Sure, eating sizzling steaks and bacon with cheese-drenched eggs may sound tasty — but how does it smell?
The keto diet, a low-carb plan that emphasizes eating fat and protein with few fruits and starchy vegetables, has become wildly popular lately, especially among celebs like Tim Tebow and Halle Berry. Proponents say it’s a delicious way to drop pounds fast — but critics add that it may not be super sustainable for the average person.
Still, even fans of the diet say sometimes the worst side effect is what’s known as “Keto Breath,” which some describe as overripe-to-rotten fruity or metallic (like “fingernail polish remover“).
But there may be an even more unfortunate odor, which online keto-lovers have dubbed “Keto Crotch,” Insider reports.
The symptom is a hot topic on Reddit.
“I am very, SMELLY,” one distressed Redditer shared.
“Have any of you tried vegetarian keto and found a reduction in your funk factor, specifically below the belt?” a concerned redditor asked.
Another advised: “It took me a couple months to ‘level out,’” in terms of the intimate funk.
It’s true: “Foods change the pH of the body. When this happens, the body will emit certain odors,” Lisa De Fazio, a registered dietitian nutritionist, told Insider. “The keto diet [may] change your vaginal pH, which alters your vaginal odor — and it may not smell like roses.”
De Fazio added that such an imbalance may cause women to encounter infections like bacterial vaginosis. She says it can often run its course, but that you may need to visit your doctor to make sure it’s OK. Or, just change your diet, she says.