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Are DNA-Based Hyper-Personalized Meal Plans Right For You?

Throughout our lives, we intend to keep ourselves healthy, through the right diets, intense exercises and workouts, and being proactive in our lifestyles. But even then, technology attempts to revolutionize further the way we interact with our daily lives. Our innovations involve spending huge budgets on meal products that are engineered to “guarantee” a healthy diet, but does it honestly mean it’s right for us? We can only find out for ourselves.

Key Takeaways:

  • This website includes information on highly personalized nutrition planning. These companies are using DNA, blood tests, activity levels, and goals to craft individual meal plans and services that fly in the face of one-size-fits-all programs.
  • “Diet or lifestyle do not alter genetic code itself, but the environment within a cell can influence how genes are expressed.” According to Harbstreet, a mutation in one of these SNPs might indicate that an individual would benefit by taking B vitamins or making specific dietary changes.
  • There are also four ads for companies that perform these types of services. -Habit: provides a comprehensive solution for metabolic testing, nutritional planning, coaching, and meal delivery based on your specific profile and needs. -DNA Fit: You can choose the level of genetic testing and information you want to receive, including nutritional information, exercise information, or a combination of the two. -FitnessGenes: All plans are based on the information gleaned from your DNA test kit, including macronutrient and calorie breakdown for meals. However, this is not a meal plan. -Fuel: it’s a personalized meal delivery service that uses your information to craft your individualized meal plan. The Fuel app enables you to input your height, weight, fitness goals, and activity level, and if you’d like, you can upload genetic and blood test results from any major company.

“One conclusion that has been reached is that one-size-fits-all diets don’t seem to work for most people.”