The Smashed Gourmet

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Time to make your pee smell again !!

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It’s here the start of the British Asparagus season 2014. Just over a month of the worlds best asparagus. Check out the official

webpage for ideas and recipes and get cooking today. BUT, why does it make your pee smell so much well, are you sitting comfortably ?

Asparagus contains a sulphurous compound called mercaptan (which is also found in rotten eggs, onions and garlic). When your digestive system breaks down mercaptan, by-products are released that cause the strange smell. The process is so quick that your urine can develop the distinctive smell within 15 to 30 minutes of eating asparagus. Not everyone suffers this effect; your genetic makeup may determine whether your urine has the odour — or whether you can actually smell it. Only some people appear to have the gene for the enzyme that breaks down mercaptan into its more pungent parts.


Author: thesmashedgourmet

An Old school Lancashire Lad who is a food & a wine obsessed traveller & cook. A lover of all things remotely edible and a quaffer of fine wines and real ales.

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