New Research concerning Eating Choices

Published On August 31, 2016 | By admin | Healthy Eating

By now, most of us know what we should eat, like the proper amount of calcium, protein, grains, vitamins, and minerals. We also know that we should lay off of fried foods, pork, refined sugar, and so forth. However, there are other things to consider when watching what you eat.

Other Things to Consider

For one, there are times when some food are being recalled. Recently, there was a recall on a brand of ice cream. Another time there was a recall on chicken. And a few years ago, there were reports about the FDA inspectors going on furlough. At that time, they were on leave of absence due to a dispute between them and the government. And it was reported that over 90% of imported seafood was not being inspected, and other imports, like 20% of vegetables and 50% of fruit, were not inspected. Having said all of this, it will behoove anyone to keep a watch of the news concerning what not to eat before all the food items are recalled off the shelves, and to hear what’s going on with the government.

Nutrition and Genes

Another thing to consider is the nutrigenomics which is a combination of nutrition and genetics, thus meaning the discovery of the ways people respond to food according to their genetic makeup. Even though we all have similar genetics, there are some slight differences in the blueprints of our genetics that set us apart from one another. Because of this, these small variations determine how the food is metabolize in our bodies as well as the effect of the nutrients.

The purpose of the science of nutrigenomics is to analyze the complicated interaction in order to tailor diets according to each individual’s uniquely genetic profile. And as a result, the individual’s health will be optimized. It will help prevent diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, malnutrition, cancer, obesity and type 2 diabetes.

With this science, it has been determined that folate, for example, is crucial for our genes. Folate comes from folic acid which is an essential type of vitamin B9 found in green vegetables, like Brussels sprouts and broccoli. It’s needed for DNA synthesis which prevents cancer. Having low amounts of folate is the main cause of cancer.

Another example of how the study of this science is effective is with lactose intolerance. Research has shown that people who are lactose intolerant don’t have the necessary enzyme due to it being switched off, thus causing bloating, nausea, diarrhea, etc.

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