New Technology to Create Personalized Meals Based on DNA

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) have started its research on how technology can be used to create a device that can personalize meals based on DNA. The researchers are finding a solution that can help to create personalized diet based information related to person’s genetics and lifestyle. The aim of CSIRO is to develop a wearable device that can suggest a food based on the body needs as soon as the person wakes up in the morning. The device will measure what kind of food needs to be consumed based on minerals, calories, vitamins and protein.

The company is also planning to fabricate genetically designed food using 3D printers. A team of researchers at CSIRO has also identified nine micronutrients that can lead to DNA damage. While supplementation with certain micronutrients can decrease DNA damage.

Analyzing DNA to create personalized nutrition program

Similarly, Habit, a California-based startup, introduced personalized nutrition program, analyzing person’s DNA to create personalized food plan and deliver those ingredients to the person’s home. The company launched in 2016 with its service beginning in early 2017.  Habit uses a genetic marker to recognize customer’s ideal meal and send it directly to their home. It offers a home testing kit, where the blood sample is sent to a lab to identify how genetic variations in DNA that affect how person metabolize and breakdown food. However, researchers are still trying to find out all the factors that influence how the food is metabolized.

Lose It, a calorie tracking app recently introduced embodyDNA, a weight loss plan based on users DNA. Lose It has also partnered with Helix to conduct and provide the result of DNA test. Based on the DNA test, embodyDNA provides insights on the body, including fitness levels, metabolism, and sensitivities to certain foods. It also suggests types of exercise to be done.

The trend of personalized nutrition planning is increasing with companies using blood tests, DNA and activity levels to create a personalized meal plan. Companies leading the way into personalized diets is also creating the demand for hyper-personalized foods. However, according to some experts, it’s a very new concept and a lot remains to be researched. Moreover, genetic testing can also cost several hundred dollars. The researchers still don’t know enough to tell people how or what to eat based on gut bacteria. As the current scientific studies suggest it is better to have more diversity of good bacteria.

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Sudip Saha

Sudip Saha is one of the leading tech consultants in APAC, having served at key positions in leading IT consulting firms. He has extensively written about the commercial viability and impact of next-generation technologies, most notably AI, IoT, and Big Data. Sudip’s forte lies in offering a nuanced analysis on the key developments in the tech landscape. A reputed thought-leader, his views have been published in leading publications, including CIO, ZD Net, Economic Times, and The Economist

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