(Mirror Daily, United States) – Can your doctor tell whether or not you’ve been totally honest regarding what you ate during the day? The answer is, yes, he can, all thanks to a simple urine test which can determine in just five minutes if you’re truthful about your diet.
A team of researchers from the Human Nutrition Research Center (Newcastle University, England) has designed a new type of urine test which can predict with a fair accuracy what types of food you ate during the day.
In designing this urine test, the researchers involved in the project sought ways to tell if patients are truthful about their diets. John Mathers, the study’s co-author, declared that one of the hardest aspects of prescribing a diet is to make sure the patient sticks to it.
Unfortunately, in more than 60 percent of cases, the patients would either say that they’d loaded their plates with fruits/vegetables rather than coming out clean. Moreover, some patients would also hide that they’ve eaten stuff that was not on the menu.
This can thwart the doctor’s efforts of designing an efficient diet. But the innovative five-minute urine test will change all that. Mathers said that, at the moment, the urine test could only detect chemicals associated with chicken, fish, and red meat, but he’s confident that it can be further enhanced to sniff out other food groups.
Although the urine test is still in its infancy, it can determine, with an uncanny accuracy, what a patient ate during the day. To see how the tests perform in real life, Mathers, and his team, asked 19 volunteers to partake in the second stage of the study.
In the previous stage of the study, the team collected urine sample from over 300 patients who adhered to various diets.
The 19 patients involved in the second stage were asked to eat two types of menu – one that was healthy and packed with nutrients, and one rich in sugar and fats.
The healthy menu included boiled veggies, low-fat milk, and steamed fish, while the unhealthy on consisted of buttered toast, fried sausages, whole milk, cereal packed with sugar, hamburgers with cheese, fizzy beverages, chocolate, and wafers made from potatoes.
Both diet groups (patients participating in the first and second part of the study) were careful monitored. The urine samples taken from the 19 volunteers were compared to those taken from the first stage of the projects.
Mathers declared that the urine test was successful in picking up chemicals associated with red meat, chicken, and fish. The team is hoping to broaden the test’s spectrum to include all food groups. Moreover, Mathers believes that the urine test will hit the market in the next two years.
Image Source: Pixabay
Latest posts by John Birks (see all)
- Canadian Teen Killed by Toxic Shock Syndrome on School Trip - June 29, 2018
- Donut Fries Coming to Dunkin’ Donuts Nationwide - June 28, 2018
- Kohl’s Hiring Workers for Holiday Season amid Labor Shortage - June 28, 2018