10 Foods That Make You Smell

Don’t want mysterious odors seeping through your pores? Avoid these foods or consume with caution

10 Foods That Make You Smell

You're sitting on a train that’s slightly warm, packed with passengers, and suddenly you get a whiff of "rotten egg" stench. Stop after stop, the crowd thins out, but that onerous odor remains. You search for the offender as subtly as you can, so you can find a seat in the opposite direction. As your head swivels, you’re hit with that stench again, so strong you could swear it was you. You nonchalantly dip your head down toward your underarm — wait a minute. It is you! But you didn't even work out today. And you took a shower this morning. And you’re wearing deodorant!

What you eat can directly affect how you smell, and in more ways than just your breath. Scientifically, this boils down to the way your body metabolizes the stinky sulfur compounds found in many foods like garlic, cumin, and asparagus. While smelling like garlic is not new (it is said to ward off both vampires and mosquitos), the stench of asparagus-tainted urine might not be quite as familiar and you may not have even realized that some of the foods on our list could have this effect on you.


If you have a hot date, an interview, or plan to be out in public, you may want to keep these foods off the day’s menu. And if you can't, here are a few tricks to help deodorize nasty smells.

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I was a vegetarian for four months and it ruined my health for almost two months.

I noticed that you said that decaf tea was better than coffee on you? What about Alzheimer and heart conditions that coffee is touted as helping a person avoid? What I've noticed is that there are no hard facts about Health or Diet; people should eat what they want to because it will all kill you eventually.

JohnKoz's picture

Thanks for the worthless article. We just can't win. All the foods with the exception of red meat we're told are so good for us & now you tell us they make us stink.

David Walker's picture

I think the score was vegetables/plants 9, meat 1 in the what are the top ten things that make you smell. So does this mean vegetarians are stinky?

Or maybe this mean this article is pretty silly - like a lot of articles on this site.

iawalleye's picture

Get real, when was the last time you stood close to someone who was smelly from eating red meat? Garlic, Onions, curry, booze yes. The biggest thing is personal hygiene.

RealFoodRocks's picture

Glad to see that red meat is number one for foods that make you smell! I've been a vegetarian for nearly two years now, and it makes a huge difference. And I feel amazingly better for not eating meat.


You may smell OK now, (if you can control you flatulence) but please hang a "Danger: Poisonous Gas" sign on the bathroom door after you use it. As a past vegetarian, you may get used to it but the rest of us don't. Now, if you eat mostly Meat, you could smell to high Hell in the bathroom...

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