SciGirls Connect: This Bitter Be Good

Some people like broccoli and some people hate it. There may be a scientific reason!

Cruciferous vegetables contain bitter compounds called glucosinolates. Specific human genes determine whether a person can taste this bitterness. To test for this, scientists use PTC (phenylthiocarbamide), a man-made compound similar to glucosinolates. So for those who can taste PTC, you can make a scientific case for your distaste!

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Health & Medicine
K-6, Educator
2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade
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