Simply put, Nutrigenomics is the science of nutrition and genes. It involves genetics and diet. It is a fairly new discipline in both the scientific community and consumer spaces. While the advent of home gene testing equipment has brought the complex science of genetic testing to the consumer, the average person should still consult a professional before drawing conclusions on diet from genes. A key component of Nutrigenomics is that with the difference in our body’s makeup comes with a difference in diet. One diet will not necessarily be beneficial for everyone no matter how healthy.
- Nutrigenomics is the study of how nutrition affects genes and how a specific diet can prevent or contribute to diseases.
- Genetic results should only be interpreted by a specialist like a geneticist because the results can be very confusing.
- Genetic tests can raise ethical issues because they can reveal information about you that you might not want to know, like how you may be likely to develop a disease.
“If you are interested in trying genetic testing for yourself, purchase an all-inclusive kit from a reputable company, or ask your primary care provider for a referral.”