You Should Know

October 1998 Issue

Colorful Tales from the Urinary Tract

Does your toilet bowl have you seeing red or bright yellow, or are you smelling funkier than usual odors'? Relax, it's probably just something you ate. Why Red? Beets Me. Before you panic over what looks like blood in your urine, think back to last night's dinner. Did you eat beets? A pigment in beets, called betacyanin, can tint your urine beet red if you've inherited genes from both parents that cause it

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