You are What You Wee

Imagine you are at your annual doctor’s check up. The doctor asks about your diet, probing to see how your health may be affected by it. What do you say? Are you honest and able to accurately recall what you eat? Researchers have shown that many people, whether intentional or not, are simply not honest or accurate when it comes to reporting the food they eat. This inaccuracy affects not only the personal health of patients, but larger scientific studies focusing on human nutrition as well.

Wikimedia
Wikimedia

A new test has been developed to reduce patient-reported diet inaccuracies and reveal what kinds of food a person actually has in their diet. The test detects a range of specific compounds, including the fats, sugar, fiber and protein, which may help to better understand nutrition (and reduce dishonesty and inaccuracy) in the future.

The test, developed by Imperial College London, Newcastle University and Aberystwyth University, takes only a few minutes to complete and offers new insight into a person’s diet. Nineteen participants in the study stayed for three days at a in a lab in London, and their food intake was strictly monitored. The participants were divided into different dietary groups ranging from a healthy diet (think a lot of fruits and vegetables) to an unhealthy diet (think processed foods, red meats and sugars).  Each participant provided urine samples in the morning, afternoon and evening, allowing scientists to assess compounds in the urine that are produced when people digest specific food. The study concluded that this test allows scientists and health professionals to create a baseline diet profile of a balanced, healthy diet to compare to other diets. This provides an entirely new look into human nutrition- one that possesses far more accuracy than self-reporting. Although the technology is in its early stages, researchers predict the test will help to improve the accuracy of nutrition and health studies in the future. And perhaps change the saying from “you are what you eat” to include “you are what you wee”.

 

 

Next Article
ADVERTISEMENT
  • The unstoppable Iron Mike

    If you thought Iron Man was indestructible wait until you hear about Michael Malloy or Mike The Durable as his friends liked to call him. Malloy was a firefighter who lives in New York City during the 1920s but by 1933 he was homeless and had fallen deep into the clutches of alcoholism. You see...

    Read More
  • You Want To Live Forever? Start By Getting A Dog.

    Next time you find yourself screaming at your dog in anger because the young puppy chewed up your shoes, tore down your curtains or ruined your sofa, do keep this in mind: Buddy may actually be adding years on your life! In Sweden, researchers followed over 3 million people over the age of forty for...

    Read More
  • The Town That Respectfully Maintained The Grave Of A Toilet

    General George Smith Patton was a highly decorated senior officer of the United States Army, he is best known for commanding the U.S Third Army during the Allied liberation of Normandy in June 1944. His military exploits are well noted and documented, in fact, he is seen as one of the greatest war generals to...

    Read More
  • New Evidence Shows Menopause Treatment Not a Cancer Risk

    An exciting major new study has found that taking hormone replacement therapy to counter the symptoms of menopause does not increase a woman’s risk of early death. Researchers in the early 2000s discovered a link between women taking HRT for over five years and a higher risk of cancer. It even detailed how patients could...

    Read More
  • The Mysterious tale of Lucky Lord Lucan

    Some claim it to be one of the greatest mysteries of the 20th Century and when you dive into the story it really just begs the question - what in the world happened to Lucky Lord Lucan? On November 7, 1974, Lord Richard John Bingham the Seventh Earl of Lucan murdered his wife’s nanny by...

    Read More
  • A French Noblewoman Who Became a Ferocious Pirate Legend

    During the height of the Hundred Years War between England and France, one French noblewoman became feared throughout France for her ferocious never-ending appetite for revenge. Jeanne de Clisson with the help of the English outfitted three warships and caused havoc to any French ships crossing the English channel. Some may say privateer but at...

    Read More
  • The Native American Who Saved the Pilgrims

    Many of us are familiar with the Pilgrims and the first Thanksgiving, but have you heard of Squanto, the Patuxet Native American from Cape Cod Bay that saved the Pilgrims from disease and disaster? Squanto was a young man when, in 1614, he was abducted by Spanish conquistadors. He was forcefully taken by ship back...

    Read More