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An article in the popular press called “Feed Your Genes” sheds light on the newest research on healthy diets. Research on health at the cellular level may lead the way out of the maze of crash diets and those diets that limit or prohibit whole groups of foods.
The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Dr. Berit Johansen, researcher) fed slightly overweight people on different diets and studied the effect of the various diets on gene expression. They use the term “gene expression” to explain the complex processes in which the gene’s DNA sequence creates a protein that is used to build a cell’s structure or to carry out the task of the cell.
The gene needs food to create the protein and carry out its work. The study tried to identify what collection of foods a person could eat, and in what amounts to lead to optimum health and function at the level of each cell.
It was found that a diet with 1/3 fat, 1/3 carbohydrate and 1/3 protein taken at EACH of 6 daily meals was the best diet for helping the genes DNA get its work done at the celluar level. Other diets lead to inflammation of the cells that is believed over time to lead to cardiovascular disease, some cancers, dementia and type 2 diabetes.
This is real news, since most diets recommended in recent years have told dieters to cut-out various food groups entirely. The newest science tells us that eating six well balanced meals every day (one-third of each type of nutrient) will lead to better cellular health.
When people have inflammation at the level of the cells they may not notice it, but researchers have found that overall they have a slightly redder complexion, the body stores, water, they feel warmer and they are not at their top function mentally.
To learn more about the findings of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, you can read the reports at: OMICS A Journal of Integrative Biology. Volume 15 2011. “Balanced Caloric Macronutrient Composition Downregulates Immunological Gene Expression in Human Blood Cells- Adipose Tissue Diverges. (Lead Author: Brattbakk, H.)