I was motivated to type this blog after reading Ramblings in the key of ‘Rick’ today. He blogged about the Paleo diet. Whether you agree or disagree with his point of view, he definitely puts out a good argument and a good read. I enjoy his passion!
His blog sparked a memory I had from a news item a few months ago about DNA testing for optimum health. The general idea is that genes (don’t get too excited here Jill, it’s genes with a ‘G‘) affect how we react and process certain foods we eat. The test analyzes these genetic variants against 7 different nutrients to see how the body processes them. The nutrients are Folate, Whole grains, Vitamin C, Saturated Fat, Sodium, Omega 3 Fat, and my favourite, caffeine. This is then further compared to a person’s risk of specific diseases, such as diabetes or heart disease. After the test is concluded, a person receives a personal report based on the findings.
Here is a video for more information :
If you viewed the video, are you starting to feel a little bit like a robot about now? I do. 😉
Now, I won’t say I’m running out to go find a nutritionist at the moment to get my DNA analyzed, but I do find some benefits here. Especially for those who may have a family history of heart disease or other ailments which they can find out if their specific eating habits are doing them more harm than good.
As well, perhaps some people need a more scientific based reason to get healthier. We live in a world where we have an endless supply of nutritional information we can seek out, and generally speaking, we know which foods are good vs. bad; Yet with all this information, obesity rates are continuing to go up. Perhaps doctors telling patients to just lose weight is simply not enough. Perhaps making a personal and scientifically based plan is the only way to change people’s attitude towards a better lifestyle. Thoughts?
What do you think about Nutrigenomix? Do you think there are major benefits to being tested? (or am I just getting sucked in to all the hype?)
Any nutrition experts out there? Would love to hear your pov.