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#1

I’m curious about Soylent and thinking about trying it however I’m curious about how it effects you sexually. More specifically: if it gives a terrible taste to one’s own… bodily secretions. It would make oral sex fairly unpleasant if it does. Could anyone chime in and state if it makes one’s love juices bitter?


Soylent and bodly fluids
#2

There was actually a thread awhile back saying that it did the opposite. I have no concrete data myself, but my ingredients shipped today, and I’m planning to start my own this weekend. If I notice anything, perhaps I’ll send you a message.


#3

Alright! Thanks! Hope to hear positive things soon! :slight_smile:


#4

We’re all over this. :wink:

On that note my wife recently commented that my shoes don’t smell like a locker room anymore. So I guess that’s something.


#5

Hahaha. That is something! I have been told vegetarian/vegans don’t give off much bodily odors compared to omnivores and certain fluids have less bitter tastes due to consuming less red meat so maybe being absolutely pure with Soylent would have the same effects… this is just my assumption though.


#6

Don’t you mean, if your partner notices anything? :wink:


#7

Haha, correct. But I could probably notice other things such as general BO and what not.


#8

lel so mature :tongue:


#9

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Foods that make your sweat smell

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Are we reeking of what we’re eating?

Foods that make your sweat smell

Most of us have ideas about the ways in which the food we eat influences our body odour.

Among the foods claimed to cause bad body odour are onions and garlic, certain dairy products such as blue cheese, fermented foods such as sauerkraut, vinegar and – most of all – curries.

Many alternative practices such as ayurveda suggest impurities and toxins in our body from improperly digested food can result in poor body odour. However, the causes of body odour are not fully understood yet, and there is very little scientific evidence linking diet with body odour.

Gallery: Bad foods for body odour

Contributing factors
“Body smells are caused by a number of factors working in combination,” says Dr Rosemary Lester, Victoria’s chief health officer. “These include chemicals in sweat, wastes excreted through the skin, the actions of bacteria that live on the skin, and unwashed clothes.”

It is those first two factors that could be influenced by what we eat, though not necessarily in the direct way some people imagine.

Humans have two types of sweat glands – eccrine glands and apocrine glands.

Eccrine glands control body temperature and are concentrated on our foreheads, underarms, soles and palms. They release sweat with little odour, mostly composed of water, salt and other trace minerals such as calcium and potassium.

Apocrine glands are found mostly around the armpits, lower abdomen and genitals. Their purpose is to excrete wastes (mostly fats and proteins) from the body. Although this sweat also has little odour itself, bacteria on the skin feed on it and produce malodorous waste products such as androstenes and isovaleric acid. The process takes about 20 minutes.

Studies show that women find fresh male sweat reasonably pleasant, but the chemical compounds that result from its breakdown highly unpleasant.

Busting BO myths
If bacteria are eating the fats and proteins in your sweat, it may follow that cutting down on foods that contain plenty of these (such as junk food) will reduce body odour.

On the other hand, the popular belief that a diet of milk makes babies smell good is improbable. If children smell better than adults, it is because apocrine glands don’t develop until puberty.

Mint, parsley, citrus fruits and chlorophyll, which is abundant in leafy greens such as kale and watercress, are also claimed to help produce sweeter-smelling sweat, but a lot more research is needed to confirm these claims.

One thing that might work is sage. Research has shown that sage can reduce sweating, so sage tea might well leave you smelling prettier.

Quantity not quality
It is the amount you perspire rather than what you perspire that is probably the chief cause of body odour. In other words, it isn’t that curries produce foul-smelling sweat; it is simply that curries raise our body temperature and make us sweat more profusely.

There are also many reasons beyond diet that influence body odour. “An individual’s odour can change due to a variety of factors, such as menstrual cycle, emotional state, health and perhaps age,” says Dr Dustin Penn of the University of Vienna."


#10

I can tell you right now from my personal experience, my body odor is the result of poorly digested food and usually smells like the food I ate.
I think this is a very likely explanation.

Also my body odor does change under stress, and it’s also shown that the body odors of more attractive people smell better and people with different immune antibodies enjoy each other body odors more.

So it’s very complex and is probably:

  1. Chemicals from food which have not been eliminated yet
  2. A marker of someones current mood
  3. Pheremones
  4. An indicator of someones immune system type

The reason people with different immune antibodies enjoy each others scent more is because their children would have the benefits of both immune systems, so it’s evolutionarily prudent.

And of course the classic I haven’t showered vinegary smell, which is just bacterial growth and I doubt if it serves any purpose.


#11

Right, eat only insoluble fiber and you will smell great. Until you start decomposing because you died.

Am I the only one here who thinks babies (their excretions and the babies themselves) smell awful, far worse than an adult in the same conditions?


#12

When babies arent soiled their natural body odor smells better than that of an adult.


#13

I guess you didnt read where it said to “cut down” not cut out?