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DNA-Based Diets May Bring Better Results Than Standard Diets

One of the biggest issues when it comes to shedding pounds is that people have a hard time sticking with their diets. A recent study suggests that DNA-based dietary advice may be easier to adhere to than standard “one size fits all” diets.

Participants in the study included 138 healthy young adults. The researchers collected information about their intake of caffeine, sodium, vitamin C, and sugar. Following that, half of the group was given DNA-based dietary advice for those four areas of interest and the other half was given standard dietary advice.

The researchers assessed changes in dietary habits of all of the participants using food frequency questionnaires at the three and 12-month marks. They found that the DNA-based diet group showed improvements in their diets at three months and even greater improvements after 12 months.

The positive changes were especially notable in the individuals who were told they carried a gene that is linked with salt consumption and high blood pressure. The researchers noted a significant drop in sodium intake among those individuals.

While no significant improvements were noted in the other three areas of interest, the researchers noted that the majority of the participants were already meeting the dietary recommendations in those areas, suggesting that not much improvement was necessary.

Researchers from the University of Toronto conducted the study. It was published on November 19, 2014, in the journal PLoS One.

DNA-based dietary recommendations are still a relatively new field. If you’re interested in exploring this weight loss option, talk to your physician or nutritionist about the best way to go about it.

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