Talk:Odour of sanctity

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Fasting can cause the body to resort to fat metabolism as a source of energy. This can in turn lead to accumulation of ketones in the blood (ketosis), especially acetone, which has a sweet smell. It is possible that the effect known as the "odour of sanctity" is due to ketones exhaled by a fasting person.Sturluson (talk) 19:24, 4 July 2009 (UTC)

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