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Nutrition and the genome: a new chapter in health and disease

Foods that are safer and more nutritious, new medical treatments and novel ways to help save the environment – these are just some of the many potential benefits that are expected to be derived from research into genes and how they function. The following Review very briefly and simply re-evaluate the current understanding of the structure and function of various aspects of the human genome.

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Science Briefs

Free versus fee-based personalised nutrition key factor for successful consumer uptake

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Addressing degenerative ageing with long-term dietary studies

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Researchers identify key personalised-nutrition business models and factors to attract and keep consumers

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Food4Me: Public perceptions, business and personalised nutrition 05/06/2012
Food4Me: The ethical and legal challenges of personalised nutrition 07/11/2013
Food4Me: Recruiting participants for European-wide study about personal diets 07/11/2013
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Press release

Paving the way for personalised nutrition to improve population health

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New EU-funded project changing the way we eat

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Healthy foods for thin wallets – New European project gives people at risk of poverty a CHANCE

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Food4Me (Personalised nutrition: An integrated analysis of opportunities and challenges) 22/08/2011
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Food Today

What “Individualised Nutrition” could do for you…

You are due for your regular diet MOT (moment of truth). You take the smart card containing your DNA profile, which is your genetic signature, to the diet clinic and provide a pin-prick of blood. Your blood is analysed and compared to your DNA. After a short wait a dietary prescription tailored to your specific genetic needs and perfectly balancing your macro- and micro-nutrients needs is prepared. Your prescription for the next few months is nothing like the one prepared for your Italian friend or your boss, who is a second generation Indian. Even your brother, who leads a much more hectic lifestyle than you, has been recommended a completely different range of foods. At the moment this is a fantastic scenario, but it is one that scientists are already predicting could become technically possible in the future.

Nutrition and the Human Genome (Part 2)

It has been known for some time that diet and specific nutrients can affect the functioning of our genes. We all know that even when people are eating the same diets, some will become overweight, some develop heart disease and some develop allergies, while others will not. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to know why? The anticipated benefits from research into the function of genes include advances in the development of nutritious foods and special functional ingredients, optimal diets for individuals and improved methods for preventing many lifestyle-related diseases.

A Look into the Future of Nutrition Reseach

Nutrition research in the future will increasingly focus on the ways in which our genes are affected by what we eat. Foods that are safer and more nutritious, new medical treatments and novel ways to help save the environment - these are just some of the potential benefits that are expected to be derived from such research.
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Personalised nutrition: Opportunities & challenges

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Energy Balance

With only some basic data, the energy balance calculator defines your Body Mass Index (BMI), your daily energy requirements and if you are at risk for certain diseases.

The European Food Information Council (EUFIC) is a non-profit organisation which communicates science-based information on nutrition and health, food safety and quality, to help consumers to be better informed when choosing a well-balanced, safe and healthful diet.

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