be roasted or grilled much like asparagus without the after effects.
Little kids across America now have a reason to snub some of these loathsome vegetables. These sulfur-rich foods pack nutrients and antioxidants that may help rid the body of toxins and carcinogenic cells, but they’re also responsible for severe smells. This stench introduces itself in the socially-crippling form of flatulence. The sulfur in these foods is responsible for the rotten-egg smell toots tend to leave behind.
Deodorize: Cruciferous vegetables are vital to our health. So, when you're in the comfort of your own home, eat those greens! You can also par-boil to remove some of the stench before you finish cooking them. In the meantime, spices like coriander, turmeric, and caraway will not only leave you smelling fresh, they’ll help control your bottom.
Onions have a daring flavor that we can't get enough of, but those around us may wish we would cut back. After onions are digested, their pungent oils absorb into the bloodstream, seep into your lungs, and come through your breath. The more onions you eat, the longer you subject yourself to their offensive odor. Until the onions leave your body, the stink won’t stop.
Deodorize: Instead of eating them raw, try sautéeing them to let the offensive oils out. Squeeze any excess oil out with a paper towel, and enjoy a significantly weaker smell.
High fiber foods’ power to keep you full and fuel your day should not go unnoticed. But indulge in any more than 5 grams of fiber (especially just before working out), and get ready to stink the place up. Not only will your sweat reek, but you're more likely to become bloated and gassy. High fiber foods contain gases like hydrogen, carbon dioxide, and methane. When they’re digested in the large intestine, these gases release, creating fetid flatulence.
Deodorize: Drink a glass of water, and you’ll easily balance out fiber-filled foods. Guzzle more water to reward yourself with fresh looking — and smelling — skin as well as to break up offensive gases.
Waking up to the smell of crackling bacon and sweet maple syrup is a comforting feeling. But working out at the gym to the smell exuding from your underarms... not so much. You may want to cut back on the fenugreek, an herb often found in Middle Eastern food. Fenugreek contains an aromatic compound called solotone, which is responsible for the sweet-smelling "perfume" your sweat emits.
Deodorize: Sure, syrup isn't the worst thing to smell like, but days of this strong scent lingering can grow rather nauseating. If you can't resist the taste of fenugreek, try dabbing your offensive areas with a mixture of baking soda and lemon juice to kill bacteria.
When you get a whiff of durian fruit, it’s no shock that this leaves a stench in its path. A delicacy in Southeast Asia, durian fruit is a fleshy (yes, as in fleshy like your skin) fruit encompassed in a hard, spiky shell. Its skin causes breath to smell unfathomably revolting. The fruit is rich in carbohydrates, protein, fat, and sulfurous compounds, all of which combine to cause the horrid stink. As Anthony Bourdain said, "Your breath will smell as if you'd been French-kissing your dead grandmother."
Deodorize: Scientists are working on an odorless durian fruit (much to the dismay of durian fruit fans). But if you’d rather not smell like rotting flesh, then citrus is a great alternative. Whether you squirt it into water or a bite into a juicy orange, your body can quickly process the citrus juices.
This beloved morning pick-me-up will hardly make a hot date want to pick you up. Caffeine stimulates your central nervous system, invariably causing your sweat glands to activate. Coffee also is highly acidic, which instantly dries your mouth out. When saliva is lacking, bacteria grows and feeds off the sulfur compounds that create bad breath.
Deodorize: Skip the coffee in the morning and go for some decaffeinated herbal tea. Not only is it a healthier choice, but it actively keeps bad breath at bay!