Dom Post: Mum might be wrong about good-for-you tucker

Kiran Chug of the Dominion Post reports that a one-size-fits-all approach to nutrition could soon become far more personal, thanks to nutrigenomics.

Nutrigenomics is the study of how our genetic make-up affects which foods are good for each of us, personally, and also how different foods and micronutrients can in turn affect our DNA.

An excerpt: (read in full here)

“Professor Lynn Ferguson, the head of nutrition at Auckland University, said the developments helped explain why some people did not see benefits when they changed their diet to one they had been told was better for them.

“”There’s always been a proportion of people dieticians think might be cheating because they don’t respond.”

“A nutrigenomics research programme was under way in Auckland which would help sufferers of the “debilitating” Crohn’s disease, which Prof Ferguson said there was a high instance of in New Zealand.”