Seeking asparagus info

Beverly Erlebacher bae at oci.utoronto.ca
Tue Mar 8 13:28:21 EST 1994


In article <2ldrhe$6g0 at franklin.cc.utas.edu.au> piggy at hilbert.maths.utas.edu.au (La Monte Yarroll) writes:
>There is something in aparagus which causes a specific odour in urine
>in certain individuals.  Does anybody know what this substance is?
>
>We would appreciate any information on asparagus or related species.

There was a discusssion about this a few years ago on the net.  Someone
posted a reference. When the chemists examined the urine of those who do
and those who don't, they found out that *everybody* produces this compound
after eating asparagus, but only some people can smell it!

Sorry, I didn't save the discussion, but perhaps someone else did.




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