Last week it was spring and summer fruit – this week I am all excited about asparagus! Who doesn’t love asparagus? If you don’t – I am not sure we can be friends ….. and only slightly kidding. Fresh spears of asparagus cut up in a salad – sautéed in olive oil – or on the grill …. YUMMY!!! The only problem is – wait for it – when you pee!!!!
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.”
Depending on which study you read, between 22% and 50% of the population report having pungent pee after eating asparagus. Yikes – and it always catches me off guard – even when I know that I just ate some asparagus. Same thing with beets – but that is a visual surprise!
However – that doesn’t mean only some people’s bodies generate that smell. Researchers believe that, during digestion, the vegetable’s sulfurous amino acids break down into smelly chemical components in all people. And because those components are “volatile,” meaning airborne, the odor wafts upward as the urine leaves the body and can be detected as soon as 15 minutes after you eat this spring delicacy. Just means that not everyone’s noses are as sensitive.
Whether or not you have a sensitive nose – asparagus is good for you! Super good for you!
- It’s nutrient loaded! Asparagus is a very good source of fiber, folate, vitamins A, C, E and K, as well as chromium, a trace mineral that enhances the ability of insulin to transport glucose from the bloodstream into cells.
- It is a cancer fighter! This herbaceous plant—along with avocado, kale and Brussels sprouts—is a particularly rich source of glutathione, a detoxifying compound that helps break down carcinogens and other harmful compounds like free radicals. This is why eating asparagus may help protect against and fight certain forms of cancer, such as bone, breast, colon, larynx and lung cancers.
- It is packed with antioxidants! Asparagus one of the top ranked fruits and vegetables for its ability to neutralize cell-damaging free radicals. This, according to preliminary research, may help slow the aging process.
- It is a brain booster! Another anti-aging property of this delicious spring veggie is that it may help our brains fight cognitive decline. Like leafy greens, asparagus delivers folate, which works with vitamin B12.
What is your favorite way to eat it? I would add some recipes – but my favorites are recipe-less …. easy peasy just eating it, sautéed or grilled …. no recipe ….just yummy!
Move your body, put good things in and ENJOY every day!