Do you stink? When I began to eat differently, by differently I mean I was primarily cutting the amount of meat I ate everyday. As I did this I began to notice something different when it came to body odor and other people. At this time I was not able to discern my own, but I was beginning to pick up body odor on people that I was not previously aware of. It was like I was getting some super olfactory power, and of course as always we seem to notice foul odor before we get a whiff of a nice clean scent. I found this post by Talia Furhman at Disease Proof very interesting when it comes to body odor and what we eat.
Body Odor: Do Nutritarians Smell Better?
In the biography of Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, Isaacson reports that as a vegan, Jobs believed that he smelled better than omnivores and didn’t need to bathe as often as his meat-eating colleagues. With this mindset entrenched in his meat-loathing brain, Steve was reported to rarely shower and to smell as if he hadn’t bathed in weeks (at least during the hippie days of his 20s and into his 30s), which was literally probably the case. Putting Steve’s reluctance to jump in the tub(e?)aside, was Steve onto something? Do people that avoid meat actually smell better than those that consume animal products regularly? Given that Americans spend millions of dollars each year on personal care products, perfumes and deodorants, it’s worth looking into the effects of diet on body odor. Continue Reading