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A ma­jor di­etary study finds that high carb is dan­ger­ous and fat is best

This one’s for men who’d like to up their at­trac­tive­ness to women: what you eat makes a dif­fer­ence. It’s thought that sweat may be a method we use to as­sess how suit­able a po­ten­tial mate is in terms of ge­netic re­lat­ed­ness and health sta­tus. A small study pub­lished in the jour­nal Evo­lu­tion & Hu­man Be­hav­ior looked at the diet of its test sub­jects and how pleas­ant their sweat smelled, as judged by a panel of women. The re­searchers found that greater veg­etable and fruit in­take was sig­nif­i­cantly as­so­ciated with pleas­ant smelling sweat (more flo­ral, fruity, sweet and medic­i­nal). The study also re­ported that other di­etary data showed that ‘fat, meat, egg and tofu in­take was as­so­ciated with more pleas­ant smelling sweat, and greater car­bo­hy­drate in­take with stronger smelling, less pleas­ant sweat’.

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