Personalized nutrition could improve quality of life
by: Caroline Macdonald
- Personalized nutrition could be an effective way to tackle health problems associated with an aging population, Ingredients Network reports.
- Research has found people are more likely to follow dietary guidelines if they are tailored to their own specific needs, so personalized nutrition might be more effective than general nutritional advice for the treatment of chronic conditions like Type 2 diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure. Technology companies already link data on fitness and food consumption, but including information on blood sugar, cholesterol or mental well being could provide more clarity on how food affects individual health.
- Food companies could play an important role in targeting products to the specific needs of the elderly, especially as researchers are beginning to find links between nutrient status and chronic health problems. For example, research from DSM Nutritional Products suggests omega-3 fatty acids could reduce heart attack risk, while antioxidants may help prevent age-related macular degeneration.