11 Unexpected Facts About Attraction
From the subtle to the surprising: What science tells us about the forces that draw you to others—and them to you.
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You Ate Mojo Cubano on Your First Date
Here's another olfactory surprise: Garlic may make you smell more
attractive. Researchers in the Czech Republic asked people to eat garlic cream cheese
(the equivalent of two to four cloves) every day for one week while wearing scent-trapping pads in their armpits. The next week, the same volunteers ate their bread with plain cream cheese. Which sweat smelled more attractive, more pleasant and less intense to female judges—garlic or plain? Garlic, naturally, but why? Garlic contains antioxidants and improves metabolic functioning, the researchers say, which may improve your body odor. Plus, garlic's antibacterial properties help to kill the real culprit: foul-smelling underarm microorganisms.