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8 Foods That Make Your Pee Smell Other Than Asparagus

Tehrene Firman

Tehrene FirmanMarch 7, 2019

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Your daily diet makes a big difference in the way you feel, but it also plays a part when it comes to your body odor. In fact, the phrase “you are what you eat” is especially accurate when it comes to your pee. Without a doubt, certain foods impact the pungency of your urine more than others. (Hello, asparagus.)

Some foods that make your pee smell are totally healthy. The odor has to do with how the body breaks it down. According to a 2010 study, the reason asparagus makes your pee smell is that it acts as a natural diuretic due to the high levels of asparagine, getting rid of any extra salt and fluids in the body and warding off urinary tract infections in the process. The subsequent odor is the only issue when you load up on the green stuff, according to the Mayo Clinic. But hey—it’s totally worth it.

We’ve all take a trip to the loo only to be reminded that we ate asparagus earlier in the day, but there are some surprising foods that make your pee smell.

8 other foods that make your pee smell

1. Brussels sprouts

If you’ve been snacking on Brussels sprouts wings lately, your pee is about to show it. When your body breaks down the veggie during digestion, it produces methyl mercaptan, a gas that’s well-known for making your urine smell less-than-stellar.

2. Onions

Onions make you cry, and they also make your urine stinky. Like Brussels sprouts, methyl mercaptan occurs naturally in the vegetable. But along with changing your pee, the gas is also responsible for bad breath.

3. Fish

Yep, eating fish could cause your urine to smell fishy, too. According to the University of California, Berkeley, those who have the metabolic disorder trimethylaminuria can’t properly break down the compound trimethylamine. Because of that, the compound builds up and exits the body via sweat, your breath, and urine.

4. Coffee

If you’re an avid coffee drinker, expect a scent. When your body breaks it down, byproducts of coffee called metabolites wind up in your urine. And the result is a coffee-like smell when you go to the bathroom. It also serves as a great reminder that you might want to cut back on the Starbucks a bit.

5. Cumin

Curry is certainly comforting during the winter months, but it might come at a cost. Because cumin—one of its prime ingredients—contains sulfur compounds, it can cause your pee to stink.

6. Garlic

Garlic and onions are in the same family, so it’s no wonder both pungent-smelling veggies also product gross-smelling urine. But there are plenty of benefits that come from dealing with the stench, like its ability to fight inflammation, cancer, and protect your liver.

7. Alcohol

After a night with one too many margaritas, your body’s most important goal is getting all that alcohol out of your system. According to clinical psychologist John Mayer, PhD, it does so through oxidation, a process that breaks down the toxins in alcohol and excretes them through your breath, sweat, and—you guessed it—urine.

8. Pineapple

Phew! Not all foods produce foul-smelling pee. One that actually makes your urine smell good is pineapple. When you eat the high-sugar fruit, sometimes your body fluids start smelling sweet, too.

No, drinking dog urine to fight off acne is not a good idea. Or, find out how physical therapy could help your UTIs.

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