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Subject: Funny-smelling urine
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So my girlfriend and I were wondering: why do certain foods like Honey Smacks and asparagus make your urine smell funny?
Posted:8/6/2006
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Tom T. , Jacksonville, FL, United States , Male
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Subject: Purines in asparagus cause weird odor in urine
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Asparagus is high in purines, which raise the level of uric acid in the urine, causing the distinctive smell. Since I don't eat junk food, I don't know what ingredient in Honey Smacks causes a funny smell.
Posted:1/5/2007
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Jane , St. Simons Island, GA, United States , 65 , Female
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Subject: Funny-smelling urine and asparagus
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An odiferous compound is formed as a derivative during digestion and subsequent breakdown of beneficial amino acids that occur naturally in asparagus.
Posted:12/27/2006
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Karen J. , Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, United States , Female
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Subject: What goes in must come out...
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Certain foods, drinks and drugs can give urine a distinct odor and/or color because of chemical reactions. Taking a lot of B vitamins will turn your urine bright yellow-orange. Taking Mucinex for several days due to a cold made my urine smell very much like mown grass. Eating a lot of cruciferous vegetables (cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, etc.) has given my urine a greenish tint and an odd, garlicky smell. It's all chemistry, baby.
Posted:8/9/2006
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Ann , Kansas City, MO, United States , 39 , Female , Animist , White/Caucasian , Straight , Executive Assistant , 4 Years of College , Middle class
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Your urine is basically how your body filters out things that were digested, made it into your bloodstream, were present in too high a proportion, and can't be stored.

I'd be willing to bet that if you only eat a little asparagus, you don't notice much, but if you eat a lot, the smell gets pretty strong. A food that has a lot of some thing that your body doesn't need or doesn't usually get will be pretty prone to doing this.

Generally, though, eat enough of anything and it'll affect your urine's smell noticably. Body odor too.

Posted:11/16/2007
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Jason S, Bloomington, IN, United States
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