London, May 20 IANS | 7 months ago

The key to not turn her off from your body odour as she comes near you may lie in cutting down tomato intake.

It is not just genetics and poor hygiene that are to blame for bad underarm odour - tomatoes also join the club, a fascinating study reveals.

Tomato stems are filled with an oil that smells like sweat.

The oil contains terpenes - substances that give fruit and vegetables such as oranges, lemons and hops their smell and flavour, the researchers added.

Terpene-containing compounds may play a role in bad body odour.

These are broken down by enzymes, producing chemicals that act on the antioxidant compound lycopene found in tomatoes.

"This, in turn, produces other chemicals known to contribute to how the body smells," explained Charles Stewart, a physician in Britain who himself went through body odour problem.

Cutting out tomatoes and good personal hygiene could eliminate need for deodorants, he noted in a paper published in the journal Medical Hypotheses.

(Posted on 20-05-2014)

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