9 Foods That Change The Color Of Your Pee

Okay, this question might sound weird, but bear with me: Have you ever been peeing, then looked down at the toilet and felt surprised at the color of your urine? If so, you’re not alone. We might think of pee as a particular shade of yellow, but it can actually turn a number of dif ferent colors. Since you expect urine to be yellow, you might feel alarmed at anything different, but don’t worry – there are a bunch of reasons why the color of your pee changes, and most are innocent.

Some changes in the color of your pee can be caused by your period, while others can actually be due to some medications or health issues. While some of the reasons can be a little more serious, there’s no need to panic when you see your pee looking a little funkier than normal. The change could actually be something as simple as the food that you’re eating.

I wrote about all of the foods that make your urine smell before. Well, there are also a number that actually change the shade of your pee. If you eat the right foods, you could almost pee all of the colors of the rainbow. Although, it wouldn’t be at the same time, so I guess that’s not quite as cool. Check out nine foods that can alter the color of your pee.


Remember how some people said that if you eat too many carrots you'll turn orange? That could potentially happen, but it is more common with your urine, according to LiveScience. Eating carrots can darken your pee so it turns orange.

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If you munch on a bowl of blackberries, your urine won't turn quite as dark as the fruit. However, you shouldn't be surprised if it turns a pinkish or reddish shade, reports Boots WebMD.

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If you have ever dribbled beet juice on your top, you will know that it can seriously stain. So, it isn't that surprising that eating beets can turn your pee a pinky shade.

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It's not just solid foods that impact your pee. Drinks can also change things. Tea can turn your pee into more of an amber color. Red Urine reports that this is because caffeinated teas can cause dehydration which makes your pee to become more concentrated.

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When you do a search for pee, there are a surprising number of people who are worried about green pee. Licorice is actually one of the reasons behind it. I'll settle for green pee over black, thank you very much.

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The under-appreciated fruit can turn your pee a number of shades including pink, red, and even a brownish shade. Try not to think about that the next time you're tucking into a piece of strawberry-rhubarb pie.

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Fava Beans

Fava beans aren't exactly at the top of the must-eat list, but if you want to turn your pee a muted brown color, grab a bowl of the beans and get eating.

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Colored Cupcakes

You know all of those rainbow bagels, cakes, and cookies? Some of the dyes from those can get into your pee, turning it different shades. Note: You still won't be able to pee a rainbow; your urine will only be one color.

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Ahhh, asparagus. We all know how it can make our pee smell oh-so lovely. (FYI: That's sarcasm, if you have never eaten an asparagus spear and experienced the funky smell afterward.) It turns out that the food can also change the color of our urine, according to a Harvard report. It can give pee a green tint. You've probably never noticed it because you're too busy flushing the toilet to get rid of the smell.

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Are there other foods that have changed the color of your pee? Let us know in the comments!

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