Personalized Nutrition Update issue nr. 12/19

Oct 09, 2019 4:00pm

The topic of personalised nutrition and innovation was hotly debated at the recent summit in London and Wageningen the past couple of weeks. From business models, failures, winners and new research, the field is certainly not standing still.

I will summarise my experience in my next blog, but for now this weeks’ newsletter includes: Latest research (including my own), Insidetracker’s remote study, webinar on PRS and upcoming events.

Stay happy, stay healthy



Research Update

Personalised Nutrition Technologies and Innovations: A Cross-National Survey of Registered Dietitians
Finally, my own research published hot off the press in Public Health Genomics. This is the first research paper that highlights that there is a gap between early and non-adopter RD’s in terms of their personality, risk perception and perceived importance of tech-enabled personalised nutrition technologies. Key issues such as organizational culture, usefulness & importance of technology in dietetic practice, digital literacy skills and developing an entrepreneurial mindset will need to be addressed before digital health in dietetics can become a reality.
The Nutrition Health Alliance (NutriHeAl) Study: A Randomized, Controlled, Nutritional Intervention Based on Mediterranean Diet in Greek Municipalities.
A recent study in 50 municipalities in Greece with approximately 180 overweight or obese patients in each municipality, compared the effects of a Mediterranean diet on weight loss through the prescription  of a personalized, slightly hypocaloric, Mediterranean-type diet, that was adjusted every 2 weeks. Comparing the two groups: an intervention group (n = 4500) and a control group (n = 4500), the results suggest that in the intervention group, weight, waist circumference, and body fat percentage decreased, unlike in the control group. The biggest change in the diet were the decrease in intake of full-fat dairy products and alcohol and the increase in intake of vegetables. Sounds simple enough, doesn’t it?
Potential relationship between dietary long-chain saturated fatty acids and hypothalamic dysfunction in obesity.

This review summarizes the effects of long-chain saturated fatty acids on hypothalamic inflammation. The diet-induced hypothalamic inflammation is emerging as a potential driver of obesity.

Nut fibre’s gut effect may explain its weight management properties: Study
A new study by Harvard University used data of self-reported questionnaires of three study groups with a total of 289,915 participants [51,529 male health workers (The Health Professionals Follow-Up Study), 121,700 nurses (Nurse´s Health Study (NHS) and 116,686 nurses (Nurse´s Health Study II (NHS II)], and suggest that the replacement of 0,5 servings/ day of less healthy food with nuts may be linked with less weight gain and lower obesity risk.
Dietary quality and the colonic mucosa-associated gut microbiome in humans.

The objective of this study was to investigate the associations between Healthy Eating Index (HEI)-2005 and the colonic mucosa-associated microbiota. The research suggest that the score of HEI-2005 changes with the type of food eaten. A lower HEI -score was significantly associated with reduced beneficial bacteria and increased potential harmful bacteria in the colonic mucosa. Even more evidence to show that a magic bullet to improve gut health is certainly not the case, but a varied diet does play a role.


Technology News

Insidetracker’s innovative remote study: A Randomized, Placebo-Controlled, Double-Blind Crossover Study to Assess a Unique Phytosterol Ester Formulation in Lowering LDL Cholesterol Utilizing a Novel Virtual Tracking Tool

The objective of the study was to determine the impact of a new phytosterol emulsion (1.5 g/day phytosterol equivalents) on LDLc concentrations in 32 healthy individuals. The method used was the assignment of placebo or treatment followed by a washout period and by placebo or treatment again, each phase lasting one month. The conclusions suggest that Phytosterol supplementation significantly lowered LDLc concentrations by 10.2%.


Beverage Tech Company Shakes Up the Industry With Launch Of The World’s First Smart Nutrition Bottle
LifeFuels is a beverage technology company that announced the development of their smart nutrition bottle, designed to empower consumers to adopt healthier and personalized hydration and nutrition habits. This technology is compose for three-part systems: The Smart Water Bottle with a long lasting battery for up 7 days, the Fuel Pods, that can combined 90 types of beverages, with different flavors and additional ingredients, like antioxidants and electrolytes, and the app, that tracks hydration and nutritional needs. The combination of the app and the smart water bottle gives the customer beverage a personalized experience.
Tastewise Raises $5M, Releases New Report on the Importance of Functional Foods
Tastewise is a startup that brings the power of data to the art of food and beverage intelligence. Using AI-powered platform analyzes billions of food data points – including social, menus, and home recipes – to provide real-time insights for hospitality and food brands. In this report, Tastewine predicts the trends in functional food and consumers motivations.
Genesis Healthcare Launches Wellness Mobile Application Powered by Genetics and AI
Genesis Healthcare Co., launched their new app “Genelife”. With the purchase of a genetic test kit, the customers can have their personalized results and other tools to support wellness and healthy day in the app, such as recipes personalized to their DNA.


Food & Consumer Trends


What’s next beyond soy, pea, and wheat for plant-based meat? In conversation with ADM

Interview with Ana Ferrell, VP of marketing, and Kurt Long, commercial director of protein specialties and flexitarian solutions at ADM about the trends on proteins sources for plant-based meat. They suggest that the most emerging potential new sources of protein for plant-based meat are lupin, sunflower protein, chickpea powder, mycoprotein, fava beans and mung beans that should be combined to obtain products with higher nutritional richness.


Personal and Clinical Utility of Polygenic Risk Scores: A Review of the Evidence
This webinar covers the evidence and state on polygenic risk scores in the prevention of diseases with Dr. Torkamani, Director of Genomics and Genome Informatics at the Scripps Research Translational Institute.

Mariette Abrahams Speaking Training Workshops

Upcoming Events

Personalizing Nutrition Therapy in the Age of Lifestyle Medicine: 11 – 12 October (Seattle, USA)
FENS 15 -18th October (Dublin)
NutrEvent 22-23rd October (Rennes) COUVENT DES JACOBINS
The annual event where innovators and partnerships emerge
use discount code NE19_25speaker for a 25% discount
Foodmatterslive 19-20th November (London)
Food ingredients 2-4th December (Paris)
Future of Personalised nutrition Summit 20-21st February (Valencia, Spain)
FHIN summit 24-26th March (Lisbon, Portugal)