Is the Future of Personalized Nutrition Already Here?

Eating a low-carb or low-fat diet helps you lose weight, right? According to a new study conducted by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, weight loss results are determined by more than just what you eat. 

The study, discussed in this Food Navigator article, found that no single diet has the same effect on all consumers. The findings indicated that the main factors in determining weight loss or gain are fasting plasma glucose and fasting insulin levels, which are correlated based on different diets. This means that the key to truly personalized nutrition could be found in a simple blood glucose test

This is something we can start using today, and there are no adverse effects because it is not a medication. What we are doing is actually removing from your diet what would be harmful to you.
— Arne Astrup, University of Copenhagen professor and head of the Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports 

When it comes to personalized nutrition, patient education is key. Consumers know they want to lose weight, but often have a hard time knowing what will work best for them. While much of the attention about personalized nutrition has been focused on high-profile, VC-funded startups and the potential for what personalized nutrition might become, this article shows that we may already have the answer to personalized nutrition.