Men Smell Like Cheese, Women Like Onion

Find an animal that smells like tomato and voila—pizza!
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Jan 29, 2009 11:13 AM CST
Researchers collected sweat samples after people sat in a sauna or ran on an exercise bike for 15 minutes.   (Shutter stock)
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(Newser) – Working out at the gym may stimulate your appetite—or maybe it's the enticing scent of the person next to you. Sweaty men smell of cheese, and sweaty women smell like onion or grapefruit, New Scientist reports. Body chemistry accounts for the difference, say Swiss researchers who based their conclusions on armpit sweat samples from 50 people who had sat in a sauna or ridden an exercise bike.

The findings may differ in other parts of the world depending on numerous variables. "Other factors include what you eat, what you wash with, what you wear and what genes you inherit," said a researcher.