There's the old adage that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach, but when it comes to wooing women, the answer could be right under our noses. While we know that personality, culture, and physical appearance can dictate who and what we find attractive, a new study reveals that women also tend to be more attracted to men who eat more fruits and vegetables.
Business Insider recently shared the findings of Macquarie University in Australia, which surveyed the diets of male subjects using a skin test that determined whether they ate bright red, yellow, or orange foods regularly. The men were then asked to exercise while wearing a clean and unscented cotton shirt, which straight female participants sniffed post-workout.
As it turns out, women found that men who ate produce-packed diets were "significantly associated with more pleasant-smelling sweat" compared to those who primarily consumed refined carbohydrates like pasta and bread. The study showed that women also preferred the scent of men who ate more meat, eggs, tofu, and fat.
Body odour has long been known as "an important component of attractiveness, especially for women," study author Ian Stephen a professor of evolution, genetics, and psychology, recently told NPR. Of course, we can't deny that finding true love is a major factor in modern humans' search for a life partner—but when it comes to our biological drive to hook up, it's not surprising that evolutionary instincts come into play.