The word is more complicated than its meaning: it is the relationship between nutrition and our genes. In other words, the impact our food choices have on our genes and their actions on the body.
Our bodies are made of roughly 37 trillion cells, most of which have DNA inside. The foods we eat do not change our DNA code, but they affect how the genes that make up our DNA express themselves in their action on our cells. In the recent years, this relationship has been explored and the concept of the Epigenetics Diet has arisen.
Which foods would you say have a positive influence on this?
Here is the list of the most valuable ones (nutriepigenetically speaking):
- Soy (this may be controversial for some people: actually, unprocessed and non-GMO soya-particularly the fermented form-is very beneficial to the body, according to research discussed in the February 2020 issue of the British Medical Journal)
- Red wine (hooray)
- Spinach and all other leafy vegetables
- Sugar beets
- Red meat
- Egg yolks
- Whole grains
Garlic, soy and broccoli have anti-cancer properties. Red wine has resveratrol, which acts as an antioxidant. The rest of the foods are essential in protein synthesis for healthy cellular function.
It is easy to see that most of these foods form the building blocks of the Mediterranean Diet. So, in order to keep your genes happy for long-term health, cheers to Nutriepigenetics!