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Can What I Eat Attract Mosquitoes?
There are a variety of reasons why certain people are more attractive to mosquitos than others. These biting insects have an acute sense of smell, but they also rely on carbon dioxide signatures. Genetics are also important. Body heat, movement or exercise, and sweat also draw them to particular bodies.
Diet is also an important mosquito-attracting factor. So if you hate mosquito bites as much as I do, and especially if you are allergic, avoid eating these foods in large amounts:
1. Salty Snacks
Wiping salty potato chip crumbs on beach towels or denim cutoffs is a typical summertime occurrence. However, we should actually be trying to cut back on the salt, as a high-sodium diet increases the amount of lactic acid you produce, and more lactic acid means more mosquito bites. Filling up on salty snacks like crispy chips, hot curly fries, roasted peanuts, or even that bacon on your burger, will make you that much more delicious to mosquitos.
Your body will absorb too much salt when eating salty foods
What’s a cookout without a cold one (or two)? There’s always a cooler full to the brim with ice-cold beers at backyard barbeques, and while we love to enjoy a few on a summer evening, drinking just one beer can make you a key target for mosquitos. Scientists are not entierly sure why mosquitos love beer drinkers, but they don’t believe that it's related to the increase in ethanol in the bloodstream, or to the heightened body temperature. Like us humans, mosquitos just seem to like the taste of a good brew.
It’s unavoidable to consume beer and wine in parties
3. Potassium-Rich Foods
Bloodsucking mosquitos are extremely attracted to lactic acid, so it's unfortunate that lactic acid is naturally released by our bodies all the time, making us prime snacks for these bugs. Eating potassium-rich foods may be good for us most the time, but it does increas the amount of lactic acid you give off through your skin. Bananas, potatoes, prunes, raisins, lima beans, avocadoes, and spinach are full of potassium, so snacking on these makes you even tastier to the invasive insects.
Banana is a healthy food but also attracts mosquitos
Picnic tables are often piled high with tart cherry pies, ice cream cakes, and sugary candies. As much as we love all of these tasty desserts, they have a saccharine aroma that is very attractive to most animals, mosquitos included. All sweets will act as magnets for bugs and mosquitos.
5. High Cholesterol Foods
Foods with a high cholesterol content are unhealthy, and they make you more appealing to mosquitos. Eating more fruits and vegetables, and opting for lean meats can help to lower cholesterol levels, making you healthier, and less tasty to those pesky insects.
6. Pickled vegetables
Sauerkraut, pickled cucumbers and many kinds of sour condiments are a real treat for mosquitos. These foods don’t make your body produce lactic acid, they are simply full of it themselves. While keeping away from these foods will make your hot-dog a bit less savory, it will also keep those annoying bugs away.
Moquistos like biting people who usually eat picled cucumbers
Indeed, it is true that the foods you eat can bring mosquitoes over to your table. Whether the bugs are attracted to you or to foods that are lying out on your plate, you want to take steps to keep these bugs away as they can carry deadly diseases.