No Acne, No Body Odor

A while back, I told a new friend of mine that I was writ­ing about how peo­ple could make them­selves heart-attack-proof, just by eat­ing plants instead of ani­mals and cut­ting way back on their fat intake. I men­tioned, in an off­hand sort of way, that this same diet also cures obe­si­ty. I didn’t know it at the time, but she was in the “down” phase of a pat­tern of yo-yo diet­ing. She was very inter­est­ed and wrote down the Web sites I rec­om­mend­ed.

About a month lat­er, when we were talk­ing on the tele­phone, she said, “I switched to a plant-based diet, and I’ve lost some weight with­out feel­ing hun­gry. I’ve also noticed that my acne cleared up. Is that because of the diet?” I said that it prob­a­bly was. The fat in ani­mal-based foods and the huge dose of estro­gen that occurs nat­u­ral­ly in dairy prod­ucts, even “organ­ic” dairy prod­ucts, both con­tribute to acne. She said, “Well, why didn’t you tell me that? It’s a major sell­ing point!”

Anoth­er month or two went by, and we were talk­ing on the tele­phone again. My friend said, “Lau­rie, I’ve just noticed that I don’t have body odor any­more. I used to have to use heavy-duty deodor­ant. Now I don’t stink, even if I sweat heav­i­ly. Is it because of the diet?” I told her that it prob­a­bly was. Not only do ani­mal-based foods con­tain far more pro­tein than you need, but the pro­teins in ani­mal-based foods are par­tic­u­lar­ly high in sul­fur. Burn­ing those pro­teins for ener­gy releas­es stinky sul­fur com­pounds. She said, “Well, why don’t you tell peo­ple about that! Young peo­ple care far more about that than about their risk of heart attack!”

So there you have it. Switch­ing to a plant-based diet can make you look bet­ter and smell bet­ter.

Pho­to by Salu­da UdeA

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