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Nutrigenomics: Understanding How Food Affects Our Genes

Nutrigenomics: genesIt’s not uncommon for people to chalk up poor health to genetics. Occurrences of heart disease, stroke, obesity, cancer, Alzheimer’s and other conditions are often viewed as inevitable by people with a family history of those conditions. It runs in the family.

The fact is, chronic illness is far more likely to be caused by the choices you make – physically, psychologically and nutritionally – than the genes you’re born with. Not only that, but it’s possible that the genes you’re born with can be changed by the food you eat.

What Is Nutrigenomics?

Nutrigenomics is the scientific study of how specific nutrients interact with genes and influence genetic behavior.

For example, nutrigenomics can tell us why one person can eat a high fat diet without having cholesterol issues, while another person with the same eating habits sees their cholesterol levels go through the roof. It can tell you why you struggle to lose weight even though you’re making what you believe are smart lifestyle choices. Continue reading

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