Sulfur Odor in Urine

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Asparagus can cause urine to smell of sulfur.
Asparagus can cause urine to smell of sulfur. (Image: asparagus image by cherie from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>)

On average, a person voids 6 1/2 cups of urine a day. The only time most people notice the odor of urine is when there is a surprising change in it, like when it takes on a sulfur odor after you eat asparagus.

Urine Odor

Urine is made up of the waste products your kidneys remove from your blood and excess water that you have consumed. Its odor and color can be changed by food you eat, according to Harvard University HealthBeat.

Asparagus

After you've eaten asparagus, your urine might take on a greenish tint. It could also smell odd, like bad cabbage, or like sulfur.

Causes

Proteins in asparagus contain sulfur. When your body breaks down the sulfur compounds and you excrete them in your urine, it could smell like sulfur.

Exceptions

While many people excrete sulfur in their urine, some people do not. This means that their urine does not take on a sulfur odor after eating asparagus.

Considerations

Excreting sulfur compounds is not harmful to your health. The sulfur odor will disappear when the compounds are gone from your system.

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