The mapping of the human genome has opened the door to personalized nutrition, which someday may move us from “you are what you eat” to “how to eat for who you are.”

The emerging field of nutrigenomics looks at the connection between our genes, the nutrients in the foods we eat, and our health, says Swift. In other words, if compounds in broccoli can stop a cancer-promoting gene from expressing itself, eat lots of broccoli may be truly “medicinal” for people with that gene.

Source: Environmental Nutrition The newsletter of food, nutrition & Health Volume EN18 Kathie Madonna Swift, MS,RND, LDN, education director of the Food As Medicine training program at the Center for Mind-Body Medicine and author of The Swift Diet.

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