Is a diet based on your genome the future of nutrition?


Any chance Soylent will look into each customer’s genomics and provide them with an optimum customized Soylent meal?

Please see the Popular Science article, “A Personalized Nutrition Company Will Use Your DNA To Tell You What To Eat”

Link: Is a diet based on your genome the future of nutrition?

From the article…

“It’s hard to create a diet that will work for everyone.”

…a growing body of research suggests that one of the reasons diets often fail is that the same foods can affect people in incredibly different ways–the same meal provides more calories for some and less for others, and can spike glucose levels at varying degrees depending on the individual.

Science seems to back up this idea. In a 2015 study in the journal Cell, researchers gave 800 people the exact same meal and then tested their glucose levels soon after. They found that despite the meals being identical, the glucose levels among the group varied drastically. This was true not only for foods high in sugar like ice cream but also in foods with lower glycemic indexes, like whole-grain bread. This study also found that a genetics-based personal meal plan helped to decrease post-meal glucose levels overall.

Link to the Study: Personalized Nutrition by Prediction of Glycemic Responses


Not at this time. Maybe in 40 years or so. There’s just too much unknown about the human genome, though the cost is getting closer to be able to do it for everyone.


40 years?! All of the science is currently in place and a company called, “Habit” will go live in early 2017, providing genome testing, coaching session from a nutritionist and meals tailored to your genome.

another snippet from the PopSci article:

…the idea of personalized nutrition is currently a large area of research. However, doing this kind of testing is quite expensive, which is what Habit’s CEO, Neil Grimmer, wanted to change. For him, expensive DNA testing and food tailoring helped him lose 25 pounds and brought his body back to his former triathlon-racing self. His goal for Habit was to make this kind of service affordable for everyone. Habit currently costs $299 for the initial testing, diet recommendations, and a coaching session with a nutritionist. Food and follow up testing, which can be done two to three months after, is not included in the initial cost.

here is a link to Habit’s website: When your body’s unique biology meets just the right foods, something amazing happens – you thrive.

Perhaps Habit, with its consumer focused approach, will achieve what Hippocrates lectured long ago: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”


40 years until it’s useful. Not 40 years until someone tries to make money off of it.

You don’t need a DNA test to make a diet that will help you lose 25lbs or to run a triathlon.


The Habit discussion is in another thread.


I believe human digestion is very flexible, it’s one of our big advantages. As long as certain universal nutrition standards are met an average individual should adjust over time to take maximum advantage of their diet, I don’t expect genetic testing to play a significant role in diet. There isn’t much missed by “eat food, not too much, mostly plants”.


This guy gets it. People should take their snowflake pseudoscience to a anti-GMO forum. Where genetics are good unless it’s on plants, apparently.


Well, if a company’s doing it, it must work!


I guess the thread I created about it didn’t sound enough like click-bait.