Nutrigenetics and the Mediterranean Diet


What is Nutrigenetics?
As the word says, it is Genetics applied to Nutrition. Your genes largely determine what you are in your basic physical appearance in a sort of deterministic way (eye, hair & skin color, limb length,
etc.), but the expression of your genetic traits in the development of long term diseases is largely influenced by interaction with the environment in which you live, and the key element in your environment is the food that you consume every day.
Nutrition is the part of the environment that affects us the most and the good news is that it is also the one that we can control the most. But even better news is that we now know much more about which nutrients are more or less beneficial to each one of us on the basis of our genetic profile.
Everybody knows that we are what we eat, but not everybody knows that each of us is affected in a different way by the various macro and micro-nutrients because of some very common genetic variations called SNPs (single nucleotide polymorphism) that Nutrigenetics has been studying for various decades now.
A wealth of epidemiological and interventional studies have enabled us to better answer the question “What should I eat
to stay healthy for as long as possible?”
As RAS we are very happy to have been joined by Eurogenetica and have decided to be involved in the dissemination of this new knowledge because our interest in healthy nutrition is at the very heart of our Mediterranean roots and would be very proud to be an interface between this important research and the people who come to stay at the Vesuvian Institute.
We are thus pleased to offer to those who are interested in discovering more about their life-long affair with food a brief introductory course in nutrigenetics and a nutrigenetic test.
The testing is noninvasive (a sample taken with a swab from the mouth).

It consists of three relevant aspects:

1. Diet, this will give you very important information to help better control your weight because you will
learn about your sensitivities to refined carbs and fats.
2. A full nutrition profile which will advise you on the optimal amount of macro and micro-nutrients for
your genetic profile.
3. Fitness. This tests you for your sensitivity to physical activity and tells you which type of activity, whether power or endurance exercise, is likely to be most beneficial to you, because not surprisingly, also this is written in your genes.

In addition, this test will tell you whether you are sensitive to lactose and if you have a predisposition to celiac disease.

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