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Functional Foods Offer Hope of Disease Prevention Through Genes

April 11, 2009: 01:33 PM EST
Functional foods hold the promise of developing personalized diets that alter genes to prevent diseases, says Prof Charles Daly from the Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre at University College, Cork. The diets could target a range of conditions, including obesity, diabetes, intestinal diseases, cognitive failure, bone problems and stress. Institute for Food Research (IFR) scientist John Eady said about 30 percent of genes showed potential to be changed through dietary intervention. Skeptics say it would be better to focus on improving people’s diets rather than pour money into long-term research with doubtful benefits.
David Christie, "New ‘science’ food may pave way to a disease-free diet", Sunday Herald , April 11, 2009, © newsquest (sunday herald) limited
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