The long awaited book edited by Prof Lynnette Ferguson was launched last week. I have been anxiously awaiting for over a year for it to become available and now it´s finally here!
The book pictured in this post, includes chapters by various experts and researchers in the field. Without giving too much away, the book is broken up into 4 sections.
Section 1- Includes examples of key gene-diet interactions as well as a discussion on the omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acid pathways.
Section 2- Is probaply the most interesting section for practising dietitians, which provides an overview of how advances in nutritional genomics can aid in modulating the risk for chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity as well as Crohn´s disease.
Section 3- Looks at technologies involved in Nutrigenetics and Nutrigenomics. It covers chapters on metabolomics and epigenetics as well as how these new technologies can contribute to the development of functional foods.
Section 4- Takes a more holistic view on how developments in nutritional genomics can be implemented practically in nutrition programmes as well as clinical practice, industry and the public. It covers the controversial topic of DTC testing as well as how Nutrigenomics can impact public health.
This is the first book that is an excellent starting point for clinicians, health practitioners and food industry professionals who may have some understanding of this emerging science but are not quite sure of how this may impact them in the future. The practical examples of disease states makes it easier for nutrition practitioners to understand how advances in nutritional genomics may change their practice in the future. It is written for healthcare professionals and hence some basic knowledge of the field as well as nomenclature will help when starting this book.
As per my last post, recent evidence has shown that there is a general lack of knowlegde and confidence amongst dietitians across the globe. This book is an excellent book to get familiar with this emerging field as well as gain a better understanding of the technologies that are involved in driving the science. Dietitians have the advantage of the knowledge in food science as well as nutrition, biochemistry and physiology, adding nutritional genomics to our knowledge base is just the next natural step.
I highly recommend this book, and would love to hear what you think!, get your copy from Amazon or CRC press today.
Mariëtte Abrahams MBA RD is a freelance dietitian, consultant nutritionist and nutrition business consultant. She is the director of Pomegranate Nutrition Consulting Ltd which specialises in providing technical expertise on nutritional genomics to the Biotechnology, Food and Medical Nutrition industry. She is a media spokesperson for the BDA and has written a book “Practical Nutrigenomics – a guide to setting up your personalised nutrition service”. Her website https://marietteabrahams.com