Sweaty men of the world, rejoice (but not too hard or you'll have to change your shirts)!
While you can't fix your sweaty-beast statuses, you can make your sweat smell sweeter to the opposite sex.
A new study on ScienceDirect observed 42 men in three phases. During each phase, they were fed different amounts and natures of garlic.
The volunteers wore pads to collect their perspiration for a painless 12 hours. Then, the pads were passed along to 82 women who sniffed them in the name of science.
During the first phase, a meal of six grams of garlic with bread and cheese yielded odors the women rated the same as the odors of men who ate garlic-free bread and cheese.
Phase two's meal of 12 grams of garlic with bread and cheese had sniffers responding more positively -- the odors were noted as "more pleasant, attractive and less intense" -- than they did during the previous phase.
Phase three's meal of 12 grams of garlic in capsule form led female volunteers to again deem the scent “more attractive and less intense.”
Forbes reports the study's coauthor, Craig Roberts, a professor of psychology at the University of Stirling, suggested hints of a healthy diet could cause this attraction from a primal perspective.
He reportedly shared,
As the health benefits of garlic consumption include antioxidant, immunostimulant, cardiovascular, bactericidal and anti-cancer effects, it is plausible that human odor preferences have been shaped by sexual selection.
Regardless of whether or not there is a burning reproductive desire behind garlic's pleasing effect, any excuse to pound lasagna is a breakthrough sweaty men everywhere can support.