Can garlic make you sweat?

Garlic is an integral part of many dishes and cuisines worldwide. It’s famous for its distinctive flavor and aroma, but some people are cautious about consuming it because they’re unsure of the effects it might have on their body. One common concern is that garlic may cause excessive sweating. In this article, we’ll dig into the science behind garlic and sweat to help you understand whether you should be concerned or not.

What Is Garlic And How Does It Work?

Garlic (Allium sativum) belongs to the onion family. It’s a bulbous plant native to central Asia and has been used throughout history as both food and medicine. Its unique smell comes from sulfur-containing compounds such as allicin.

When consumed, these compounds can bind with proteins in your saliva, which then break them down into smaller molecules called organosulfur compounds (OSCs). These OSCs can enter your bloodstream through your digestive system or lungs.

Once in your bloodstream, some OSCs get excreted through sweat glands on the skin’s surface leading sometimes to bad odor (hence BO!)

Why Do We Sweat?

Sweating is our body’s way of regulating temperature by cooling us down when we get too hot (or making us avoid sweaty smelling friends!). Our bodies have two types of sweat glands: eccrine glands found all over our body mainly involved in thermoregulation purposes(a thermostat kinda thing) while apocrine glands primarily found in specific areas like armpits are responsible for producing pheromones 1 which explains why hairy guys need more deodorant than shaven ones!

Does Garlic Actually Make You Sweat More?

While there isn’t much research directly confirming that garlic causes increased sweating, studies suggest that consuming foods high in allicin-like those containing garlic- increases heat tolerance during exercise hence more sweat (so be careful during hot yoga!) 2. It’s possible that the increased body temperature could lead to more sweating than usual.

However, as with many things in our bodies and different constitutions, some people may have an overreaction due to a sensitivity or intolerance (think: the kid with eczema who can go into anaphylaxis at the smell of peanuts!).

Is Excessive Sweating Bad For You?

Sweating is healthy most times! it helps regulate body temperature and eliminate toxins -but if excessive sweating causes social embarrassment (or estranges you from family and friends), it might not be good for your well-being.

In rare cases, excess sweat can also be a symptom of underlying conditions like Hyperhidrosis (it exists folks!) might point towards things like thyroid problems or low blood sugar levels. All these are exhausted after ruling out what medics call ‘primary hyperhidrosis’- which happens without reason!

How Can You Reduce Garlic-Induced Sweat Production?

If garlic makes you sweat excessively despite its benefits ranging from lower risks of cardiovascular disease to preventing common flu infections, here are a few practical tips to reduce/reverse this effects:

  1. Try reducing your intake: By eating garlic in smaller quantities or avoiding it altogether.
  2. Wait before exercise/physical activity : If possible wait up 3 hours before exercising after having garlicky meals.
  3. Stay hydrated : Drinking enough water ensures that your body stays cool regardless of humidity surroundings
  4. Deodorant anyone? Invest in good antiperspirants/deodorants that contain aluminum chloride hexahydrate
  5. Odor-neutralizing techniques such as drinking green tea and lemon juice consistently can help keep off odors emanated by pores—including those caused by OSCs,
    6.Clothing material has been known affect heat regulation choose wisely for your sweat-prone days!

In Conclusion

Garlic can cause sweat production in some people, but there’s no clear evidence to suggest that it does so regularly. However, since each person’s body responds differently- whether genetically or medically-Chemicals in garlic compounds could also be responsible for sweating and bad odors. Most importantly, sweating due to garlic is harmless most of the time; you just need an extra deodorant!

Overall, don’t let fear of excess sweating stop you from enjoying one of the most versatile ingredients out there (goodbye dull unseasoned meals!) Instead, experiment with different ways to incorporate garlic into your diet and see how your body reacts.


  1. Singh S., MoyalKamalR.Pheromones: A New Conceptual Tool Used as a Marker for Identifying Individuals. 

  2. Arreola R., Quintero-Fabián S., López-Roa R.I., Flores-Gutiérrez E.O.Mechanisms Behind Onion and Garlic BioactiveOrganosulfur Compounds’ Ability on Ameliorating Hypertension Reference module in chemistry, molecular sciencesand chemical engineering (2018) 

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