DUBLIN, Ireland- Research found out that the need for personalised nutrition is why diet plans do not have the same effect on everyone.
It could be frustrating when a certain diet plan worked effectively on your friend, but you did not get the same result. There could be an explanation behind this, and researchers studying personalised nutrition can give you more ideas about your dilemma.
According to scientists, different people process eaten foods differently.
Prof. Lorraine Brennan, a faculty of the School of Agriculture and Food Science at the University College Dublin (UCD), explained,
“Some people are maybe trying to lose weight, and the diet that they are following isn’t actually tailored to their metabolism,
“They would have a better chance of losing and keeping their weight down on a diet that is more tailored to them.”
This theory is supported by the results of a clinical study that monitored blood glucose levels in people. The study involved putting tiny patches on respondents’ arms to observe their glucose levels every 15 minutes.
The study results showed that people might be eating the same kind of food, but there have been large differences in how their blood glucose levels reacted to it.
The study result led to the suggestion of creating an individualised approach to nutrition. Scientists also suggested that there should be a requirement for nutrition guidelines.
It also resulted in forming a new research field, which is now known as personalised nutrition. This field is focused on determining the different ways each person is different from one another in processing food.
The new study field is not meant to abolish the governments’ general nutritional guidelines. Instead, its purpose is to identify every individual’s dietary needs to be able to come up with an individual dietary plan.
For instance, Brennan advised that an older person may need more protein. On the other hand, if you spent most of your time indoors, you would be advised to go outside more often to acquire enough vitamin D.
Scientists are now focused on knowing why people have different responses to food. They assured that once they get the answers, their next step will be to create personal dietary advice based on blood sample results.
Hopefully, you will find the result of the personalised nutrition studies helpful in finding the appropriate diet plan for you.