It’s not surprising that people found healthier faces are more pleasing to look at, but now a new study suggests that women found body odour of men who ate lots of fruits and vegetables attractive, than those who consumed lots of carbohydrates.

Researchers from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia recruited a group of women to look at the relationship between diet quality and attractiveness.

The study, published in the journal of Evolution & Human Behaviour, tested whether a diet higher in fruits and vegetables produced more pleasant-smelling sweat, which involved women sniffing workout clothes that the men had worked out in, and rated how much they liked the scent on how “floral and fruity” it smelled.


The results found that these women are attracted to body odour that were produced by men who consumed a higher amount of fruit and vegetables. On the other hand, the men who lose out are those partial to carbs; greater carbohydrate intake was associated with stronger smelling, less pleasant sweat.

“We have known for a while that odor is an important component of attractiveness, especially for women,” Ian Stephen a professor at Macquarie University in Australia and one of the study’s authors, told NPR.

Of course, this isn’t to say that men who love junk food like burgers and fried chicken are any less attractive, but the increasing numbers of health-conscious males has even more reason to be considered positive.

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