Pregnant women who eat a diet rich in broccoli and cabbage could help protect their unborn child from developing cancer later in life.
The research is still very preliminary, but doctors say a phyto-chemical found in such vegetables was able to protect mice against leukemia, lymphoma and even against lung cancer in middle age.
When pregnant mice were exposed to a potent carcinogen, 80 percent of their offspring died early in life from lymphoma.
For those exposed mice, which were also given a phyto-chemical, deaths from lymphoma were cut in half in the babies.
Vegetables rich in phyto-chemicals include broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, radishes, turnips and other greens.