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Is your DNA telling you what to eat?

“Eat what works for your body,” is a line that we seem to hear every single day, and I am a huge advocate for listening to your body and designing your own diet around what makes you feel healthy and strong. Well, now I have science on my side!

In a study where scientists came up with five eating plans, and based on a mouth swap test assigned it to dieters, it was uncovered that a diet based on your DNA make-up could help you lose 33% more weight than those not with a diet tailored to their personal genetic make-up.

The scientists behind this method claim that it is our individual make-up that determines how our bodies process different nutrients, fats and carbohydrates. So if you have been wondering why your weight sticks like glue and your friend’s melts away, forget your frustrations- it’s not you, it’s your DNA.

With personalised dietary advice helping to improve eating habits and adherence (in turn increasing our ability to combat chronic diseases using dietary approaches) compared to the one-size-fits-all approach- how do you discover what works for your body?

While it is not a 100% proven dietary method, it is an amazing way to approach our health and personal dietary needs, with some great organisations such as NPA Group offering DNA testing and nutrition assessments.

Article by Zoe Bingley-Pullin, founder Nutritional Edge & Co-Host on Good Chef, Bad Chef (Channel 10, Mondays to Fridays, returning January 2015).

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