You know it’s true. It takes about two or three seconds for the odour of asparagus pee to waft up to your nose, and when it does, oh boy. It is foul and it is pungent.
Approximately 22 to 50 per cent of people report rank urine after they’ve consumed asparagus (according to BuzzFeed), but we’re inclined to believe this happens 100 per cent of the time. At least, it certainly
feels smells that way.
So why does this occur? We thought vegetables were good for you!
Well, don’t worry, they still are. The asparagus stink is the result of an all-natural chemical breakdown. The lean, green veggie contains a unique chemical called asparagusic acid, and as it’s digested, it leaves sulphur as a result. The remaining sulphuric compounds are volatile, so they convert into a gaseous state at room temperature, wafting up to you as nature’s stink bomb.
Watch the folks at BuzzFeed sleuth their way through this one in the video, above. (Though, as you’ll see, we’d probably choose a better method than they did — gross.)