A Low-Carb/High-Protein Diet
If you’ve ever gone grain-free, you may have noticed your breath or urine taking on a strange, but not traditionally smelly, odor. “The smell is more of a sweet-type smell,” Hake says. Some even describe it as fruity, but in a rotten way. The reason? When you begin to rely on fat instead of carbs for energy production, your body enters a state of ketosis, producing acids called ketones. Acetone, a type of ketone, is the compound responsible for that fruit-salad-gone-bad fragrance. If you’re healthy, it’s an inconvenience. But if you have diabetes, sweet-smelling breath and urine can be a warning sign for diabetic ketoacidosis, a dangerous health condition.
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