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WHY DOES YOUR PEE SMELL WHEN YOU EAT ASPARAGUS?
Asparagus contains a sulfur compound called mercaptan. It is also found in onions, garlic, rotten eggs, and in the secretions of skunks. The signature smell occurs when this substance is broken down in your digestive system. Not all people have the gene for the enzyme that breaks down mercaptan, so some of you can eat all the asparagus you want without stinking up the place. One study published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology found that only 46 percent of British people tested produced the odor while 100 percent of French people tested did. Insert your favorite French joke here________________________________.
"Sometimes, you need to make sure the angel on your shoulder has a wingman." -Me
Well, I have been told that a lot of the smell is the Asparagus' ability to move toxins out of the body and after you've eaten enough, the smell reduces / goes away. And over years of testing this theory, I have found that eating it day after day in the asparagus season - the smell certainly does reduce. Then I eat some out of season - and WHAM! stinky pee is back!
The bit I CANNOT understand is how QUICKLY it happens! Eat a plateful of asparagus early in the season (i.e.now) and ten minutes later - stinky pee. No other food seems to go through at such at a rate - why asparagus??? Does this happen to others?