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Foods that Help Make Your Feet Stink

Following the logic that the specific foods you eat cause your body to smell in a particular way (think garlic or dairy)... then the foods you eat must also make your feet smell. 

Want to reduce food odour? Then look for a balanced whole foods diet. 

Watch your intake of

  • Sulfur-rich foods - and not just eggs e.g., onion, garlic, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, beer, tea, and coffee

  • Spicy foods

  • Greasy foods such as fast foods

  • Chocolate

  • Refined carbs e.g., white bread, white rice, white pasta, pastries

  • Low-carbs (particularly on the keto diet)

  • High-fat foods

  • Protein-rich foods

  • Yeast and sugar

“Diets high in refined carbohydrates will often serve as food for bacteria and fungus in the body. The body intends to rid itself of bacteria through dead skin cells. However, when they collect in the skin of the foot through perspiration and are enclosed in a shoe, the odor can become extreme.”

Dr. Robert A. Kornfeld, the founder of the Institute for Integrative Podiatric Medicine


What to eat? Whole foods, that contain chlorophyll, that are known to remove toxins from the body, and zinc, a lack of which can cause feet to smell:

  • Citrus fruit 

  • Kale, green leafy vegetables and sprouts

  • Herbs e.g., sage

  • Kelp and seaweed

  • Peanuts

  • Dark chocolate