For some – Asparagus can make your wee smelly!
Why does this happen?
Well, Asparagus contains a sulphur compound called mercaptan. When your digestive system breaks down the mercaptan, a by-product is that it releases a strange smell. This process can be so quick that you can detect a smell within 15 minutes of eating asparagus.
Did you know that it is also a genetic lottery as to whether this will actually happen to you? Only some people have the enzymes in their system.
So apart from its strange little side effect, what else does asparagus contain?
Well its packed with so many nutrients:
- Only 11 calories
- Vitamin A (10% of your RDA)
- Vitamin C (24% of your RDA)
- Calcium (10% of your RDA)
- Iron (2% of your RDA)
- PLUS Magnesium, Zinc, Protein (2g) Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Thiamine, Riboflavin, Niacin, Folate, Phosphorus, Potassium, Copper, Manganese and Selenium.
So you see those little spears are crammed full of goodness. Why not pop down to your local farmers market or farm shop and buy yourself a bundle of nutrition and enjoy it raw or cooked hot or cold. Why not find out if you have an intolerance to asparagus or if you have a nutrition deficiency with the intolerance testing group.