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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Enabling Healthy Eating With Personalized Food Identities

The following informative article outlines the various roles that food actually plays in the lives of people everywhere. Certainly food is meant to be eaten not only for sustenance and nutrition, but also as a means of survival. But, so much is dependent on the different lifestyles we lead -- perhaps some people eat because they are hungry, but don't really care what's in their food so long as it "fills them up" or others are more careful with their food choices.

Today, with the way that our food system has become so derailed, many people just want to know where their food source comes from and what really constitutes a healthy diet. If we are not careful, we become largely influenced by what society and our environment says is good or safe to eat. But, do we really know? What happens if you go to a new restaurant, but you have a food allergy or have a food intolerance? How can you be sure that that meal that is brought to your table is prepared as carefully as you would have prepared it at home?

There is so much empowerment given to us if we come to learn the foods that are good for us and also come to learn where we can get hold of those types of foods. The added value given to people with the use of technology and services that allow you to customize meals according to wants and needs is so very important for our overall well being.

The following are ways by which people become more informed of their food sources: Through Food Identity, services like WellnessFX provide analysis of proper food identification with the use of your biomarkers. Once this has been determined, this service will then connect you to a nutritionist or dietician for further food planning that fits your needs and your budget.

By providing Transparency, people become more aware of everything in their food from allergies to GMOs. The company, GE is currently working on a calorie counting microwave for example. At the company, 6SensorLabs, technologies are being developed that will allow consumers to actually test their own food for allergens.

Through Access, people can learn more and more about foods that are nutritious for them. An organization, AmpleHarvest.org, that does precisely this, offers consumers a teaching tool in nutrition. Through this application, people can be connected to additional food availability from gardens and pantries. In knowing that our current food waste is measured at about 30 to 40 percent of the U.S. food supply, many people can become aware of healthier, nutritious options for their families and themselves instead of going through other options that may not lead to good food choices.

If we all want to differentiate ourselves in the "work world" and simply want to differentiate ourselves as our own "person", why shouldn't we be able to personalize our food choices to optimize our own health and wellbeing?




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