Personalised diet: why is it important?BY PIETRO PAGANINI
- 28 March 2023
- Posted by: Competere
- Category: Senza categoria
By correlating the most recent results of scientific research in the nutritional and genetic fields with the exponential evolution of technology, we can personalize our diet and lifestyle. This overcomes the ideological approach to physical and mental health and the consequent risk of a universal diet and the iPhonization of the food industry. It is the epiphany of diversity and free choice that urgently needs to be protected by new rules for ensuring the living together of humans, technology, and scientific discoveries.
The most advanced results of genetic, nutrition and metabolic research, as well as the exponential evolution of digital technologies, can help us know our state of health and well-being in real-time. From here, we can focus on what we might need to improve our psychophysical conditions. Therefore, we are finally able to develop precision diets and, more generally, a personalized lifestyle based on our most peculiar needs.
TECHNOLOGY FOR NUTRITION
- Soon, we will have in real-time all the values of our blood, urine, and any other factor important to our physical and mental well-being (measuring mechanisms related to the brain will be a radical breakthrough).
- In the meantime, our DNA or the characteristics of our metabolism will be available at negligible costs.
Algorithms and artificial intelligence platforms installed in dedicated applications will cross-reference all this data with information about our daily activities. Technology will help us predict how much energy to consume for each category of nutrients, fats, sugars, proteins, vitamins, etc., based on our current state and what we can expect in the near and distant future.
THE FUTURE IS HERE
This collaboration between us and intelligent digital objects is a fact of the present, not a dystopian narrative of the future. It is an inexorable process that should not be stopped but regulated.
Each of us will have, if we want, a personalized or precision diet, or rather a personalized lifestyle based on the intersection of our DNA, metabolism, the peculiarity of our activities, and our actual eating and physical behavior. Technology will help us nourish ourselves and live better, provided we use it only by exercising our critical spirit.
THE SANCTUARY OF DIVERSITY
The personalized diet recognizes the deepest diversity that characterizes each of us. Therefore, it should help us improve our well-being as well as the well-being of the animated and inanimate environment around us. And it will do so through the exchange of knowledge between conscious individuals and advanced but unconscious technological tools.
AGAINST EVERY IDEOLOGY
- So far, part of the scientific community has erroneously focused on the individual nutrients we consume (saturated fats and sugar), avoiding a more comprehensive approach that concerns lifestyle, of which nutrition is a part, and therefore, behavior and education. The problem is not what we eat, but how we live, i.e., the lifestyle that characterizes each of us.
- Universal diets planned by an élite of ideological scientists for many who are denied freedom of choice through illusory tools such as numerous nutritional claims and deceptive packaging will be overcome.
Thus, the risk of witnessing the imposition of a global diet, i.e., the iPhonization of nutrition, will be overcome. The urgency of creating economies of scale is driving some industrial giants to exploit ideological health – the universal healthy diet for all – to impose a few products with well-defined tastes.
CONNECTED WITH THE WORLD AND THE MARKET
So, a hive of commercial activities can provide us with what we desire or need. The food will be delivered to us even before we discover the need.
NEUTRALITY OF TECHNOLOGY AND FREEDOM OF CHOICE
- Science and technology are thus critical tools that individuals use to know and elaborate new knowledge through individual choices.
- Attention must be paid because technology is not good or bad, but neither is it neutral, and it must be used in a context of rules that regulate its operation to protect individuals’ free choice. Algorithms and artificial intelligence must favor individual choices and, therefore, promote access to knowledge as much as possible. They must strengthen data protection, which, with access to DNA and lifestyle, offers an increasingly intimate knowledge of each individual.
WHO GETS THERE FIRST
- Europe shall promote investments in scientific research in personalized diets
- and in the development of AI and IoT, fostering the birth of new startups.