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

Mediterranean Diet Reduces Heart Disease Risk; Low-Fat Diet is Difficult to Study

ImageA research article published in The New England Journal of Medicine on February 25, 2013 found that a traditional Mediterranean diet reduced risk of major cardiovascular events compared to a low-fat diet. The study suggested that a Mediterranean diet — rich in olive oil, nuts, beans, fish, fruits and vegetables — is healthier than a typical western diet. The study also demonstrated the challenges of conducting clinical research trials on diet.  Continue reading