Science in Practice
Different by design: Understanding your unique relationship with food
Do you find healthy eating hard, or feel like it’s easier for your friends? “You are what you eat” is a well-known saying - but we also eat because of who we are as individuals. Over generations of evolution, each human has acquired their own unique “design”.
The differences in our external features like hair colour, eye colour and height are easy to appreciate but we often forget that we also have differences in the ways we respond to food – our taste, appetite, metabolism and more are all influenced by our individual genetics. Join molecular nutritionist Dr Emma Beckett to learn why we all have our own unique relationship with food and why “one-size fits all” is not always the best approach to eating.
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