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Mosquitos and paleo eating...

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 22, 2011 at 2:31 PM

For some reason, my daughter and I are the mosquito's favorite food source. A few minutes spent outdoors in summer will yield upwards of 20 bites on our bodies...each. We've been eating paleo about a month and I'm wondering if our dietary change will affect this phenomenon. My husband, who has been insulin resistant for years (also now eating paleo) would NEVER get bitten. Any thoughts?

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on July 12, 2011
at 05:55 PM

I was just about to ask this same question because I haven't been getting bitten or a least not developing big bumps from the bites the way I used to. I was thinking it was something I was eating making this improvement, but I have been using coconut oil on my skin lately, and that sounds like it might be the deciding factor.

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on May 23, 2011
at 01:25 AM

Mosquitoes don't bite me. They may hover around me if no one more attractive to them is around, and in the rare occasions they land on me, they usually don't bite. I did get bitten a lot as a kid, so I remember what mosquito bites feel like, and how I reacted then, but there are some of us who don't appeal to them enough to even get bitten.

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on May 22, 2011
at 10:16 PM

That is so interesting! I will have to try this... coconut oil has so many uses that I'm really glad I bought a gigantic tub of it!

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on May 22, 2011
at 08:18 PM

My boyfriend and I had gone on vacation 2 months ago to the Costa Rican jungle. As an experiment, because I remember reading this tidbit somewhere, I decided to use coconut oil as my repellant. It worked more than perfectly in preventing bites from all sorts of insects. I also made my bf do the same and he was amazed since he tends to be mosquitos' favorite food.

We would pause in the jungle and just stare at our bare arms and legs to see what bugs would do. They usually landed, paused and then flew off. Not a single bite for the whole trip.

776bb678d88f7194b0fa0e5146df14f0

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on May 22, 2011
at 10:16 PM

That is so interesting! I will have to try this... coconut oil has so many uses that I'm really glad I bought a gigantic tub of it!

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on July 12, 2011
at 05:55 PM

I was just about to ask this same question because I haven't been getting bitten or a least not developing big bumps from the bites the way I used to. I was thinking it was something I was eating making this improvement, but I have been using coconut oil on my skin lately, and that sounds like it might be the deciding factor.

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on May 22, 2011
at 07:02 PM

This WebMD site claims that susceptibility is mostly genetic. Other factors listed as increasing your attractiveness include:

  • high concentrations of steroids or cholesterol on the skin
  • people who produce excess amounts of certain acids, such as uric acid
  • people who emit large quantities of carbon dioxide
  • Movement and heat also attract mosquitoes

It's plausible that diets affect these things. On the other hand, evolutionarily speaking, it seems unlikely that mosquitoes evolved to find non-paleo people more attractive, even if they have had many more generations to change than we have. They've probably been around a very long time (that site estimates 170M years), and they depend on wild animals as well as us.

I empathize. I'm one of the type they love, and I also react more extremely than most people I know. At least one of my 3 sons seems to have inherited it.

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on May 22, 2011
at 03:37 PM

I was told (I honestly can't remember who) that mosquitoes bite everyone, it's just some of us who react to them. I'm not sure of the science behind this - but I can attest to it - I have seen mosquitos on my hubby and he never gets a bump, yet I look like I've got some sort of disease after a mosquito bites me.

To keep the pesky little bugs away - Oil of citronella works great - or even a citrus bodywash.

E7be2ce38158357f5dacae07b43d1b29

on May 23, 2011
at 01:25 AM

Mosquitoes don't bite me. They may hover around me if no one more attractive to them is around, and in the rare occasions they land on me, they usually don't bite. I did get bitten a lot as a kid, so I remember what mosquito bites feel like, and how I reacted then, but there are some of us who don't appeal to them enough to even get bitten.

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on May 22, 2011
at 03:22 PM

Mosquitoes seem a little less interested in me since paleo. That doesn't stop the occasional bite, unfortunately.

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on May 22, 2011
at 08:16 PM

My boyfriend and I had gone on vacation 2 months ago to the Costa Rican jungle. As an experiment, because I remember reading this tidbit somewhere, I decided to use coconut oil as my repellant. It worked more than perfectly in preventing bites from all sorts of insects. I also made my bf do the same and he was amazed since he tends to be mosquitos' favorite food.

We would pause in the jungle and just stare at our bare arms and legs to see what bugs would do. They usually landed, paused and then flew off. Not a single bite for the whole trip.

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on May 22, 2011
at 04:11 PM

try to eat them they are delicous sweet.

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on May 22, 2011
at 03:42 PM

We dab camphor or tea tree oil behind our ears, crooks of our knees and elbows. This seems to lessen the bites for us.

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E7be2ce38158357f5dacae07b43d1b29

on May 22, 2011
at 03:10 PM

Mosquitoes have had no interest in me in my whole adult life, regardless of what my diet has been.

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