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More recently some companies have started offering Microbiome tests as a way of personalising your nutrition.
Your microbiome is very relevant to the way you absorb your nutrients. As a matter of a diet high in fruit, vegetables and legumes in large variety is really the key to good gut bacteria.
Now we have companies asking you to send them your poo and they will tell you what to eat.
So let’s say a person with a poor diet lacking in fibre send them his poo and they find out that the microbiome lacks large variety of bacteria.
Then the recommendation will probably be; eat oats instead of coco pops for breakfast.
Now is this personalised nutrition?
Other tests that are offered as a way of establishing what you should eat is Glucose testing.
How can Glucose testing be relevant to your nutrition. You walk around all day with a glucose monitor and watch your Glucose spikes.
The only people really who need to monitor their Glucose spikes are typ 1 diabetic Glucose spikes are not in any way form or shape going to personalise your nutrition.
Obviously if you drink 15 cans of Coca Cola a day you will have a bit too many insulin spikes and your health and well being will suffer as a result.
Personalised nutrition is definitely something that will be a thing of the future. When better ways of testing are available.
But as of now it is really just science fiction.
By Abdi-Karim Berleen/Personal trainer in Loughton