Genes and Nutrition

The Churchill Effect: "People’s natural inclination to believe that if Winston Churchill lived
to 90 on a diet of marrow bones, champagne and cigars, why not them?"  From a recent Newsweek article on nutrional genomics. 

If marrow bones don’t suit you, then I hear turnips are all the rage in Sweden [Editor: British readers please see the update below].  Or perhaps you’re tired of fads altogether.  Jose Ordovas is tired of diet fads too:

Ordovas, director of the Nutrition and Genomics Laboratory at Tufts
University, believes the era of sweeping dietary recommendations for
the whole population—also sometimes known as fads—may be coming to an
end….you
can’t create a diet that’s optimal for everyone, Ordovas says…Within a decade, though, doctors will be able to take genetic profiles
of their patients, identify specific diseases for which they are at
risk and create customized nutrition plans accordingly.

Read the article:

Anne Underwood and Jerry Adler. "Diet and Genes" Newsweek (International Edition) February 7, 2005.

UPDATE:A reader has informed me that the above post is likely to utterly confound British readers:

"Your turnip news is confusing for the British,
since what the English call turnip is a different veg from what the Scots call
turnip. The latter has a different name in England, namely
Swede. Ha!" 

So for the British readers the statement in question should read as follows:

"…If marrow bones don’t suit you, then I hear Swedes are all the rage in Sweden…"

(Thanks for the note Bill!)

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