Friday, September 23, 2011

Does everyone's pee smell bad after eating asparagus?

Picture:  Michigan Asparagus Advisory Board © 2000.
by:  Tara Fuller

In truth, less than half us are able to detect what many refer as the "stinky pee" effect after eating asparagus.  Only about a quarter (more or less depending on which study you read) of people carry a special gene that allows them to smell the "asparagus odor" shortly after consuming this nutrient rich, spiky green vegetable.  But just because you can't smell it, doesn't mean it doesn't stink.

 Researchers  believe the vegetable's sulfurous amino acids break down during the digestion process that produces the pungent chemical component, occurs in everyone.  Meaning, even if you aren't able to smell it, rest assure, your pee does stink!  This unfavorable smell can be detected in urine as quickly as 15 minutes after consumption.

Fortunately, most of us are able to enjoy this vegetable without having to wear nose plugs.  But those special enough to carry the gene, doesn't mean you should refrain. Asparagus is a highly nutritious. It is chalk-full of naturally occurring phytochemicals of gluthathione, folic acid and rutin; and is a great source of protein, vitamin A and C, iron and calcium.  In fact, beside the orange, it is the second best whole food for folic acid; which is known to reduce risks of certain cancers, liver disease, heart disease and spina bifida.

Bon Appetit!

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