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Monday, July 27, 2015

Genome Magazine: Food As Medicine

As I've been diligently reading various articles, magazines, pamphlets, books surrounding our food acting as medicine -- or not -- this article from Genome Magazine gives another fresh perspective. Yes, we already know that food can act as medicine and we already know "you are what you eat", but what if we could "eat for who we are"? 

Genome magazine uncovers more than what we already know about people and their great obsession with food and diets of all kinds, but how do our genetics come into play? Why is it that we know generally that broccoli is really good for us, but why is it that some people react negatively toward it? Now, I'm not talking about those that don't even like the taste of broccoli or those that would prefer eating anything else aside from the vegetable, but it has been found that peoples' bodies can react negatively toward a food.

Nutrigenomics is the scientific study of how our genes interact with nutrition. This can be very helpful information, especially now that we have such an overabundance of chronic diseases as well as many other unexplained diseases -- what could be better than to know how to prevent and treat disease? Additionally, nutrigenomics can help with making sense of why some people react differently to various foods that most would consider and know to be 'good for you' foods. It seems idealistic to believe that everyone will have a positive response to a certain nutrient found in a food after all. 

To learn more about how food truly can act as medicine, refer to the magazine's cover story here....


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