Science Shows Promise of Personalized Diets Over Universal Recommendations

mouse dietWhen I began my Ph.D. research comparing diet responses across varying genetic backgrounds, I ambitiously expected to identify the “best” dietary pattern for health. But, it was quickly apparent that the data did not match the story in my head. As highlighted in the journal Genetics, my study showed there is no “one-size-fits-all” diet for optimal health and personalized, or precision diets, should allow for better health outcomes. Continue reading

Ketogenic Diets May Protect Against Oxidative Damage

mouse 1In today’s post, I’ll review a recent study proposing a possible mechanism for the benefits of a ketogenic diet. This post builds on my previous post about epigenetics.

In the research paper “Suppression of Oxidative Stress by β-Hydroxybutyrate, an Endogenous Histone Deacetylase Inhibitor,” researchers investigate the role of β-Hydroxybutyrate (βOHB) in preventing damage by oxidative stress. βOHB is a product of fat oxidation and serves as the major source of energy during prolonged exercise, under fasting conditions, or when following a ketogenic diet.  Continue reading