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Feb 14, 2011 11:57 AM

Are you able to smell asparagus metabolites in urine? [from General Topics]

I had assumed that nearly everyone was able to detect the odor of asparagus in the urine of someone who had just eaten asparagus, but I've now discovered that some people lack the ability to do so.

Are you someone who can smell the odor or someone who can't?

How about your first-degree relatives (parents, siblings, children -- not spouses)? Are they the same as you (also have -- or lack -- the ability to detect the odor)?

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  1. I've been wondering about this for a long time but didn't have the cojones to ask. Yes, I am one. Mr. RNR is not. Not sure about our child, he's still a baby and can't tell us yet :)

    1. My father, who will be 87 this spring, recalls listening to some radio broadcast of a dinner where Babe Ruth was a featured celebrity. He apparently was stationed very near the microphones, because when a waitress offered him asparagus, he could be heard very audibly to decline because asparagus made his urine smell....

      1. Yes I can (as can my spouse). I'm not about to ask my family. It's just inviting a whole 'nother set of bodily function jokes. Not gonna do it!!! Got too many f@rt references as it is!

        Not certain if it's related but I'm a super-taster as well. And please don't ask if I can taste the metabolites in urine......don't even.....not funny.....did I mention I have enough bodily function jokes from my family as it is??

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        1. re: Dee S

          Sure glad to know my family isn't the only one like this. lol

          Yes, I can smell it within a very short period after ingesting. I love to eat asparagus but really don't like that smell!

        2. I think it is about 50/50, it's a genetic thing.

          1. yes and immediately, like if I need to 'go' within 10 minutes. We call it 'asparagus wee wee smell' in my family (sorry for the tmi).

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            1. re: smartie

              Yes, it amazes me that the asparagus makes it to my bladder within minutes . . .