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22 Superfoods You Need To Stay Healthy This Spring

22 Superfoods You Need To Stay Healthy This Spring

The labeling of “superfood” is problematic for me. The word is used so often to describe so many things that it has become a marketing buzzword in the food industry — kind of like “all-natural” — verging on meaningless.

The more superfood becomes a blanket term, the less power it has to inform people on quality and, in turn, we trust it less. For the purposes of this article, we have rounded up nutrient-rich foods available during the spring months, from mid-march to mid-June. It’s as much about seasonality as it is about ranking the “healthiness” of foods.

With the changing seasons and springtime allergies kicking into high gear, there are a few “superfoods” you can add to your daily routine that will help protect you against unwanted illnesses, so you don’t have to miss out on the fabulous weather.

Pick up sweet California strawberries bursting with flavor from the grocery store to boost your immune system and keep your blood pressure low. Stock up on fresh parsley, which are an anti-inflammatory food, or channel your inner Popeye with lots of fresh spinach salads, which promise to boost energy.

We aren’t discriminating; we love all foods, super or otherwise, but these foods will go the extra-mile to promote health this spring.

22 Superfoods You Need To Stay Healthy This Spring

The labeling of “superfood” is problematic for me. Stock up on fresh parsley, which are an anti-inflammatory food, or channel your inner Popeye with lots of fresh spinach salads, which promise to boost energy.

We aren’t discriminating; we love all foods, super or otherwise, but these foods will go the extra-mile to promote health this spring.

Artichokes

Artichokes actually have two seasons, fall and spring, but this heart-healthy vegetable is at peak season from March through May. Use artichokes, which are high in magnesium (for bone health) and vitamin C (immune system) in salads, dips, tossed in pasta, steamed, and more this spring.

For 9 ways to cook with artichokes, click here.

Arugula

Spring salads are a welcomed sight after winter, and we can’t help but love arugula’s peppery flavor. Arugula prefers the cool weather of early spring. Toss arugula with a simple vinaigrette, add it to omelettes at breakfast, or stuffed into a lunchtime panini. Each addition of arugula will help you get your fill of beta-carotene, magnesium, fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, and folate — basically, arugula is your grown in the ground multi-vitamin.

For our arugula recipe collection, click here.

Asparagus

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Asparagus has a relatively short peak-season starting in late March and ending by mid-April. Packed with vitamin K and iron, asparagus will add color to your spring dinner plate, while promoting bone health and boosting energy. Steamed, grilled, roasted asparagus should be tender with a hint of crunch when cooked.

For our asparagus recipe collection, click here.

Beets

Beets are at their best during cool weather, like early spring and fall. Add this sweet superfood to salads, purée for cold soups, use in your sweets, or pickle for enjoying all year long. Beets help reduce blood pressure, boost energy, and relieve arthritis pain. This superfood is full of vitamin C, potassium, fiber, magnesium, and iron.

For our beets recipe collection, click here.

Fava Beans

From late March to early May, you can find fresh fava beans. Peel open the large pods for sweet spring beans that are tender, nutty, and fresh. With tons of protein (13 grams per cup), they are also a good source of iron and fiber. The younger beans will be the tenderest.

For our fava beans recipe collection, click here.

Fennel

Fennel is still in season in early spring, so get your fill of the crunchy, anise-scented, bulb before summer heat takes it out of season. Rich in potassium, you can slice the white bud and toss in salads or roast until tender, but don’t toss the green fronds, which make a delicious garnish.

For our fennel recipe collection, click here.

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Leafy Lettuce

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Our steady diet of tender kale will have to wait until the fall. The warmer weather will turn the favorite among the dark leafy greens bitter. Instead, try tender, green, leafy lettuces in your salads this spring. Romaine, Bibb, and leaf lettuce are all in peak season in the spring, and boast of plenty of folic acid and vitamin B.

For more on leafy lettuce, click here.

Leeks

The phytochemicals in leeks will help keep your immune-system powered up during allergy season. Leeks taste best cooked as opposed to raw and have a mild onion flavor. Leek season, which starts in the fall, comes to a close at the end of spring, so enjoy this superfood while you can.

For our leeks recipe collection, click here.

Lemons

Lemons are at peak season through April, so enjoy plenty of lemonade with this tart citrus to cool off as the temperatures outside begin to heat up for summer. Just one lemon contains a third of the daily recommended amount of vitamin C, which builds collagen. Not to mention it is an excellent, low-calorie way to add a bright kick of flavor to your meals.

For more uses for lemons, click here.

Parsley

More than just a garnish, parsley is an anti-inflammatory food with high levels of vitamin C, K, and A, as well as folic acid. Add it to your smoothies, sprinkle it over your roasted vegetables, purée it in pesto — even nosh on that plate garnish because parsley is one of the most overlooked superfoods.

For more about the power of parsley, click here.

Peas

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Pistachios

Pistachios are actually harvested toward the end of summer, but are available year round. This delicious green nut becomes particularly important during your spring diet clean-up for warding off pesky spring colds. Plus their green color fits in perfectly with all the brightly-colored, spring produce.

For our pistachios recipe collection, click here.

Radishes

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Ramps

Ramps, or wild leeks, are part of the allium family, which includes garlic and onions. One of the most photogenic spring vegetables, ramps are as good for you as they are beautiful. They have the intensity of garlic, but with a sweet aftertaste, similar to the milder leeks. They are also noted for containing high amounts of vitamin A (for bone health) and vitamin C (for immune health). In addition to vitamins, sulfides found in the vegetable are linked to a reduced risk for colon and breast cancers.

For our ramps recipe collection, click here.

Scallions

Scallions, sometimes referred to as green onions, are immature, milder onions that are harvested before a bulb forms. These springtime onions are delicious diced and sprinkled over dishes for a mild onion-y zing, and they contain lots of healthy phytonutrients. Quercetin lowers blood pressure and acts like an antihistamine, so if you suffer from seasonal allergies you might want to add more scallions to your spring diet plan.

For our scallions recipe collection, click here.

Spinach

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Warm days and cooler nights intensify the sugars in spinach making spring the best season for enjoying the leafy green that is high in iron, folate, and vitamin C. Spinach will help keep your energy levels up, allergies in check, and immune system running smoothly.

For the 6 Best Spinach Recipes, click here.

Spring Garlic

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Spring garlic is still slightly immature giving it a sweeter, milder taste than the garlic you buy later in the summer. Like ramps, garlic is a member of the pungently scented allium family. As a superfood, garlic is responsible for boosting your immune system, safe-guarding your memory, and revving up your metabolism.

For 9 great garlic recipes, click here.

Strawberries

Walnuts

Walnuts contain the amino acid tryptophan that helps the body produce serotonin, which makes you feel good, and who doesn’t want to feel good this spring? Add more walnuts to your diet this spring for mood stability and for added crunchy texture to your fresh leafy greens.

For our walnuts recipe collection, click here.


Science explains why asparagus makes your pee smell funny

This question posted on WebMD really explains the meat of the issue at hand in this article and is incredibly LOL-worthy:

“Q: I've noticed that when I eat asparagus, my urine has a funny smell. Is that normal?

A: It's totally normal. In fact, the effect of asparagus on urine odor has been observed for centuries. French novelist Marcel Proust famously wrote in 1913 that asparagus ‘transforms my chamber-pot into a flask of perfume.’ And one British men's club is said to have put up a sign reading, ‘During the asparagus season, members are requested not to relieve themselves in the hat stand.’”

Now that we’ve got that out of our system, let’s discuss why getting asparagus-laden pee out of our system is often a unique olfactory experience. Have you ever left liquid protein in a sealed shaker for too long? When you’re unfortunate enough to open it back up, it really stinks. Like, really, really smells horrendously awful. This is because of the sulfurous smell that the building blocks of proteins, amino acids, tend to carry.

Well guess what? Asparagus contains protein, too, and its amino acids break down in a particularly pungent way. Unlike the relatively neutral scent of asparagus in the raw, the broken down components of this nutritious vegetable’s amino acids can become airborne, allowing some of us to smell them in their most putrid form. The crazy thing that many of you have probably experienced is that asparagus can taint the smell of your urine unbelievably quickly. After eating asparagus, it isn’t rare for your very next trip to the can to smell strangely bitter and all-around icky. It takes as little as 15 minutes for asparagus to infect (that’s such a harsh word and it’s not technically accurate, but we’re keeping it anyway) your pee.

This smelly combination of chemicals is known as asparagusic acid and, believe it or not, is unique to asparagus. While some of us can clearly smell it, others have a harder time detecting the stench. Smithsonian Mag covers the hot (98.6 degrees warm, we’d say) topic of those who can’t smell asparagus in urine, saying, “Some believe that, for physiological reasons, these people (which constitute anywhere from 20 to 40 percent of the population) don’t produce the aroma in their urine when they digest asparagus, while others think that they produce the exact same scent, but somehow lack the ability to smell it.”

While there’s no conclusive evidence for either camp, further studies have shown the potential for one genetic mutation to be present amongst those who can’t smell asparagus in their pee. Whether it’s your nose’s incapability to detect the aroma, your stomach’s ability to reduce the scent of asparagusic acid, or something else altogether, those of us that are lucky enough to be "blessed" with the ability will continue to eat asparagus warily for the remainder of our leafy green days.


Science explains why asparagus makes your pee smell funny

This question posted on WebMD really explains the meat of the issue at hand in this article and is incredibly LOL-worthy:

“Q: I've noticed that when I eat asparagus, my urine has a funny smell. Is that normal?

A: It's totally normal. In fact, the effect of asparagus on urine odor has been observed for centuries. French novelist Marcel Proust famously wrote in 1913 that asparagus ‘transforms my chamber-pot into a flask of perfume.’ And one British men's club is said to have put up a sign reading, ‘During the asparagus season, members are requested not to relieve themselves in the hat stand.’”

Now that we’ve got that out of our system, let’s discuss why getting asparagus-laden pee out of our system is often a unique olfactory experience. Have you ever left liquid protein in a sealed shaker for too long? When you’re unfortunate enough to open it back up, it really stinks. Like, really, really smells horrendously awful. This is because of the sulfurous smell that the building blocks of proteins, amino acids, tend to carry.

Well guess what? Asparagus contains protein, too, and its amino acids break down in a particularly pungent way. Unlike the relatively neutral scent of asparagus in the raw, the broken down components of this nutritious vegetable’s amino acids can become airborne, allowing some of us to smell them in their most putrid form. The crazy thing that many of you have probably experienced is that asparagus can taint the smell of your urine unbelievably quickly. After eating asparagus, it isn’t rare for your very next trip to the can to smell strangely bitter and all-around icky. It takes as little as 15 minutes for asparagus to infect (that’s such a harsh word and it’s not technically accurate, but we’re keeping it anyway) your pee.

This smelly combination of chemicals is known as asparagusic acid and, believe it or not, is unique to asparagus. While some of us can clearly smell it, others have a harder time detecting the stench. Smithsonian Mag covers the hot (98.6 degrees warm, we’d say) topic of those who can’t smell asparagus in urine, saying, “Some believe that, for physiological reasons, these people (which constitute anywhere from 20 to 40 percent of the population) don’t produce the aroma in their urine when they digest asparagus, while others think that they produce the exact same scent, but somehow lack the ability to smell it.”

While there’s no conclusive evidence for either camp, further studies have shown the potential for one genetic mutation to be present amongst those who can’t smell asparagus in their pee. Whether it’s your nose’s incapability to detect the aroma, your stomach’s ability to reduce the scent of asparagusic acid, or something else altogether, those of us that are lucky enough to be "blessed" with the ability will continue to eat asparagus warily for the remainder of our leafy green days.


Science explains why asparagus makes your pee smell funny

This question posted on WebMD really explains the meat of the issue at hand in this article and is incredibly LOL-worthy:

“Q: I've noticed that when I eat asparagus, my urine has a funny smell. Is that normal?

A: It's totally normal. In fact, the effect of asparagus on urine odor has been observed for centuries. French novelist Marcel Proust famously wrote in 1913 that asparagus ‘transforms my chamber-pot into a flask of perfume.’ And one British men's club is said to have put up a sign reading, ‘During the asparagus season, members are requested not to relieve themselves in the hat stand.’”

Now that we’ve got that out of our system, let’s discuss why getting asparagus-laden pee out of our system is often a unique olfactory experience. Have you ever left liquid protein in a sealed shaker for too long? When you’re unfortunate enough to open it back up, it really stinks. Like, really, really smells horrendously awful. This is because of the sulfurous smell that the building blocks of proteins, amino acids, tend to carry.

Well guess what? Asparagus contains protein, too, and its amino acids break down in a particularly pungent way. Unlike the relatively neutral scent of asparagus in the raw, the broken down components of this nutritious vegetable’s amino acids can become airborne, allowing some of us to smell them in their most putrid form. The crazy thing that many of you have probably experienced is that asparagus can taint the smell of your urine unbelievably quickly. After eating asparagus, it isn’t rare for your very next trip to the can to smell strangely bitter and all-around icky. It takes as little as 15 minutes for asparagus to infect (that’s such a harsh word and it’s not technically accurate, but we’re keeping it anyway) your pee.

This smelly combination of chemicals is known as asparagusic acid and, believe it or not, is unique to asparagus. While some of us can clearly smell it, others have a harder time detecting the stench. Smithsonian Mag covers the hot (98.6 degrees warm, we’d say) topic of those who can’t smell asparagus in urine, saying, “Some believe that, for physiological reasons, these people (which constitute anywhere from 20 to 40 percent of the population) don’t produce the aroma in their urine when they digest asparagus, while others think that they produce the exact same scent, but somehow lack the ability to smell it.”

While there’s no conclusive evidence for either camp, further studies have shown the potential for one genetic mutation to be present amongst those who can’t smell asparagus in their pee. Whether it’s your nose’s incapability to detect the aroma, your stomach’s ability to reduce the scent of asparagusic acid, or something else altogether, those of us that are lucky enough to be "blessed" with the ability will continue to eat asparagus warily for the remainder of our leafy green days.


Science explains why asparagus makes your pee smell funny

This question posted on WebMD really explains the meat of the issue at hand in this article and is incredibly LOL-worthy:

“Q: I've noticed that when I eat asparagus, my urine has a funny smell. Is that normal?

A: It's totally normal. In fact, the effect of asparagus on urine odor has been observed for centuries. French novelist Marcel Proust famously wrote in 1913 that asparagus ‘transforms my chamber-pot into a flask of perfume.’ And one British men's club is said to have put up a sign reading, ‘During the asparagus season, members are requested not to relieve themselves in the hat stand.’”

Now that we’ve got that out of our system, let’s discuss why getting asparagus-laden pee out of our system is often a unique olfactory experience. Have you ever left liquid protein in a sealed shaker for too long? When you’re unfortunate enough to open it back up, it really stinks. Like, really, really smells horrendously awful. This is because of the sulfurous smell that the building blocks of proteins, amino acids, tend to carry.

Well guess what? Asparagus contains protein, too, and its amino acids break down in a particularly pungent way. Unlike the relatively neutral scent of asparagus in the raw, the broken down components of this nutritious vegetable’s amino acids can become airborne, allowing some of us to smell them in their most putrid form. The crazy thing that many of you have probably experienced is that asparagus can taint the smell of your urine unbelievably quickly. After eating asparagus, it isn’t rare for your very next trip to the can to smell strangely bitter and all-around icky. It takes as little as 15 minutes for asparagus to infect (that’s such a harsh word and it’s not technically accurate, but we’re keeping it anyway) your pee.

This smelly combination of chemicals is known as asparagusic acid and, believe it or not, is unique to asparagus. While some of us can clearly smell it, others have a harder time detecting the stench. Smithsonian Mag covers the hot (98.6 degrees warm, we’d say) topic of those who can’t smell asparagus in urine, saying, “Some believe that, for physiological reasons, these people (which constitute anywhere from 20 to 40 percent of the population) don’t produce the aroma in their urine when they digest asparagus, while others think that they produce the exact same scent, but somehow lack the ability to smell it.”

While there’s no conclusive evidence for either camp, further studies have shown the potential for one genetic mutation to be present amongst those who can’t smell asparagus in their pee. Whether it’s your nose’s incapability to detect the aroma, your stomach’s ability to reduce the scent of asparagusic acid, or something else altogether, those of us that are lucky enough to be "blessed" with the ability will continue to eat asparagus warily for the remainder of our leafy green days.


Science explains why asparagus makes your pee smell funny

This question posted on WebMD really explains the meat of the issue at hand in this article and is incredibly LOL-worthy:

“Q: I've noticed that when I eat asparagus, my urine has a funny smell. Is that normal?

A: It's totally normal. In fact, the effect of asparagus on urine odor has been observed for centuries. French novelist Marcel Proust famously wrote in 1913 that asparagus ‘transforms my chamber-pot into a flask of perfume.’ And one British men's club is said to have put up a sign reading, ‘During the asparagus season, members are requested not to relieve themselves in the hat stand.’”

Now that we’ve got that out of our system, let’s discuss why getting asparagus-laden pee out of our system is often a unique olfactory experience. Have you ever left liquid protein in a sealed shaker for too long? When you’re unfortunate enough to open it back up, it really stinks. Like, really, really smells horrendously awful. This is because of the sulfurous smell that the building blocks of proteins, amino acids, tend to carry.

Well guess what? Asparagus contains protein, too, and its amino acids break down in a particularly pungent way. Unlike the relatively neutral scent of asparagus in the raw, the broken down components of this nutritious vegetable’s amino acids can become airborne, allowing some of us to smell them in their most putrid form. The crazy thing that many of you have probably experienced is that asparagus can taint the smell of your urine unbelievably quickly. After eating asparagus, it isn’t rare for your very next trip to the can to smell strangely bitter and all-around icky. It takes as little as 15 minutes for asparagus to infect (that’s such a harsh word and it’s not technically accurate, but we’re keeping it anyway) your pee.

This smelly combination of chemicals is known as asparagusic acid and, believe it or not, is unique to asparagus. While some of us can clearly smell it, others have a harder time detecting the stench. Smithsonian Mag covers the hot (98.6 degrees warm, we’d say) topic of those who can’t smell asparagus in urine, saying, “Some believe that, for physiological reasons, these people (which constitute anywhere from 20 to 40 percent of the population) don’t produce the aroma in their urine when they digest asparagus, while others think that they produce the exact same scent, but somehow lack the ability to smell it.”

While there’s no conclusive evidence for either camp, further studies have shown the potential for one genetic mutation to be present amongst those who can’t smell asparagus in their pee. Whether it’s your nose’s incapability to detect the aroma, your stomach’s ability to reduce the scent of asparagusic acid, or something else altogether, those of us that are lucky enough to be "blessed" with the ability will continue to eat asparagus warily for the remainder of our leafy green days.


Science explains why asparagus makes your pee smell funny

This question posted on WebMD really explains the meat of the issue at hand in this article and is incredibly LOL-worthy:

“Q: I've noticed that when I eat asparagus, my urine has a funny smell. Is that normal?

A: It's totally normal. In fact, the effect of asparagus on urine odor has been observed for centuries. French novelist Marcel Proust famously wrote in 1913 that asparagus ‘transforms my chamber-pot into a flask of perfume.’ And one British men's club is said to have put up a sign reading, ‘During the asparagus season, members are requested not to relieve themselves in the hat stand.’”

Now that we’ve got that out of our system, let’s discuss why getting asparagus-laden pee out of our system is often a unique olfactory experience. Have you ever left liquid protein in a sealed shaker for too long? When you’re unfortunate enough to open it back up, it really stinks. Like, really, really smells horrendously awful. This is because of the sulfurous smell that the building blocks of proteins, amino acids, tend to carry.

Well guess what? Asparagus contains protein, too, and its amino acids break down in a particularly pungent way. Unlike the relatively neutral scent of asparagus in the raw, the broken down components of this nutritious vegetable’s amino acids can become airborne, allowing some of us to smell them in their most putrid form. The crazy thing that many of you have probably experienced is that asparagus can taint the smell of your urine unbelievably quickly. After eating asparagus, it isn’t rare for your very next trip to the can to smell strangely bitter and all-around icky. It takes as little as 15 minutes for asparagus to infect (that’s such a harsh word and it’s not technically accurate, but we’re keeping it anyway) your pee.

This smelly combination of chemicals is known as asparagusic acid and, believe it or not, is unique to asparagus. While some of us can clearly smell it, others have a harder time detecting the stench. Smithsonian Mag covers the hot (98.6 degrees warm, we’d say) topic of those who can’t smell asparagus in urine, saying, “Some believe that, for physiological reasons, these people (which constitute anywhere from 20 to 40 percent of the population) don’t produce the aroma in their urine when they digest asparagus, while others think that they produce the exact same scent, but somehow lack the ability to smell it.”

While there’s no conclusive evidence for either camp, further studies have shown the potential for one genetic mutation to be present amongst those who can’t smell asparagus in their pee. Whether it’s your nose’s incapability to detect the aroma, your stomach’s ability to reduce the scent of asparagusic acid, or something else altogether, those of us that are lucky enough to be "blessed" with the ability will continue to eat asparagus warily for the remainder of our leafy green days.


Science explains why asparagus makes your pee smell funny

This question posted on WebMD really explains the meat of the issue at hand in this article and is incredibly LOL-worthy:

“Q: I've noticed that when I eat asparagus, my urine has a funny smell. Is that normal?

A: It's totally normal. In fact, the effect of asparagus on urine odor has been observed for centuries. French novelist Marcel Proust famously wrote in 1913 that asparagus ‘transforms my chamber-pot into a flask of perfume.’ And one British men's club is said to have put up a sign reading, ‘During the asparagus season, members are requested not to relieve themselves in the hat stand.’”

Now that we’ve got that out of our system, let’s discuss why getting asparagus-laden pee out of our system is often a unique olfactory experience. Have you ever left liquid protein in a sealed shaker for too long? When you’re unfortunate enough to open it back up, it really stinks. Like, really, really smells horrendously awful. This is because of the sulfurous smell that the building blocks of proteins, amino acids, tend to carry.

Well guess what? Asparagus contains protein, too, and its amino acids break down in a particularly pungent way. Unlike the relatively neutral scent of asparagus in the raw, the broken down components of this nutritious vegetable’s amino acids can become airborne, allowing some of us to smell them in their most putrid form. The crazy thing that many of you have probably experienced is that asparagus can taint the smell of your urine unbelievably quickly. After eating asparagus, it isn’t rare for your very next trip to the can to smell strangely bitter and all-around icky. It takes as little as 15 minutes for asparagus to infect (that’s such a harsh word and it’s not technically accurate, but we’re keeping it anyway) your pee.

This smelly combination of chemicals is known as asparagusic acid and, believe it or not, is unique to asparagus. While some of us can clearly smell it, others have a harder time detecting the stench. Smithsonian Mag covers the hot (98.6 degrees warm, we’d say) topic of those who can’t smell asparagus in urine, saying, “Some believe that, for physiological reasons, these people (which constitute anywhere from 20 to 40 percent of the population) don’t produce the aroma in their urine when they digest asparagus, while others think that they produce the exact same scent, but somehow lack the ability to smell it.”

While there’s no conclusive evidence for either camp, further studies have shown the potential for one genetic mutation to be present amongst those who can’t smell asparagus in their pee. Whether it’s your nose’s incapability to detect the aroma, your stomach’s ability to reduce the scent of asparagusic acid, or something else altogether, those of us that are lucky enough to be "blessed" with the ability will continue to eat asparagus warily for the remainder of our leafy green days.


Science explains why asparagus makes your pee smell funny

This question posted on WebMD really explains the meat of the issue at hand in this article and is incredibly LOL-worthy:

“Q: I've noticed that when I eat asparagus, my urine has a funny smell. Is that normal?

A: It's totally normal. In fact, the effect of asparagus on urine odor has been observed for centuries. French novelist Marcel Proust famously wrote in 1913 that asparagus ‘transforms my chamber-pot into a flask of perfume.’ And one British men's club is said to have put up a sign reading, ‘During the asparagus season, members are requested not to relieve themselves in the hat stand.’”

Now that we’ve got that out of our system, let’s discuss why getting asparagus-laden pee out of our system is often a unique olfactory experience. Have you ever left liquid protein in a sealed shaker for too long? When you’re unfortunate enough to open it back up, it really stinks. Like, really, really smells horrendously awful. This is because of the sulfurous smell that the building blocks of proteins, amino acids, tend to carry.

Well guess what? Asparagus contains protein, too, and its amino acids break down in a particularly pungent way. Unlike the relatively neutral scent of asparagus in the raw, the broken down components of this nutritious vegetable’s amino acids can become airborne, allowing some of us to smell them in their most putrid form. The crazy thing that many of you have probably experienced is that asparagus can taint the smell of your urine unbelievably quickly. After eating asparagus, it isn’t rare for your very next trip to the can to smell strangely bitter and all-around icky. It takes as little as 15 minutes for asparagus to infect (that’s such a harsh word and it’s not technically accurate, but we’re keeping it anyway) your pee.

This smelly combination of chemicals is known as asparagusic acid and, believe it or not, is unique to asparagus. While some of us can clearly smell it, others have a harder time detecting the stench. Smithsonian Mag covers the hot (98.6 degrees warm, we’d say) topic of those who can’t smell asparagus in urine, saying, “Some believe that, for physiological reasons, these people (which constitute anywhere from 20 to 40 percent of the population) don’t produce the aroma in their urine when they digest asparagus, while others think that they produce the exact same scent, but somehow lack the ability to smell it.”

While there’s no conclusive evidence for either camp, further studies have shown the potential for one genetic mutation to be present amongst those who can’t smell asparagus in their pee. Whether it’s your nose’s incapability to detect the aroma, your stomach’s ability to reduce the scent of asparagusic acid, or something else altogether, those of us that are lucky enough to be "blessed" with the ability will continue to eat asparagus warily for the remainder of our leafy green days.


Science explains why asparagus makes your pee smell funny

This question posted on WebMD really explains the meat of the issue at hand in this article and is incredibly LOL-worthy:

“Q: I've noticed that when I eat asparagus, my urine has a funny smell. Is that normal?

A: It's totally normal. In fact, the effect of asparagus on urine odor has been observed for centuries. French novelist Marcel Proust famously wrote in 1913 that asparagus ‘transforms my chamber-pot into a flask of perfume.’ And one British men's club is said to have put up a sign reading, ‘During the asparagus season, members are requested not to relieve themselves in the hat stand.’”

Now that we’ve got that out of our system, let’s discuss why getting asparagus-laden pee out of our system is often a unique olfactory experience. Have you ever left liquid protein in a sealed shaker for too long? When you’re unfortunate enough to open it back up, it really stinks. Like, really, really smells horrendously awful. This is because of the sulfurous smell that the building blocks of proteins, amino acids, tend to carry.

Well guess what? Asparagus contains protein, too, and its amino acids break down in a particularly pungent way. Unlike the relatively neutral scent of asparagus in the raw, the broken down components of this nutritious vegetable’s amino acids can become airborne, allowing some of us to smell them in their most putrid form. The crazy thing that many of you have probably experienced is that asparagus can taint the smell of your urine unbelievably quickly. After eating asparagus, it isn’t rare for your very next trip to the can to smell strangely bitter and all-around icky. It takes as little as 15 minutes for asparagus to infect (that’s such a harsh word and it’s not technically accurate, but we’re keeping it anyway) your pee.

This smelly combination of chemicals is known as asparagusic acid and, believe it or not, is unique to asparagus. While some of us can clearly smell it, others have a harder time detecting the stench. Smithsonian Mag covers the hot (98.6 degrees warm, we’d say) topic of those who can’t smell asparagus in urine, saying, “Some believe that, for physiological reasons, these people (which constitute anywhere from 20 to 40 percent of the population) don’t produce the aroma in their urine when they digest asparagus, while others think that they produce the exact same scent, but somehow lack the ability to smell it.”

While there’s no conclusive evidence for either camp, further studies have shown the potential for one genetic mutation to be present amongst those who can’t smell asparagus in their pee. Whether it’s your nose’s incapability to detect the aroma, your stomach’s ability to reduce the scent of asparagusic acid, or something else altogether, those of us that are lucky enough to be "blessed" with the ability will continue to eat asparagus warily for the remainder of our leafy green days.


Science explains why asparagus makes your pee smell funny

This question posted on WebMD really explains the meat of the issue at hand in this article and is incredibly LOL-worthy:

“Q: I've noticed that when I eat asparagus, my urine has a funny smell. Is that normal?

A: It's totally normal. In fact, the effect of asparagus on urine odor has been observed for centuries. French novelist Marcel Proust famously wrote in 1913 that asparagus ‘transforms my chamber-pot into a flask of perfume.’ And one British men's club is said to have put up a sign reading, ‘During the asparagus season, members are requested not to relieve themselves in the hat stand.’”

Now that we’ve got that out of our system, let’s discuss why getting asparagus-laden pee out of our system is often a unique olfactory experience. Have you ever left liquid protein in a sealed shaker for too long? When you’re unfortunate enough to open it back up, it really stinks. Like, really, really smells horrendously awful. This is because of the sulfurous smell that the building blocks of proteins, amino acids, tend to carry.

Well guess what? Asparagus contains protein, too, and its amino acids break down in a particularly pungent way. Unlike the relatively neutral scent of asparagus in the raw, the broken down components of this nutritious vegetable’s amino acids can become airborne, allowing some of us to smell them in their most putrid form. The crazy thing that many of you have probably experienced is that asparagus can taint the smell of your urine unbelievably quickly. After eating asparagus, it isn’t rare for your very next trip to the can to smell strangely bitter and all-around icky. It takes as little as 15 minutes for asparagus to infect (that’s such a harsh word and it’s not technically accurate, but we’re keeping it anyway) your pee.

This smelly combination of chemicals is known as asparagusic acid and, believe it or not, is unique to asparagus. While some of us can clearly smell it, others have a harder time detecting the stench. Smithsonian Mag covers the hot (98.6 degrees warm, we’d say) topic of those who can’t smell asparagus in urine, saying, “Some believe that, for physiological reasons, these people (which constitute anywhere from 20 to 40 percent of the population) don’t produce the aroma in their urine when they digest asparagus, while others think that they produce the exact same scent, but somehow lack the ability to smell it.”

While there’s no conclusive evidence for either camp, further studies have shown the potential for one genetic mutation to be present amongst those who can’t smell asparagus in their pee. Whether it’s your nose’s incapability to detect the aroma, your stomach’s ability to reduce the scent of asparagusic acid, or something else altogether, those of us that are lucky enough to be "blessed" with the ability will continue to eat asparagus warily for the remainder of our leafy green days.


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