Snack and Sniff: Food and Body Odor Quiz

By: Staff

How many types of sweat glands are in your skin?

There are two types of sweat glands in your skin -- apocrine and eccrine.

Which type of sweat gland causes body odor?

Your apocrine glands produce a thick sweat made of proteins and fats. When the bacteria on your skin dine on that sweat, it causes body odor.

Where are the apocrine sweat glands located?

Aprocrine glands are found in the axillae (also known as the armpits), around the breasts and genitals, as well as around the navel.

How old are you when your apocrine glands develop?

Your apocrine glands don't turn on until you hit puberty.

What do the eccrine glands produce?

Eccrine glands produce sweat that's made up mostly of water and salt.

True or false: The more red meat you eat, the more you stink.

True. Studies show a correlation between eating red meat and body odor.

True or false: The more red meat you eat, the greater your risk of dying.

True. While no one lives forever, the more red meat you eat, the more likely you are to die, when compared with people who have little to no red meat in their diets.

Which of the following foods are generally considered to be body odor-causing culprits?

Curries, onions and garlic all contain enzymes that may escape through our pores undigested. Spicy foods may also increase body odor because they amp up the amount of sweat your body produces.

According to alternative health practices, what causes body odor?

Natural and alternative health wisdom suggests toxins and other impurities in the body cause body odor.

What is undigested food known as in ayurveda tradition?

Undigested food is called ama in ayurveda tradition, and it's thought ama in the bloodstream leads to body odor.

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About This Quiz

You are what you eat. And maybe you smell like it, too. Test what you know about what causes body odor, including how what's on the menu may affect how you smell.

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