SEP 16, 2017 3:37 PM PDT

Do Women Prefer Certain Male Scents?

WRITTEN BY: Xuan Pham

How a man smells may be an indicator for his love life. That's what scientists are saying based on data showing that women have a preference for certain scents for their mates. What's more, these smells have nothing to do with soaps or cologne - it's really all about our natural body odor.

This au naturale scent is heavily influenced by diet. And women can apparently tell the difference between a man who eats a healthy diet of wholesome foods versus those whose diet is heavy on processed foods. Those who eat more refined carbs tend to have sweat that smells meaty and oily. A diet rich in meat purportedly intensifies the pungent body odor. For the best natural scents, scientists say load up on vegetables and fruits, which make the sweat smell floral and sweet.
About the Author
  • I am a human geneticist, passionate about telling stories to make science more engaging and approachable. Find more of my writing at the Hopkins BioMedical Odyssey blog and at TheGeneTwist.com.
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