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Nutrition gets personal

Nutrition gets personal

Dietary guidance that’s targeted to your precise genetic makeup is the wave of the future, says nutrition scientist Jeffrey Blumberg. Jeffrey Blumberg In mid-February 2015, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee released its 571-page report detailing what Americans should be eating to stay healthy. Much of the advice likely sounded familiar: more fruits, vegetables and nuts

Eating cheese may benefit your gut

Scientists may have just discovered another reason to nosh on cheese: a recent study showed that eating fermented dairy products may have a positive effect on the gut’s microbiota, according to a story in Time. Cheese—and to a degree, milk—help gut bacteria reduce the production of TMAO, a metabolite created when digesting red meat that

Student Lunches Around the World Greener, Fresher

Parents and schools can help combat childhood obesity one lunch at a time, according to a story on The Huffington Post. Quick-service restaurant Sweetgreen created mock meals representing school lunches around the globe based on individual countries’ requirements. Compared with U.S. lunches, midday meals in other countries feature more fresh, green, and nutrient-rich foods. Italy’s

The Anti-Obesity Games

The Anti-Obesity Games

Researchers at Pennsylvania State University are investigating whether digital games can help children make better dietary choices, according to Penn State News. In the study, children receive tablets loaded with games that involve choosing between healthy and unhealthy foods. Designed to teach dietary lessons that pertain to real life, the games are part of a

A Spoonful of Taste

The metal makeup of a spoon can enhance or impair the flavor of foods. The Guardian reports that scientists are testing various spoons to determine their potential for oxidation, which affects how foods taste. Their goal is to create a spoon that not only improves the taste of food but also could potentially aid in

Vegan Goes Artisanal

Artisanal foods have gained a foothold in America, and small-batch cheese makers are wagering that artisanal vegan cheeses will be a welcome addition to the gourmet arena. Unlike early iterations of vegan cheese, which have been described as stringy, sour-tasting shreds, artisanal vegan cheese is made with higher-end ingredients such as Brazil nuts, cashews, herbs,

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Personalization: The Right Diet for You

In an article for the Genetic Literacy Project, David Warmflash discusses how the future of nutrition and diet advice will likely need to incorporate genetic studies. Just as people have different personalities, they also have different nutrition needs based on their genetic disposition. A new study by the University of Toronto indicates that consumers are

Walmir Coutinho Hero

The expanding obesity crisis in emerging nations

World Obesity Federation president Dr. Walmir Coutinho sees his native Brazil as an example of the dietary challenges that come with increasing prosperity. Endocrinologist Walmir Coutinho is a lifelong champion in the fight against obesity. The 55-year-old Brazilian physician and current president of the World Obesity Federation has dedicated his entire career to educating people