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Does asparagus really make urine stink?


Dic 31, 2022

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After eating asparagus, some people may detect a strange odor, while others may not notice anything. What’s happening?

The astringent properties of asparagus have been known for a long time. As early as 1731, the Scottish mathematician and physician John Arbuthnot wrote that asparagus imparts a «foetid odor» to urine.

However, this smell is not always unpleasant for everyone: Marcel Proust maintained that it had the effect of transforming his «humble chamber into a room full of aromatic perfumes».

If you conduct a short poll at dinner (assuming you feel the time is right to raise these types of issues), you’ll find that your guests typically fall into certain groups.