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The effect of meat consumption on body odor attractiveness.

Non-meat diets are strongly linked to attractive and pleasant body odor.

This study investigated the effect of meat consumption on body odor attractiveness. 17 males divided into two groups were studied for this research work. One group was fed with meat diet and the other with non-meat diet for 14 days. With axillary pads, researchers collected the odor samples of all the subjects at the end of the feeding period. Women not using hormonal contraceptives evaluated these odor samples for intensity, pleasantness, and masculinity. This procedure was repeated after a month with both groups exchanging diets.

Researchers observed that the odor samples of the group placed on non-meat diet were less intense but more pleasant and attractive than that of the meat group. These findings provide evidence that red meat consumption may have negative effect on body odor attractiveness.

Research Summary Information

  • 2006
  • Havlicek J, Lenochova P.
  • Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Humanities, Charles University, Husnikova 2075, 158 00 Prague 13, Czech Republic. jan.havlicek@fhs.cuni.cz
  • Yes, Free full text of study was found:
  • Yes. Source of funding disclosure found
  • The study was supported by the GAUK 393/2005 grant.
  • No. Potential conflicts disclosure not found
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