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A 36-year-old male asked:

Why does my urine smell like butter?

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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine 42 years experience
Diet: It is very common to have changes in the odor of urine as a result of what you eat - some foods causes very distinct odors! there are specific medical conditions that can cause changes in the odor of urine (for example, diabetics out of control will have an odor of ketones in their urine). I don't know of any medical condition causing the odor of butter in urine.
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Dr. Daniel Sudilovsky
Pathology 29 years experience
Could be serious: Many things can cause changes in the smell of urine but have not heard of any described exactly like butter. A sweet smell may well be an indicator of diabetes or potentially serious metabolic disorder. If it is consistent or persists you should see your doctor.
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Why does my urine smell like buttered popcorn?

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Dr. Frank Kuitems
Internal Medicine 37 years experience
Well : Could be vitamins or something you ate
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A 41-year-old male asked:

Why does my urine smell like cheerios?

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Dr. Alok Agrawal
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Urine test: Please get a urine test. Your doctor can evaluate- i hope your blood sugar level is ok.
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A 32-year-old female asked:

Why does my urine smell like onions?

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UTI : Either you are eating too many onions or you have uti.
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A member asked:

Why does my urine smell like metal?

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Dr. Tarek Naguib
Nephrology and Dialysis 41 years experience
Check what you ate: Usually it is due to food intake. For instance, asparagus could change smell of urine among other reasons like onion and garlic. Also, some medicines cause urine smell change like penicillin. Explore more the details of your intake.
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A 41-year-old member asked:

Why does my urine smell like the food I have eaten?

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Dr. Cornelia Franz
Specializes in Pediatrics
Amino acids: Certain foods, especially broccoli and asparagus, contain Amino Acids that are processed quickly and appear in the urine...Smelling. You have a very sensitive nose if everything you eat smells in your urine. It is a normal body function...Sometimes a UTI can smell like broccoli when you have had none...Int hat case be seen and checked.
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