Gar­lic has sweat smell of suc­cess on a date

The Daily Telegraph - - Front Page - By Daily Tele­graph Re­porter

Men should forget the af­ter­shave and eat gar­lic if they want to at­tract the op­po­site sex, sci­en­tists have said. A study found that the sweat of men who had eaten the bulb smelt more at­trac­tive to women, pos­si­bly be­cause of the health ben­e­fits it has pro­vided to men in evo­lu­tion­ary terms.

MEN should forget the af­ter­shave and try eat­ing some gar­lic in­stead, sci­en­tists have sug­gested.

A study found that the sweat of men who had eaten the bulb smelt more at­trac­tive to women.

The re­searchers sug­gested that women may have evolved to pre­fer the type of smell that eat­ing gar­lic pro­duces in armpit sweat, be­cause it sug­gests the per­son is healthy. Gar­lic has an­tibi­otic, an­tivi­ral and an­ti­fun­gal prop­er­ties and stud­ies have sug­gested it can help re­duce the in­ci­dence of colds and even high blood pres­sure and some can­cers.

Or, it could be that the an­tibac­te­rial ac­tion of the gar­lic makes the armpits smell sweeter by re­duc­ing the den­sity of the mi­crobes that cause un­pleas­ant odours, the re­searchers from the Uni- ver­sity of Stir­ling in Scot­land and Charles Univer­sity in Prague said.

“Breath odour plays a cru­cial role in most so­cial in­ter­ac­tions, but hu­man ax­il­lary [armpit] odour is also an im­por­tant fac­tor in in­ti­mate re­la­tion­ships,” the re­searchers wrote in the jour­nal Ap­petite.

“Our re­sults in­di­cate that gar­lic consumption may have pos­i­tive ef­fects on per­ceived body odour he­do­nic­ity [the plea­sure de­rived from it], per­haps due to its health ef­fects.

“From an evo­lu­tion­ary per­spec­tive, for­ma­tion of pref­er­ences for diet-as­so­ci­ated body odours was pos­si­bly shaped by means of sex­ual se­lec­tion.

“Pre­vi­ous re­search in­di­cates that many an­i­mal species use diet-as­so­ci­ated cues to se­lect mates in good phys­i­cal con­di­tion.”

The re­searchers did con­cede, how- ever, that eat­ing gar­lic to try to at­tract a woman might have some draw­backs.

“Ob­vi­ously, gar­lic neg­a­tively in­flu­ences the in­di­vid­u­als’ breath on ac­count of sul­phur-con­tain­ing gases,” they said – but added that the com­pounds con­tribut­ing to gar­lic odour might not reach the skin glands in per­cep­ti­ble quan­ti­ties.

For the study, 42 men were asked to eat, in ro­ta­tion, raw gar­lic, gar­lic cap­sules, or no gar­lic, and wear pads in their armpits for 12 hours af­ter­wards to col­lect body odour.

Then, 82 women were asked to sniff the odour sam­ples and judge them on their pleas­ant­ness, at­trac­tive­ness, mas­culin­ity and in­ten­sity.

The body odour of the men was per­ceived to be “sig­nif­i­cantly more at­trac­tive and less in­tense” when they had eaten the gar­lic in bulb and cap­sule form. The ef­fect only came into play once the men were eat­ing a sub­stan­tial amount of gar­lic, the re­searchers found.

In the first ex­per­i­ment, when the men ate 6g of gar­lic – the equiv­a­lent of two cloves – with bread and cheese, there was no dif­fer­ence in the rat­ings from when they just ate the bread and cheese. But when the dosage was dou­bled to 12g, the men were judged to smell more at­trac­tive than when they had not eaten gar­lic.

In the third ex­per­i­ment, when the men ate 12g of gar­lic in cap­sule form, their odour was also per­ceived as more at­trac­tive.

Pre­vi­ous stud­ies have shown that gar­lic consumption can af­fect the odour of breast milk, in­creas­ing the time in­fants spend on their mother’s breast and feed­ing more vig­or­ously.

In an ex­per­i­ment, men who ate 12g of gar­lic – equiv­a­lent to four bulbs – had armpit sweat that was rated more at­trac­tive by women

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