Side-Effect of Fenugreek Consumption

By Brian Lemay 38 comments

“Side-Effect of Fenugreek Consumption” Cancer prevention is all well and good, but there is a side effect of
fenugreek seed consumption— it makes your armpits smell
like maple syrup. “Analysis of human male armpit sweat
after fenugreek ingestion.” And yes, it happens to women, too. “In this study, the strong ‘maple-syrup’
odour which appears after fenugreek ingestion
was investigated.” They had men plaster some gauze pads under their
armpits before and after eating a tablespoon
of fenugreek seeds. Sweat was collected over a 24-hour period, and given to a panel of eight odor assessors
to get their take. They described what they smelled as
cocoa, roast beef, carrots, spicy, gravy,
but then, honey, rose and lilac, peach-like, raspberry. I guess it could be worse. There was one assessor who described one of
the fenugreek odor compounds as “[m]usty, sweet, onion, socks.” Another agreed, but thought it more like “[f]ruity,
floral, socks.” Of course, there was the boring assessor who
was like, uh, smells like fenugreek. This is a harmless phenomenon; the only reason I bring it up is that there
is actually a serious congenital disorder called maple syrup urine disease:
branched-chain ketoaciduria. It’s completely unrelated,
but breastfeeding infants, with moms using fenugreek to boost their milk
production, may be misdiagnosed. So, if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding,
and eating fenugreek, make sure to tell your OB,
just so they don’t worry.



Nov 11, 2012, 12:57 pm Reply

These videos get very esoteric sometimes. I love it.


Nov 11, 2012, 1:00 pm Reply

This video almost killed me. Thanks for the laughs. x'D


Nov 11, 2012, 1:09 pm Reply



Nov 11, 2012, 1:41 pm Reply

What a way to make a living… I'm assuming that each odor expert was given samples from different individuals. This would explain the ocean wide differences that existed from one odor pro to the next. If they were all huffing the same sample then all but one need to find a new job. I love maple syrup but these types of carbs can wreck me. I miss maple syrup… Perhaps I'll just eat some fenugreek and quaff my own essence! Is quaff a word even? Is it the correct word? Is it waff? Quaff… Hmm…


Nov 11, 2012, 2:59 pm Reply

e coli in a batch from Egypt. similar to spinach contamination in US a while back.
see link below for news article


Nov 11, 2012, 3:25 pm Reply

Lol. I was right. B.o is the reason I stopped using fenugreek.

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May 5, 2013, 2:11 am Reply

sprinkle some on asparagus and eat before you go out on date

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Jun 6, 2013, 2:04 pm Reply

I used to take fenugreek capsules daily when I first got together with my boyfriend. My armpits smelled strong and spicy.. My boyfriend said he loves the smell and it reminds him of me. What a weirdo…

Young Eggfu

Sep 9, 2013, 3:16 am Reply

my piss smells like syrup after i eat really spicy peppers and sriracha sauce all day and then drink beer, and wake up and piss.


Oct 10, 2013, 1:51 pm Reply

This is so true. I smell like waffle crisp on days after using fenugreek.


Nov 11, 2013, 3:55 am Reply

Sick. Yes you are.Science needs more than your sense of humor. Need you to stay fact based Ha Ha Ha. Studies are what? Relivant studies are what?


Nov 11, 2013, 4:39 am Reply

According to Wikipedia:
> Fenugreek seeds imported from Egypt in 2009 and 2010 have been linked to outbreaks of Escherichia coli O104:H4 in Germany and France, causing 50 deaths in 2011.[23][24]

So it sounds like the seeds imported from Egypt might be hazardous to your health.


Jan 1, 2014, 3:31 pm Reply


k. g

May 5, 2014, 2:13 pm Reply

If this isn't relevant science, I don't know what is! We need good news like these that make us happy, Dr Greger!


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Mar 3, 2015, 12:35 am Reply

"Dude, you smell different"
"Yea, man, what happened"
"Dunno, but I did have fenugreek for lunch"
"Let's get together and test the pits of people who had fenugreek, see if it changed their odor"


Jul 7, 2015, 5:16 pm Reply

Lol, yea nothing deodorant can't fix 😛

Enric Martinez

Oct 10, 2015, 5:36 pm Reply

Fenugreek, the Indian spice that makes you smell like a Canadian XD

Mark EM

Jan 1, 2016, 2:15 pm Reply

My armpits usually smell like cheese, so I don`t mind smelling like maple syrup.

Moses Poses

May 5, 2016, 1:25 pm Reply

i dont believe anything this guy says please do your research i bet he gets paid to miss inform people to whats really good for them sorry but this guy is a looser

Ill Gamesh

May 5, 2016, 8:27 pm Reply

Maple syrup-smelling armpits? You say that like it's a bad thing… ;V

Senthil ganapathy

Jul 7, 2016, 12:23 pm Reply

change your channel name to nutrition myths not facts

Senthil ganapathy

Jul 7, 2016, 12:23 pm Reply


Kierre S.

Sep 9, 2017, 7:21 pm Reply

This is very true! I took fenugreek to increase my milk supply and I smelled like a musty pancake with maple syrup!

Pris Dmello

Sep 9, 2017, 10:59 am Reply



Mar 3, 2018, 6:53 am Reply

I dont think this is a side effect. More like a natural deodorant.

Mya G

Apr 4, 2018, 2:47 pm Reply

So what was the informational message here???

Cara M.

Apr 4, 2018, 3:28 am Reply


Sandhyarani Mama

May 5, 2018, 2:14 pm Reply


Magdalena V

May 5, 2018, 5:39 pm Reply

That was so funny 😀 Fruity floral socks 😀

alicia ali

Jun 6, 2018, 12:57 am Reply

As long as no cancer , put some perfume.


Jun 6, 2018, 6:05 pm Reply

Now I know what psuedo-science is. And people make channels out of it.


Jul 7, 2018, 9:40 pm Reply

Maple syrup pits? I’ll TAKE it!

Sodham G’morris

Jul 7, 2018, 7:53 am Reply

I went on a fruitless hunt for fenugreek yesterday…then this video popped up in my suggestions – stop stalking me, Greger! 😉

dell chubi

Aug 8, 2019, 7:38 am Reply


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