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Have you noticed a stange smell in your urine when you eat asparagus?

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Asked by stella73 at 1:24 PM on Mar. 4, 2011 in Just for Fun

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  • no,but I do when I eat Cheerios!

    Answer by butterflyblue19 at 1:25 PM on Mar. 4, 2011

  • Yes, this is perfectly normal... asparagus does that to people.

    Answer by Angelisa67 at 1:25 PM on Mar. 4, 2011

  • Yes, there is a very distinctive odor to the urine.

    Answer by older at 1:25 PM on Mar. 4, 2011

  • The scent may be caused by an enymatic reaction with chemicals in the asparagus that produce the chemical methyl mercaptan - and the reaction only happens in about 45% of people. Scientists don't exactly understand what chemical reactions are involved, so it's hard to pinpoint exactly why it happens (or why not everyone has it happen), but it does appear to be a completely harmless side effect of eating asparagus.

    Answer by Dr.Donna at 1:38 PM on Mar. 4, 2011

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