Personalized Nutrition Update issue nr. 14/19
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Metabolic Trajectories Following Contrasting Prudent and Western Diets from Food Provisions: Identifying Robust Biomarkers of Short-Term Changes in Habitual Diet.
Upregulation of Intestinal NLRP6 Inflammasomes After Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Promotes Gut Immune Homeostasis.
Integrated Analysis of High-Fat Challenge-Induced Changes in Blood Cell Whole-Genome Gene Expression.
This study aimed to identify gene expression in blood cells in response to a high-fat challenge. The results suggest that over 1000 genes are upregulated which are related to inflammation. On the contrary, downregulated genes are related to unfolded protein response, protein processing, cholesterol biosynthesis, and translation.
Efficacy and Safety of Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) Root Extract in Insomnia and Anxiety: A Double-blind, Randomized, Placebo-controlled Study
The tools and data used to compare the test and placebo groups were the sleep onset latency (SOL), total sleep time (TST), sleep efficiency (SE), wake after sleep onset (WASO), total time in bed (sleep log), mental alertness on rising, sleep quality, Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI), and Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale (HAM-A) scales. The results suggest that Ashwagandha root extract 300 mg, can have significant improvement in sleep quality, more specifically in SOL, SE, PSQI and HAM-A Scales in 10 weeks.
Evidence for the association between FTO gene variants and vitamin B12 concentrations in an Asian Indian population.
This study was performed in type 2 diabetes Indian individuals (152 with pre-diabetes, and 220 with normal glucose-tolerant), selected randomly from the Chennai Urban Rural Epidemiology Study. The study aimed to identify the relationship between Fat mass and obesity-associated gene (FTO) and the influence on Vitamin B12 status. Using anthropometric data, biochemical investigations (vitamin B12, homocysteine, and folic acid), food frequency questionnaires and self-reported physical activity, the results suggests that an unweighted genetic risk score (GRS), that was calculated for two FTO single-nucleotide polymorphisms (rs8050136 and rs2388405), was significantly associated with increased BMI and risk of obesity. Individuals carrying more than one risk allele for the GRS had 13.13% lower vitamin B12 concentrations, compared to individuals carrying zero risk alleles.
McCormick, a packaged foods and seasonings company, launched the “McCormick’s Flavor Maker” app. This app allows shoppers to scan McCormick products with a smartphone camera to see recipes and instructional videos. Furthermore, “Flavor Maker” also helps in the organization of favorite recipes, build “flavor boards” for menu planning and add ingredients to a shopping list. The users can even watch virtual reality videos, called “Fields of Vision” that shows how spices are harvested in different regions in the world.
Functional foods and personalization: Two major trends come together as a part of an EU granted H2020 project
Based on the science and with high quality ingredients, GNC4U, elaborated on their personalised 30-days supplements packs that include up to eight different vitamins and supplements, which are divided into once or twice daily packets. Furthermore, the programme also includes exercise and nutrition plans which can be accessed in their personal online wellness dashboard.
Food & Consumer Trends
Tastewise, a startup of food trends prediction and intelligence, say that “37% of the consumers are using food as a functional tool to reach their goals”. The major concerns of the consumers are in the areas of depression, wellness, weight loss, energy boost and gut health, this report says. Futhermore, the 2019 food predictions for functional food are the provolone cheese and maple syrup (for weight loss), pea protein (for wellness), fermented milk drink kefir and powdered peruvian root maca (for depression), CBD (for gut health, sleep, energy and immune system) and watermelon, peppermint to soothe digestive (for a healthy digestive process).
NPD Group: US consumers beginning to weigh in environmental impact when making food and beverage purchases
“- One in ten U.S. adults have switched to a different food or beverage brand because it had “Earth-friendly” packaging.
– 9% of adults consider the environment a top factor when making food and beverage purchase decisions. Younger adults, aged 18 – 44, are most likely to feel this way.
– Over half of adults who ordered restaurant take-out or delivery in the past 30 days report that the restaurant they ordered from had Earth-friendly practices, like using food containers made from recycled materials.”
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