Eating Refined Carbs for Breakfast Lowers Sex Appeal Almost Instantly, Study Finds

This food is just poison.

It makes you look diseased. It causes your pheromones to change. It transforms your whole body.

You shouldn’t eat this food.

It’s not even food.

The Guardian:

Researchers in France found that people who ate a breakfast rich in refined carbohydrates were rated less attractive than those who started the day with healthier unrefined carbs.

Scientists at the University of Montpellier believe the subtle shift in facial attractiveness may be driven by changes in blood sugar and insulin that can affect skin appearance and have longer-term effects on sex hormones.

“It’s surprising to consider but our dietary choices can have rapid effects on our appearance,” said Dr Claire Berticat, an evolutionary biologist and the first author on the study. “These physiological changes could subtly alter facial features, impacting how others perceive attractiveness.”

The researchers recruited 52 men and 52 women aged 20 to 30 and randomly assigned them to have a 500-calorie breakfast rich in either refined or unrefined carbohydrates. The refined carbs breakfast included a French baguette made from industrially milled flour, jam, apple or orange juice, and tea or coffee with sugar available. The unrefined carbs meal was stoneground wholemeal bread with butter and cheese, an orange or apple, and tea or coffee without sugar.

The scientists measured blood sugar levels of volunteers before and after they ate and then took headshots of the participants under controlled lighting conditions. The photos were then passed to groups of raters to estimate how old, how masculine or feminine and how attractive the individuals looked.

Writing in Plos One, the researchers claim that eating refined carbohydrates for breakfast decreased facial attractiveness for men and women, though the longer-term effects of eating such foods, gleaned from questionnaires completed by the volunteers, were more complicated.

Just eat a normal breakfast, bro.

Eat what your grandfathers ate.

NOTE: Elvis Dunderhoff and his robot apparently support milk in coffee. I do not.

Or skip breakfast.

Especially if you don’t work in physical labor, you’ll find you have more energy if you skip breakfast. Have a black coffee.

You know. Do what works. I’m not 100% against breakfast in all cases. But I think the whole intermittent fasting thing has been proved to be of a lot of value for more than just losing weight. Eating anything – even healthy food – causes your body to slow down, and it seems it’s better to do that at night. Again, especially if you’re not working in physical labor.