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Sep 15, 2006 02:52 PM

sniff, sniff....was it something I ate?

Okay--obviously garlic and onions will linger on your breath after a meal, but do any of you have other foods that affect the way you smell or taste after eating them? I had a salad with carrot ginger dressing on Wednesday and I swear I can still smell ginger and tahini when I put my nose near my skin and inhale deeply--this is after running at the gym and sweating profusely (apologies to the people around me who had to smell that!), taking three showers and brushing my teeth six times. My friend swears that whenever he eats fried fish he can shower four or five times but he still smells fishy two or three days later--especially in sweatier areas (pits). Are there any foods that make you body odor smell better or worse?

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  1. Curry, sometimes. And pork, sometimes.

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    1. re: silence9

      Curry--oh, curry. I had a bus ride with a fellow once who favored it--and I could tell that just by sitting next to him.

      I think pork makes me stink a bit, too. Like, sweaty and salty. Like a pork rind.

      1. re: erikka

        I used to share a parking space with a lovely Indian family. Meaning, we had the keys to each other's cars, and whoever parked behind the other had to move the other's car in the morning. I would get into their car, and would have to hold my breath, because the smell of curry was so strong..I would emerge from the car gasping for fresh air.

        1. re: galleygirl

          I had to sit next to a curry smelling guy on a 4 hour plane ride. I felt so sick. I thought maybe he'd gotten on the plane after working a shift in an Indian restaurant.

    2. I was a tour guide for five years. One night I ate at a lovely little French restaurant in Eureka (Northern California) run by a husband/wife team. I had the most amazing caesar salad I've ever eaten. It was loaded up with anchovy and garlic to the point that nearby diners were fainting and falling out of their seats just from proximity.

      That night I took advantage of the steam room at the hotel and took a shower afterwards. The next morning I took another shower and had breakfast. When I got on the bus, the driver sniffed and said "Did you have a garlic omelet for breakfast?"

      Garlic aroma was wafting out of the pores in my skin, strongly enough to bother the people around me. Not a good thing on a bus (and a job where you depend on tips!). Now I'm more careful about eating too much garlic before "personal public appearances."

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      1. re: klmonline

        Same thing happened to me, also on a bus tour, but it was skordalia in Greece.

        1. re: klmonline

          I saw an experiment where a cut clove of garlic was rubbed on the bare soles of a person's feet. Five minutes later, the garlic could be detected on the person's breath! Dunno how that worked (and against gravity, yet) but there it is...

          1. re: silence9

            Yup, goes in through your fingers too. Might as well eat the stuff!

        2. stinky tofu -- I'm usually the bystander that can't stand the smell.

          1. Garlic and Curries all 'get in your skin'. People actually eminate it from their pores. I have a friend in college who's husband for their anniversary asks for 100 clove chicken because that is the ONLY time she will make it for him because he REEKS for days...


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            1. re: Dommy

              And peppers too... I once smelled of poblanos for days!! (I think all BO smells like green peppers, but that's a whole 'nother story!)

              1. re: Katie Nell

                To me, Fritos (not just corn chips, but Fritos) best approximates hardcore BO.

                1. re: silence9

                  No, to me Fritos=Smelly Feet. It also signals when my dog needs a bath... LOL!!


                  1. re: Dommy

                    It's also what cheap chardonnay tastes like...

            2. Foods with lots of cumin in them tend to be noticeable a day or so later.

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              1. re: Candy

                Oh, but in such an alluring way! The scent of cumin makes my knees weak, whether first or second -hand.. ;)

                1. re: galleygirl

                  I bought a cookbook at goodwill and when I opened it I smelled cumin. It was lovely.