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Why does my urine have a strange smell after I eat asparagus?


Asparagus contains a sulphur compound that, in some people at least, is converted into another kind of sulphurous compound in the digestive tract. It's this by-product that you smell. The process, and the substance, is harmless. The smell will vanish within a few hours.
 

 

Resource: UC Berkeley Wellness Letter, May 2003
 

 

 

Candance Gabel, M.S. R.D., Assistant Program Director, College of Human Environmental Sciences, University of Missouri Extension
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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