5 Asparagus Myths Busted (Page 6)


5. Myth or Truth? Asparagus Only Makes Some People’s Pee Smell

Myth. Asparagus contains a unique compound that, when metabolized, gives off a distinctive smell in the urine. Young asparagus contains higher concentrations of the compound so the odor is stronger after eating these vernal shoots. There are, however, no harmful effects, either from the sulfuric compounds or the odor. While it is believed that most everyone produces these odorous compounds after eating asparagus, many people can’t detect the smell. So if your friends say that their pee doesn’t have an odor from eating asparagus, it’s only because they can’t smell it.

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