Did You Eat Your Broccoli?

Do you even remember if you ate your broccoli? No problem if you don't! Georgetown researchers have developed a quick test to evaluate specific food compounds in urine. The method developed in the study may one day replace less reliable food logs used in population studies on the connections between diet and cancer.

Looking at potential lung cancer protection from cruciferous veggies—including cabbage, Brussels sprouts, bok choy, and broccoli— researchers at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center validated the new test using data from the National Institutes of Health's Singapore Chinese Health Study.

"We know these foods are beneficial to health, and the 10-minute method we developed, which can test for the presence of specific compounds linked to these vegetables, will help researchers quantify exactly how much of these molecules are being consumed," says Marcin Dyba, research associate at Georgetown Lombardi. The study's senior author is Fung-Lung Chung, professor of oncology.