- What is nutrigenomics?
‘Nutrigenomics’ is an amalgam of two words — nutrition and genome. The word ‘genome’ refers to the genetic makeup of an individual while ‘nutrition’ refers to the nutrients our body needs in order to maintain optimal level of health and wellbeing. Nutrigenomics is a new scientific discipline that investigates the relationship between genome and nutrition, thereby helping us understand how our body reacts to different foods, beverages, and supplements.
Nutrition is one of the most important lifestyle factors that may not only have a significant impact on your overall health and wellbeing, but it may affect your risk for developing certain chronic medical conditions as well.
Over the past few years, there has been growing evidence regarding the role of genes in the nutritional status of an individual. The human genome consists of 25,000 unique genes, with each of them occurring in more than one variant. The presence or absence of a variant influences how our body responds to certain foods. For example, the absence of a particular gene variant may make us lactose intolerance or subject us to more frequent sweet cravings.
In this article, we are discussing how our genetic makeup can increase or decrease our risk of developing vitamin C deficiency, as well as different foods that are rich in ascorbic acid, and therefore, suitable for people who are deficient in vitamin C.
Snacking is something we all like to do. In fact, it has become more of a pastime for many of us. We eat when we are bored, or maybe when we need an excuse to catch up with someone. But we don’t realize that those small bites could easily snowball, adding a couple of inches to our waistline.
So, what one can do to enjoy snacking without gaining extra pounds? Making right choices regarding what you eat, when you eat, and how much you eat can help you maintain healthy weight.
Here are a few strategies that you can use to snack smarter and look and feel fitter.