Personalized Nutrition is Best
According to a study out of Newcastle University and published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, people receiving personalized nutrition advice develop healthier habits including consuming less red meat and reducing their salt intake. The “personalized nutrition” approach uses individualizing to motivate the individual to a healthier lifestyle. Instead of a generic “eat at least five portions of fruits and vegetables daily” or eat two portions of fish, one of which is oily fish, per week” they look to delve closely into the person’s body and nutrition to create a specific plan to help them get healthier.
“Many of us know that we could improve our health and wellbeing if we eat better – however, we find it really difficult to change our eating habits and to maintain those improved eating patterns. In this study we found that personalized nutrition advice helped people to make bigger and more appropriate changes to their diets than the conventional healthy eating advice which was followed by out control group.”
The results of the study as stated by the researchers were that, “Six months after they started, those participants in the personalized nutrition groups had improved their eating patterns significantly more than those in the control group. They were eating a healthier diet overall including less red meat, saturated fat and salt and were eating significantly more of the B vitamin, folate, found in vegetables and fruits.
With an increasing ability for companies to harness the internet for users, “People were able to use the internet to upload relevant information about themselves and about their current eating patterns, which was then used to work out the personalized advice relevant to each participant.”
So if you want to get healthier and maybe even lose a couple pounds, then try and get some personalized nutritional advice.
Razi Berry, Founder and Publisher of Naturopathic Doctor News & Review (ndnr.com) and NaturalPath (thenatpath.com), has spent the last decade as a natural medicine advocate and marketing whiz. She has galvanized and supported the naturopathic community, bringing a higher quality of healthcare to millions of North Americans through her publications. A self-proclaimed health-food junkie and mother of two; she loves all things nature, is obsessed with organic gardening, growing fruit trees (not easy in Phoenix), laughing until she snorts, and homeschooling. She is a little bit crunchy and yes, that is her real name.