Keeping the mozzies away during the warmer months is a priority for many Australians.
That includes what we eat. An article published on The Conversation looks into whether it’s possible to repel mosquitos by consuming certain foods and drinks.
“Many myths surround the food and drink that may keep mosquitoes at bay but, when it comes to the science behind these theories, it all becomes a bit too hard to swallow,” writes Cameron Webb, Clinical Lecturer and Principal Hospital Scientist, University of Sydney.
Keep reading for four food and drinks surrounding mosquitoes.
Sadly, beer and mosquitoes might actually be a match made in heaven. One study even found drinking beer can increase your chances of being eaten by mozzies.
A banana a day keeps the mosquitoes at bay. This isn’t exactly true either. “There isn’t the science to support either claim,” writes Webb, “but it’s unlikely eating bananas would substantially change the way mosquitoes pick you out from a crowd.”
Garlic won’t help you either. A 2005 study found eating garlic does nothing to protect you from being eaten alive.
Many people believe taking vitamin D will help repel mosquitoes but as Webb explains: “There is simply no evidence taking vitamin B will offer any significant protection from mosquito bites.”
Backing up his claims, a 2005 study found no evidence to suggest increasing your vitamin B intake would influence the behaviour of a mosquito.
The reality is, according to Webb, that if food and drink did repel mosquitoes, "countless companies would be cashing in on selling 'mosquito repellent vitamins'.