The strange way men can appear more attractive
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Men: there’s a way to make yourself smell attractive to a woman, and it doesn’t require you buying a ‘manly’ body spray.

In fact, you can probably find what you need in the kitchen.

According to research conducted by Professor Craig Roberts, eating four cloves of garlic makes men smell more attractive to the opposite sex.

Yes, you read that correctly.

In a small experiment published in the journal Appetite in 2015, women smelled the body odour of men who’d eaten two cloves of garlic, and men who’d eat four cloves for a week.

Then, they rated each man’s smell - which was on the body pads they had worn in the week - in terms of attractiveness, pleasantness, intensity and masculinity.

Men who had eaten four cloves of garlic scored the highest.

The author of the study wrote:

Our results indicate that garlic consumption may have positive effects on the pleasure derived from perceived body odour 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.

However, before you start having garlic with your morning coffee, women smelled their body pads, not their mouth.

Garlic breath is still a 'no'.

The study implies that consuming garlic, with its multiple health benefits, makes men smell healthier, and thus biologically attractive to women.

As the health benefits of garlic consumption include antioxidant, immunostimulant, cardiovascular, bactericidal and anti-cancer effects, it is plausible that human odour preferences have been shaped by sexual selection.


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