The secret to successful diet and exercise plans may have been within us all along. It’s not what you think. We’re talking about DNA.
Nutrigenomics, the scientific study of the interaction of nutrition and genes, contributing to a growing area of nutritional medicine that offers dietary prescriptions — including personalized diet plans based on nutrigenomics.
What is nutrigenomics?
Nutrigenomics examines the relationship between genes and nutrition and how our bodies respond to the food we consume.
This knowledge can also help plan ways to promote activity in our “good” genes. Diet plans based on nutrigenomics rely on an analysis of your DNA to inform dietary recommendations that meet your personal nutritional and health needs and help prevent nutrition-related chronic diseases.
Why DNA plans are so different than others
Personalized diet plans have been around for a while.
Around the year 2000, it was becoming more popular for people to lose weight by eating and exercising according to their blood type. However, the research wasn’t strong enough to support the hype until fairly recently.
The Human Genome Project (HPG) helped researchers gain new insight into the relationship between bioactive compounds in food and their effect on genes and overall health.
How it works
Research has shown that our DNA has a lot to do with how our bodies react to certain foods and exercises.