Customize Your Plate: the Emerging Science of Personalized Diets

Prevention — By on November 11, 2008 at 6:53 am

Washington, D.C. – American Institute for Cancer Research – Scientists presenting at the annual research conference of the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) suggested that diet likely plays a role in cancer prevention beyond the simple ABCs of healthful eating.

Specifically, researchers discussed the impact of diet in helping to grow “healthy” bacteria in the human gut, which emerging evidence suggests may influence how other dietary constituents are utilized for cancer protection. The evidence for inclusion of probiotics (foods and supplements containing healthy bacteria) in the diet for lower cancer risk was discussed as well as potential mechanisms. Researchers also touched upon the impact that individual genetic variations may have on the effectiveness of the bacterial response to certain foods.

In addition, researchers noted that genetic differences among individuals also affect how certain foods and nutrients combat the cancer process. The future of a personalized approach to eating for increased cancer prevention was anticipated.

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