Saturday, July 7, 2012

Why does asparagus make your...

For those lovers of asparagus including yours truly, there's an interesting biological phenomenon that takes place after one eats it, well for some of us at least.  Now some may find this topic not worthy of conversation or discussion and deem it a bit embarrassing or immodest.

But part of life is discovery. Discovering things about ourselves that unless asked, we may never know.

So.... why does asparagus make our pee smell?  Well the answer lies in our genes and enzymes or lack thereof.  Some people don't possess the gene for the enzyme to break down mercaptin, a sulfur compound found in asparagus. The breakdown of this substance, which occurs during the digestive process,  is what creates the odor.   If you don't have the gene, then no smell. Now you know.

Why do old people grow hair in their ears?

Can I  lose my contact lens in my head forever?

What causes an ice cream headache?

These life mysteries can be answered in Mark Leyner and Dr. Billy Goldberg's funny and knowledgeable book entitled, Why Do Men Have Nipples? Hundreds of Questions You'd Only Ask a Doctor After Your Third Martini

Once you've read it, don't forget to read their follow up book called, Why Do Men Fall Asleep After Sex?: More Questions You'd Only Ask a Doctor After Your Third Whiskey Sour?

I've not read their follow up but it's sure to be as educational and fun as their first.

Now, back to asparagus.  Grilled salmon and asparagus are on the menu tonight.  George Foreman is grilling the salmon ( not really but his grill will and I'm using the same salmon rub as last time) and as far as the asparagus recipe, check out Paula Dean's by clicking on this link: Recipe.

After eating this delicious, healthy meal, I might just need to plug my nose.

Bon Appetit!

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