This succulent, savory vegetable contains a stimulating blend of nutrients, making this member of the lily family a fantastic food for your health.
Asparagus is extremely low in calories at about 20 per serving (five spears), has no fat, and is low in sodium. It can be eaten raw or cooked. It may come as a surprise to some to know that there are three varieties of asparagus: American and British, which is green; French, which is purple; and Spanish and Dutch, which is white.
According to Smithsonian magazine, asparagus is the only food to contain the chemical asparagusic acid. When this aptly named chemical is digested, it breaks down into sulfur-containing compounds, which have a strong, unpleasant scent.
What’s weirder than a veggie causing stinky pee? The fact that not everyone can smell it. Scientists aren’t entirely sure why this is. Most evidence seems to suggest that not everyone can smell the odor, though some scientists think that not everyone produces it. Either way, there are no harmful effects to producing, or smelling, the odor in urine.
According to the Michigan Asparagus Advisory Board: