Effects of Different Diets in Humans May Depend on their Genetics


A nascent research conducted by the Texas A&M University Health Science Center published in the journal Generic, revealed that all humans do not experience uniform results from a given form of diet. The research was conducted on four groups of different species of animals by administrating five distinct human diets in them. While a particular diet showed the same results for animals of the same species, there were significant differences amongst the other species. Like humans, who are differently affected by different diets, each group of species also exhibited varied results for a particular diet as against other species. The results were then matched against human behaviors to get final inferences.

Multiplicity of Results from Single Diet

Some rare combinations of uncontentious healthy food performed well for all the species. However, other combinations had adverse effects on certain species while they fared well for others. To exemplify, the atkins-like diet did well for two species but proved significantly harmful for others, causing obesity and fat accumulation. It is evident that humans exhibit different results for different diets, and the researchers wanted to relate this propensity to human genetics. Hence, after administering human-like diets in animals, they compared a number of parameters like fiber content, metabolic syndrome, and bioactive compounds.

Understanding Human Health

The research enunciated that humans cannot forge a common diet that is healthy for all or none. While a particular diet can make a person lean, it can have deviant results for others with different sets of genetics. Although the primary aim of the research was to find the optimal diet but the results showed that healthy results are largely dependent on a person’s genetics. The researchers asserted that they would venture into conducting further research that could ascertain the right diet for people according to their genetic level.

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