Can you really eat for your genes?
In this week’s newsletter: Latest research; MyAir develops personalized nutrition solution; Dacadoo and Microsoft join forces; Tivity health sells nutrition business; Wholefoods releases top trends and upcoming events.
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Gut bacterial taxonomic abundances vary with cognition, personality, and mood in the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study
This study aimed to associate the gut microbiome with dementia, depression, and personality traits. The researchers analyzed fecal samples from 313 participants in the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study. A randomly selected population-based cohort of older adults, with measured psycho-cognitive dimensions (cognition, mood, personality) and key confounders. The “16s V4 sequencing showed that Megamonas is associated with all measured psycho-cognitive traits, Fusobacterium is associated with cognitive and personality traits, Pseudoramibacter_Eubacterium is associated with mood and personality traits, Butyvibrio is associated with cognitive traits, and Cloacibacillus is associated with mood traits”.
You may also be interested in reading this article: Moving Beyond Microbiome Testing
Using the Google Trends tool, this study aimed to “obtain worldwide relative search volumes (RSVs) covering a timeframe from before the COVID-19 pandemic 1 June 2019 to 27 April 2020.” It evaluated how the pandemic is affecting our dietary and lifestyle-related behaviors on a global level. The results have shown that during the COVID-19 lockdown period between March and April 2020, the keywords most searched were “(1) food security (food shortage, food bank and free food), (2) dietary behaviors (delivery, restaurant, take-away, and food-delivery), (3) outdoor-related behaviors (resort, hotel, cinema, park, fitness, gym; plant, sunbathing, and online), (4) immune-related nutrients/herbs/foods (vitamin C, vitamin A, zinc, immune, vitamin E, garlic, omega-3 fatty acid, vitamin D, and turmeric)”. In conclusion, “Restricted movement has affected peoples’ dietary and lifestyle behaviors as people tend to search for immune-boosting nutrients/herbs and have replaced outdoor activities with sedentary indoor behaviors”.
This review aimed to “discuss direct to consumer genetic testing (DTC-GT) and the current potential for precision nutrition based on an individual’s genetic data”. It looks at “important issues such as dietary exposure and genetic architecture addressing the concepts of penetrance, pleiotropy, epistasis, polygenicity, and epigenetics. More specifically, using genotypic data to predict phenotypes as well as response to dietary interventions”.
This study aimed to explore the association between fecal microbiota (mainly Bifidobacterium and Clostridial group) and serum cholesterols (total cholesterols, low and high-density lipoprotein cholesterols (LDL-C and HDL-C) in 16 healthy men. To determine the potential of fecal microbiota as a non-invasive alternate predictor of serum cholesterol. The results have shown, “For every two-fold increase in fecal Bifidobacterium, geometric mean of LDL-C increases by a factor of 1.23 whilst that of HDL-C increases by a factor of 1.07. For every two-fold increase in Clostridial group (C. ramosum, C. spiroforme and C. cocleatum), the geometric mean of HDL-C decreases by a factor of 1.10. No association was found between total bacteria and serum cholesterols.”
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Your.MD is a symptom checker and health tracking app that is expanding to other parts of the globe. Founded in 2015, Your.MD claims to be the first company to combine augmented intelligence with medically validated information, giving individuals personalized and relevant health tools and support to enable them to self-care.
Tivity Health® is a leading provider of healthy life-changing solutions, including SilverSneakers®, Nutrisystem®, Prime® Fitness, Wisely Well™, South Beach Diet®, and WholeHealth Living®. Kainos Capital is a middle market private equity firm with an exclusive focus on the food and consumer products sectors. The firm’s strategy is to build a diversified portfolio of growing and strategically relevant food and consumer businesses that trade buyers would like to acquire. They will acquire Tivity Health’s Nutrition Business, which includes Nutrisystem® and South Beach Diet®, for $575 million.
“The Madrid Institute for Advanced Studies in Food of the Community of Madrid (Imdea-Alimentation) has launched a survey for World Food Day with the aim of giving personalized results to its participants about their nutritional habits. The questionnaire is part of the study NutriMDEA, which seeks to categorize the population according to their nutritional habits. The objective is to give guidelines to improve the way we eat, personalized to each participant. (…) The survey contains general questions about the respondent’s habits, their perception of health and their diet”.
Wholefoods has just released their top 10 trends which are actually a great read. From wellbeing products, to epic breakfasts, diversified baby foods, and upcycled foods, the interest in real food has certainly reached a high.
– AI & Solving Food Waste on Shelves: “The necessary artificial intelligence tools already exist to help grocery stores, retailers, and other foodservice vendors cut down on food waste (…) for example, adjustment of temperature, air quality, and humidity for the produce in the area, along with learning consumer foot-traffic and economic patterns to encourage purchase before waste occurs.”
– Partnerships & Solving Food Logistics: Partnerships among growers, packers, processors, retailers, and logistics providers are required. One example of this is the Childhood Foundation that has distributed more than $26 million in grants to national and local nonprofits that provide joy to kids battling hunger and illness.
– A Call to Action – Help End World Hunger Now: “(…) so much food waste continues to happen in the home. If we collectively work together to ensure that 25% of all food lost today was consumed, it would be sufficient to feed 870 million people, 12% of the world’s current population.”