Smells Caused by Eating
George Preti, PhD is an expert in human odors as well as an organic chemist in Philadelphia at the Monell Chemical Senses Center. He claims that the reason, one suffers from Body Odor is that volatile organic compounds are released when a person consumes certain types of aromatic foods.
The smells that emanate from these compounds are released in the urine, sweat glands or our breath after flowing through the bloodstream.
Preti tells us that not all bodies react the same way. If a person takes too much of a certain ingredient, it may cause more smells to emanate. It also depends on the genes and also the metabolic enzymes that are present in the saliva. These help to break down the foods.
Capsaicin is a chemical that is found in hot pepper, which can bring out little drops of perspiration on one’s forehead when consumed. Devilled chicken wings are made with this ingredient and it is proof that the dish is spicy.
Certain nerve receptors stimulate the feeling of being “on fire.” The feeling is quite similar to when one is exposed to about 90-degree heat outdoors. The hypothalamus that is in the brain acts as an internal thermostat. This activates the sweat glands to appear on the skin and then evaporate, dissipating the heat, as it disappears.
Apart from the heat produced by certain ingredients, hot (temperature) foods also give rise to sweat. Dee Anna Glaser, MD, president of the International Hyperhidrosis Society and professor of dermatology at St. Louis University School of Medicine, remarks that hot coffees, teas or soup also bring on sweat, in spite of body temperatures being stable.
Foods That Give Rise to Bad Body Odor
Sulfur is present in garlic and this chemical generally caused the body to give out a strong smell. However, raw sulfur can small like rotten eggs in its purest form.
One of the other vegetables in the alliaceous family of vegetables similar to garlic is the onion. It gives off a pungent body odor when a person sweats.
Cruciferous vegetables, such as Brussels sprouts, cabbage and broccoli give off a strong whiff, as they also contain sulfuric compounds.
The smell of Curry powder and cumin lingers on the skin long after it is consumed. One feels as if they have just stepped out of an Indian restaurant with the lingering smells.
Your body can smell strongly even if you eat small portions of a combination of any of these foods. A study was conducted where a few women were asked to sniff and check out the smells of sweat emanating from people, who consumed a lot of meat and those that did not eat any. It was found that those who refrained from eating meat had far less body odor.
To prevent smelling offensively, the best option is to avoid foods that are loaded with garlic sauce. This is because there is no surefire formula for preventing such smells when one has eaten strong smelling foods.
Glaser recommends drinking tons of water after eating such foods. It helps to tone down the B.O though it is not possible to eliminate it altogether.
Eating the product cooked rather than raw is another way of getting around this problem. Roasted garlic does not react as strongly as raw garlic.