Nice all, that asparagus season. As soon as the white gold has been removed from the ground again, we immediately dive into the kitchen. But the conversation afterwards quickly turns to that – let’s be honest – rather weird smell that is released in your urine after eating asparagus. Ever wondered how the hell that could happen? We do.
Fortunately, we didn’t have to google for too obscene terms, but we could turn to our colleagues at Metro , who got ahead of us with a thorough investigation. Thank you for that. Metro decided to refer the matter to Iris Groenenberg, nutrition and health expert at the Nutrition Center.
The weird smell after eating asparagus
“Your urine can indeed have a rather pungent odor after eating asparagus,” says Groenenberg. “That applies to both white and green asparagus. Certain substances in asparagus, including asparagusic acid, are converted in the body into volatile sulfur-containing compounds. You pee that sulfur out, and that gives your urine that typical asparagus smell,” she explains.
Not bothered by
And that intense smell can already arise after an hour. Do you not suffer from this at all? Then you’re either in denial or you can’t smell that sulfur at all. “Research has shown that you need a certain chromosome to be able to smell the asparagus smell. However, many people have a small mutation in it, so you can’t do that,” says Groenenberg.
Sulfur smell or not; just put those asparagus on the menu in the coming weeks, because the nutritionist says that this vegetable is very healthy. “Asparagus contains vitamins such as folic acid and vitamin K. But don’t forget to vary the vegetables: that is the best way to get all the good nutrients from vegetables.”
Culy wouldn’t be Culy if we also mention a series of recipes with an article with a subject like this. After all, the white gold remains the white gold. That’s why some combinations you should try once: asparagus with cod and miso beurre blanc , asparagus à la Flamande , or with burrata and dukkah .