Doctor's Note

Can our lunch contribute to our fragrance? For more on body odor and diet, see: Eggs and Choline: Something Fishy.

Then check out Asparagus Pee for another funky odor video.

For additional context, check out my associated blog post: Increasing Muscle Strength with Fenugreek.

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  • Michael Greger M.D.

    Please feel free to post any ask-the-doctor type questions here in the comments section and I’d be happy to try to answer them. And check out the other videos on plant-based diets. Also, there are 1,449 other subjects covered in the rest of my videos–please feel free to explore them as well!

  • Well I’m told I don’t have an odour.

  • MJ

    You point out the sexism in the study compensation, but what struck me is why they didn’t simply have men and women producing the samples (could have even asked already committed vegetarians), and to have both men and women smelling the samples. And why just focus on body odor attractiveness, instead of body odor offensiveness to determine what is least-offensive all round? What a bizarre study. Maybe what is more important is the seasonings? Tumeric and garlic smell, coffee or cigarette breath is brutal.  I can often tell that people have eaten curry the night before, and its not so pleasant a smell when it isn’t coming hot out of the oven.

  • Proving that women will do anything for chocolate!

  • Megan93252

    I understand that men generally have a stronger body odor, and women, generally have a better sense of smell, so that made sense to me. I have to add that since going vegan, and especially since adopting a mostly whole food, and 30-50% raw diet, my sweat smells significantly sweeter, and less pungent/ unpleasant. Michael Greger, you are one funny guy, and I always enjoy your “Nutrition Facts”. Thank you.

    • Liz

      More than just smell. My husband began to colour the bed sheets yellow and his pillowcases had to be soaked in Napisan to get them white again. Yes, the bedroom smelled too. We started sleeping in separate rooms.
      Once we went vegan this stopped. He smells normal again. Have you heard of this before? He is quite embarrassed by it and wont let me tell people!

  • Fidel Castrati

    Besides meat, reducing intake of other high sulfur foods can improve body odor.

  • Fidel Castrati

    Besides meat, reducing intake of other high sulfur foods can improve body odor.

  • salman

    numbness in right arm’s upper muscle

  • CZK are Czech crowns, not Czechoslovakian crowns. The Czech Republic and Slovakia separated 20 years ago and Slovaks now use euros whereas Czechs have stayed with crowns. Just to be a little informative, unrelated to diet though :)

  • yogesh

    hello sir
    my name is yogesh from India
    actually my power lifting strength is very low i want to lift heavy and heavy weight.
    please suggest me what food i need most or what to take in supplements thats increase my lifting power

    • Thea

      yogesh: I’m not a body builder, so I don’t have specific suggestions for you. However, I think you will want to check out the following site:

      If you look in the profiles (at least the one that I looked in), the very successful vegan body builder athletes share which supplements they use.

      Why do I think they are successful? Here’s a quote from an article about that team:

      “The Plant Built ( team rolled into this
      year’s drug-free, steroid-free Naturally Fit Super Show competition in Austin, TX, and walked away with more trophies than even they could carry. The Plant Built team of 15 vegan bodybuilders competed in seven divisions, taking first place in all but two. They also took several 2nd and 3rd place wins.”

      Hope that helps.

  • DA

    My husband and I were surprised to discover after dancing half the day in the hot sun wearing closed toed shoes, our feet had no odor. Literally zero odor… as if we had just gotten out of the shower. -Came to this website, typed in “body odor” to search and voila. Like many other happy surprises attributable to having been vegan for a year now and vegetarian prior to that.

  • Milorisen

    I found this most interesting only because I know two Vegan’s who do not use Deodorant of any kind and they have the strongest odor I have ever smelled. It’s un bearable and of course they are in it so they don’t smell it. Makes me wonder if they are not eating the proper Vegan foods.