Men who eat more fruit and veg smell more attractive to women, according to a study.
Researchers at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia claim the sweat from men who eat a diet rich in these healthy foods smells better to women.
Scientist Ian Stephen, who was part of the team behind the study, said: “We’ve known for a while that odor is an important component of attractiveness, especially for women.
“Women basically found that men who ate more vegetables smelled nicer.”
According to the report: “In this study we tested whether dietary fruit and vegetable intake, assessed indirectly by skin spectrophotometry (assessing dietary carotenoid intakes), and subjectively by food frequency questionnaire, was associated with more pleasant smelling sweat.
“Male participants provided axillary sweat samples and dietary information.”
The study states: “Female participants then evaluated these samples on several affective, qualitative and psychophysical dimensions… The skin spectrophotometry measure (CIELab b*), indicative of greater fruit and vegetable intake, was significantly associated with more pleasant smelling sweat (with more floral, fruity, sweet and medicinal qualities), independent of sweat intensity.”
While researchers found that men who consumed large quantities of meat did not produce a sweat that was any more, or less, attractive to women, meat consumption did tend to make the odor more intense.