Sweat Survival Tip : Avoid Stinky Foods

Kellen Purles
Kellen Purles
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Potent-smelling food sticks with you. If you suffer from excessive sweat, that cheddar-and-onion-burger-on-a-garlic-and-jalapeno-bun will rise again, in the form of dangerously potent body odor. While you might not smell exactly like the pungent food you enjoyed a few hours ago, the powerful aroma molecules which made your meal so smelly in the first place will happily do the same for you.

Avoid These Stinky Foods to Avoid Smelly Sweat:

GARLIC

A bundle of garlic may wart of vampires… Unfortunately, it won’t do your breath or sweaty pits any favors. Avoid garlic to lesson the stink of your body odor. If you can’t keep yourself from the garlic, substitute dry garlic for fresh to lessen the impact.

ONIONS

Raw onions, though tasty, pack quite the punch. Go for the cooked variety when possible and choose white onions over yellow and purple onions when shopping. The darker the onion, the stronger the scent.

FATTY & FRIED FOODS

Odors bind to fats and oils. When these are expelled through your apocrine glands, the odors bind to you. So, unless you want to smell like the local burger barn, keep away from the fried and fatty.

STRONG (STINKY) CHEESES

Brevibacterium linens, a bacteria found on human skin which produces foot odor, is used to ferment Limburger and Munster cheese. The odor it lends to the cheese isn’t one you want more of on your body.

CABBAGE

We all love stinky cabbage soup… no, wait… no one really likes eating cabbage. Avoiding this stinky food should be quite simple.

CURED MEAT

Whether or not science will ever prove the existence of the legendary “meat sweats”, all the salt and nitrates in bacon, salami, and jerky will certainly prove themselves strong via your sweat glands.

CURRY

A double threat! Not only will spicier curries induce thermoregulatory sweating, they’ll stink it up too.

You don’t have to give up everything on the list–some of the foods listed may not even affect you! Everyone’s body chemistry is different, so it’s important to be mindful of any correlation between what you’re eating and how you’re smelling.

Gerard Butler gives the camera a classic pose, but didn’t take into account that his armpits are doing some winking of their own. I bet he wishes he’d remembered a strong antiperspirant that particular morning!

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