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Did you know that the foods you eat determine the way you smell? Unpleasant-smelling compounds from certain foods seep into your sweat and give it a foul odor. While most of us understand that consuming garlic or onions will affect our breath, we might not realize that such foods as broccoli and red meat can significantly raise the volume on body odor. Food might alter body odor because certain byproducts get secreted as our bodies break down what we eat, then reacts with the bacteria on our skin. Before you eat anything at all, check out these 4 types of food that causes body odor.

1. Alcohol

Certainly excess amounts of alcohol can be detected on your breath, hence the roadside breath tests that can tell if you’re over the legal driving limit or not.

What you may not know is that alcohol can also emanate off your skin.

“The alcohol is metabolized in the liver and broken into acetaldehyde that goes through your lungs into your breath, but it also gets to the pores,” Dr. Swartzberg explains.

One or two glasses of wine probably isn’t going to make you reek, but a few too many (not good for your health anyway!) could. “It’s dose-dependent and individually based,” says Smith.


Sure, consuming fish has a number of health benefits. It has even been suggested that you should eat at least two fish-based meals every week. However, choline, which is a member of the B-complex vitamin family that is present in abundance in fish such as tuna and salmon, is known to deliver a natural fishy smell. Some individuals may even secrete choline in their sweat for a whole day after eating fish, which could result in a strong, unpleasant body odour.

3. Red Meat

Red meat comprises amino acids that leave a residue in your intestines during the digestion process. The intestinal enzymes then break down this residue, which gets combined with the bacteria on your skin when you perspire, and creates an unpleasant body odour.

4. Processed Food

Processed food, or rather, junk food, could also be a cause of foul body odour. The refined sugar content in these foods, in addition to their glycaemic index, which is very high, is to be blamed. It has been suggested that the sugar in the blood after the consumption of processed food alters the make-up of sweat in some individuals when combined with bacteria present on the skin, which leads to changes in body odour. Furthermore, junk foods are not rich in chlorophyll, which is a chemical that acts as a natural deodorizer in the body.

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