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Podcast spotlight: why personalisation is the future of nutrition, featuring Tim Spector

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AUTHOR: Ross Carver-Carter

ZOE’s PREDICT trials show that the same foods can cause vastly different metabolic responses amongst individuals. The implication is that what’s good for me might not be so good for you.

These findings undermine a one-size-fits-all approach to nutrition and have sparked a paradigm shift towards personalisation. Unlike traditional nutritional guidelines, precision nutrition seeks to tailor foods to a persons unique biology.

Companies such as ZOE continue to lead the way in this pivot towards precision, leveraging the power of citizen science to learn more about our unique responses towards food.

Their groundbreaking research is accelerating the rise of personalisation and promises to democratise the field through Artificial Intelligence.

Curated from our “Food Futures” series and featuring guests such as Tim Spector, the following podcasts delve into the reasons why precision and personalisation will define the future of nutrition. Let’s dive in:

Our biology is unique; our diets should be too

The PREDICT trials are an ongoing series of large-scale studies measuring peoples individual metabolic responses to different foods.

It’s the largest in-depth nutritional research program in the world, involving over two-thousand volunteers and tracking a wide range of markers such as blood glucose, fat, insulin levels and microbiome diversity.

The Food Matters Live Podcast welcomes Dr Sarah Berry, senior lecturer at Kings College London and a technical lead on the PREDICT-2 trial.

Sarah explains the implications of the PREDICT study and articulates the role of the gut microbiome in our dietary idiosyncrasies. Drawing on her extensive research and expertise, she explains why a one-size-fits-all approach to nutrition is no longer fit for purpose in light of these findings. 

ZOE: leading a revolution in nutritional research

Formed three years ago when Tim Spector joined forces with Jonathan Wolf and George Hadjigeorgiou, ZOE was founded on the belief that new technologies could enable scientific research at an unprecedented scale and speed.

Boasting over two thousand volunteers to-date, Their PREDICT trials have unlocked key insights about how food impacts blood glucose response and gut microbiome composition.

Using the data collected from their studies, ZOE are training their in-house AI to accurately predict people’s responses to food within certain demographics. By doing so, they hope to democratise precision nutrition and pave the way for it’s adoption worldwide.

In this episode, Stefan is joined by ZOE’s founder, Tim Spector, co-founder, Jonathan Wolf, and senior researcher, Dr. Sarah Berry, to discuss the rise of precision nutrition and ZOE’s groundbreaking research in this field.

“A digital butler”: how technology will help deliver truly personalised nutrition

Food technology

With science showing that even twins have individualised health responses to food and drink, it’s clear that we need a more personalised approach to nutrition.

Technology will play a key part in this transition, from the omics needed to measure biomarkers to the apps necessary to deliver recommendations.

In this thought-provoking episode, we’re joined by Nard Clabbers, Chief Science Officer at Happ, and Philipp Schulte, CEO & Co-Founder of Baze Labs, to explore how technology will shape our eating habits in the future.

Digital butlers? Personalised apps integrated with supermarkets? This is an episode you don’t want to miss.

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