Humans on the brink of a nutritional revolution, doctor claims – The Independent

People will be fitted with “skin-embedded sensory devices” to calculate their optimum diet, it has been claimed.

Dr Morgaine Gaye believes the high-tech monitors will be programmed to consider our genetic background and any pre-existing medical conditions.

They will then track our breath and biometrics to the exact micronutrients and vitamins we individually need each day.

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The increased focus on personalised health will bring an end to the ‘one-size-fits-all’ diet culture – everything we consume will be nutritionally tailored and meals packed with the relevant minerals, vitamins and even bacteria, Dr Gaye claimed.

She said: “In the future, with each person having their own personal DNA and microbiome tested, individual dietary requirements will be extremely specific and nuanced and it will become increasingly important that food is tailored to this.”

She also predicted the death of the TV dinner and an increased value placed on mealtime togetherness and shared cooking experiences.  

“Kindness will be our main mode of behaviour. Dinner will be a collaboration as we share chores and skill-swap,” she said. “Dinnertime will be a kind of simple, social occurrence, as friends, colleagues, acquaintances gather to share and eat.”

A poll of of 2,000 British adults looking into current dinner time habits found more than a quarter (27 per cent) regularly repeat meals just because they know that they are healthy – with 24 per cent citing health as the main reason for choosing a meal.

More than half (58 per cent) of those surveyed on behalf of  recipe box company Gousto, also believed that looking into the future, food will still be prepared at home using fresh, purchased ingredients rather than prepared for you by a retailer (nine per cent) or robot (four per cent).

However, more than one third (35 per cent) of respondents admitted that they currently enjoy their evening meal on the sofa – while the same amount (35 per cent) also reveal that they think they’ll still eat their dinner in front of the TV in the future.

In addition, only 15 per cent of those surveyed consistently enjoy screen free dinner times throughout the week.

Dr Gaye said the future of dinnertime “will involve more opportunity for sharing preparation, eating together and more of an attitude of mindfulness. But it will also employ advanced technology, self-monitoring health devices and completely integrated ordering interfaces.

“Technology and humanity will co-exist in a more assimilated way and the meals we eat will become more wholesome and will act as cherished moments of meaning.“

 

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