12 Common Foods You Didn’t Know Had Weird Side Effects
Asparagus can make urine smell bad
If you’re constantly opting for asparagus as your side dish, you’re making an excellent choice! Aside from being rich in antioxidants, this veggie is loaded with nutrients like folate, vitamin C and vitamin A, all of which boost your immune system.
However, it can also have a less-than-pleasant side effect: smelly urine.
In short, eating asparagus can give your urine a sulfurous odor that resembles cooked cabbage (I know, not pretty at all).
According to Dr. Clark, ‘Some scientists believe this is a result of digestion and the breakdown of sulfur-containing compounds in asparagus that become volatile (airborne) in our urine and can be smelled 15 to 30 minutes after eating asparagus.’
Don’t worry, though – this is a temporary side effect that doesn’t pose any real threat to your health.