9 Foods That Make You Tastier to Mosquitos
June 30, 2016
Don’t let those pesky mosquitos ruin your summer
What’s a cookout without a cold one (or two)? There’s always a cooler full to the brim with ice-cold beers at backyard barbeques, and while we love to enjoy a few on a summer evening, drinking just one beer can make you a key target for mosquitos. Scientists are not entierly sure why mosquitos love beer drinkers, but they don’t believe that it's related to the increase in ethanol in the bloodstream, or to the heightened body temperature. Like us humans, mosquitos just seem to like the taste of a good brew.
Bloodsucking mosquitos are extremely attracted to lactic acid, so it's unfortunate that lactic acid is naturally released by our bodies all the time, making us prime snacks for these bugs. Eating potassium-rich foods may be good for us most the time, but it does increas the amount of lactic acid you give off through your skin. Bananas, potatoes, prunes, raisins, lima beans, avocadoes, and spinach are full of potassium, so snacking on these makes you even tastier to the invasive insects.
Wiping salty potato chip crumbs on beach towels or denim cutoffs is a typical summertime occurrence. However, we should actually be trying to cut back on the salt, as a high-sodium diet increases the amount of lactic acid you produce, and more lactic acid means more mosquito bites. Filling up on salty snacks like crispy chips, hot curly fries, roasted peanuts, or even that bacon on your burger, will make you that much more delicious to mosquitos.
Picnic tables are often piled high with tart cherry pies, ice cream cakes, and sugary candies. As much as we love all of these tasty desserts, they have a saccharine aroma that is very attractive to most animals, mosquitos included. All sweets will act as magnets for bugs and mosquitos.
A refreshing cocktail or mixed drink will definitely cool you down on a hot summer's day, but scientists believe that drinking alcohol attracts mosquitos. Alcohol increases your body temperature, which makes you a target for the little blood-suckers because they are drawn to people with warmer blood. A frozen daiquiri or white sangria will taste fabulous — until a pesky mosquito bites you.
High Cholesterol Foods
Foods with a high cholesterol content are unhealthy, and they make you more appealing to mosquitos. Eating more fruits and vegetables, and opting for lean meats can help to lower cholesterol levels, making you healthier, and less tasty to those pesky insects.
Picture a perfectly charred hot dog crowned with a heavy dose of tangy sauerkraut, tasty ketchup, and sweet pickle relish. Sadly that sauerkraut and pickle relish could be your downfall. Pickled veggies contain lactic acid, therefore attracting those dreaded mosquitos: Maybe a bare hot dog doesn’t taste as bad as itchy bites feel.