If your mother ever forced you to eat your broccoli before you could leave the dinner table, she may have been on to something.

An extract from broccoli sprouts can prevent the development of bladder cancer, according to a news release.

Researchers studied the effects the vegetable had on rats; however, it proves if humans eat large amounts of broccoli, it will lower their risk of the disease, wrote Dr. Yuesheng Zhang of Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, N.Y., in the journal Cancer Research.

"Although this is an animal study, it provides potent evidence that eating vegetables is beneficial in bladder cancer prevention," Zhang said.

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