Life Style Relationship

Women prefer smell of men who eat more veggies


KATHMANDU — A recent study by psychology researchers from  Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia has found that women are more attracted to the body odour of men who eat more fruits and vegetables compared to those who have more refined carbohydrates such as bread or pasta.

When people eat a lot of colourful veggies, their skin takes on the hue of carotenoids, the plant pigments that are responsible for bright red, yellow and orange foods, says researchers. The carotenoids get deposited in our skin, which can be measured by the spectrophotometer.

For the study, researchers recruited a group of healthy, young men.

The men’s skin was analysed using a spectrophotometer. The results are “a good indicator of how much fruits and vegetables we are eating,” said Ian Stephen of Macquarie University, who helped conduct the small study, in a recent interview with NPR.

During the study, the scientists asked male participants to record their diet, and then participate in two methods used to determine which males had the best-smelling sweat, according to Stephen.

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“We have known for a while that odour is an important component of attractiveness, especially for women,” said Stephen.

Researchers also had men complete food frequency questionnaires so they could determine the men’s overall patterns of eating. Then the men were given clean T-shirts and asked to do some exercise.

From an evolutionary perspective, our sweat can help signal our health status and could possibly play a role in helping to attract a mate, say researchers.

Then, women in the study were asked to sniff the sweat. “Women basically found that men who ate more vegetables smelled nicer,” Stephen was quoted as saying by NPR.