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This sudden hot weather has floored everybody in my household with a cold, however we did manage to squeeze in a visit to a (semi) organic hydroponic raspberry farm. They looked great but most of all they tasted great too. Of course red fruits are known for their high antioxidant content, so I´m sure we got our fair share as we plucked the berries straight from the plant.
We are already on issue nr 20! and this issue won´t disappoint either. Grab your lounger and soak up the knowledge in our latest update
Stay happy stay healthy!
In the news
Amylase genes (AMY2B, AMY2A,AMY1) code for enzymes that digest carbohydrates from food in the mouth into sugars. The copy number of AMY1 has been previously reported to have genomic infuence on obesity. Usually the gene copy number of AMY1 is between 2-17 with every copy number reducing the risk of obesity 1.2 fold (1). The effect of AMY1 copy number is reported to explain 11% of the genetic contribution to obesity (which is much higher than FTO).
In this recent study conducted at King´s college (London), they measured the gene copy number in 3500 individuals in total. Participants included were Swedish, French, Chinese and English. They found that the lower copy number was consistenly linked to higher risk of obesity with the difference between the high and low risk being approx 8- fold.
This could mean that in the future, amylase levels could be measured (and tracked) to further provide personalised nutrition advice….although more studies are needed, there are exciting times ahead I say! To read the full newspaper interview article with Professor Tim Spector click the link below
1) Usher, C. L., Handsaker, R. E., Esko, T., Tuke, M. A., Weedon, M. N., Hastie, A. R., Cao, H., Moon, J. E., Kashin, S., Fuchsberger, C., Metspalu, A., Pato, C. N., Pato, M. T., McCarthy, M. I., Boehnke, M., Altshuler, D. M., Frayling, T. M., Hirschhorn, J. N. and McCarroll, S. A. (2015) ‘Structural forms of the human amylase locus and their relationships to SNPs, haplotypes and obesity’, Nat Genet, advance online publication.doi:10.1038/ng.3340
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Caffeine, genes and health podcast by Dr Gregg Wells with– Dr Ahmed El-Sohemy (University of Toronto)
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Recently announced ISNN 2016 is in Israel Tel Aviv – 23rd-26th May
Let´s meet at Food Matters Live 2015 in London!– I´m speaking at the Future Nutrition seminar
Mariëtte Abrahams MBA RD is a registered Dietitian/Nutritionist and Business consultant. She has gained over 15 years experience in the clinical nutrition and Medical Nutrition industry. She currently consults with businesses in the Biotechnology, functional food and PR industry to use developments in Nutritional Genomics and personalized nutrition to build and develop brands by providing technical expertise, training and strategic support. Mariette has a unique skill combination of expert nutrition knowledge as well as business acumen. She is the author of “Practical Nutrigenomics- a guide to setting up your personalised nutrition service” written for health & wellness professionals as well as the developer and presenter of the BDA accredited Nutritional Genomics for nutrition professionals webinar series. Mariëtte is a media spokesperson for the British Dietetics Association.
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