Can personalized nutrition improve people’s diets?

Livingstone, K. M., Celis-Morales, C. and Mathers, J. C. (2022) Can personalized nutrition improve people’s diets? Frontiers for Young Minds, 10, 718748. (doi: 10.3389/frym.2022.718748)

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Each person differs in physical characteristics such as eye color, but also in likes and dislikes. These differences are due to our genes and our environments, including what we eat. What we eat affects our health, and each of us has individual nutritional needs. This is the basis for the idea of personalized nutrition. In our research study, called the Food4Me Study, we tested whether personalized nutrition advice helped over 1,600 people to eat healthier diets. We collected information about each person, including what they ate, and we collected samples of saliva to examine their genes. We gave each person either the usual advice about healthy eating (such as “eat more vegetables”) or advice that was personalized based on the individual’s characteristics. After 6 months, we discovered that people who received personalized nutrition advice improved their diets more than people who received the typical healthy eating advice.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:The authors are grateful to the European Commission for funding the Food4Me Study through the Food, Agriculture, Fisheries and Biotechnology Theme of the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (265494). KML was funded by a National Health and Medical Research Council Investigator Grant (APP1173803).
Keywords:Human health, personalised nutrition, diet, healthy eating, genes, DNA.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Celis, Dr Carlos
Authors: Livingstone, K. M., Celis-Morales, C., and Mathers, J. C.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences
Journal Name:Frontiers for Young Minds
Publisher:Frontiers Media
ISSN (Online):2296-6846
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2022 Livingstone, Celis-Morales and Mathers
First Published:First published in Frontiers for Young Minds 10: 718748
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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