Urine Test to Reveal Your Eating Habits

Mar 30, 2009
Soon doctors will be able to see if your diet is healthy simply by looking at your urine test.

Dr. Alexander Logan, a professor of medicine at the University of Toronto and the author of the study analyzed the 24-hour urine tests from 220 participants, aged between 18 to 50, who were had kidney stones.

Scientists asked the participants about their food intake, took their blood pressure and calculated their body mass index.

The findings of the study showed that potassium level in urine test was closely related to healthier diets, including the intake of such food as fruits and vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy products. People, who had low level of potassium, were more likely to have unhealthy eating habits, such as eating high sugar, high fat, fast food and high-calorie drinks.

It was also found that people with high level of potassium in urine samples were more likely to have lower body mass index, and lower diastolic blood pressure if compared with people with decreased level of potassium in urine.

Scientists say that that identifying one's eating habits using urine tests can be used to correct a person's nutrition. Also the simple urine test will be more effective at revealing poor quality diet than questioning the patient since many people often have mistaken beliefs about healthy nutrition.

The research is published in the April issue of The Journal of Nutrition.