The Evolution of Nutrition Research.

Isaak, C.K. and Siow, Y.L. (2013). "The Evolution of Nutrition Research.", Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology, 91(4), pp. 257-267. doi : 10.1139/cjpp-2012-0367  Access to full text

Abstract

The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but will rather cure and prevent disease with nutrition”. Thomas Edison's contemplation may come to fruition if the nutritional revolution continues in its current course. Two realizations have propelled the world into a new age of personalized nutrition: (i) food can provide benefits beyond its intrinsic nutrient content, and (ii) we are not all created equal in our ability to realize to these benefits. Nutrigenomics is concerned with delineating genomic propensities to respond to various nutritional stimuli and the resulting impact on individual health. This review will examine the current technologies utilized by nutrigeneticists, the available literature regarding nutrient-gene interactions, and the translation of this new awareness into public health.

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