Food & Nutrition

The study of what we eat and how it can benefit or harm us is not new. Metabolites, or, nutrients, have been analyzed over centuries to understand and improve the role of food in our healthcare.

Understand how metabolomics can influence what we eat

Recently, this interest has been taken up by researchers in a variety of fields to include obesity, calorie restriction, anti-aging, and the microbiome as we realize how what we eat has an enormous impact on human health. Based on the quantitative measurement of hundreds of metabolites, including those of plant or bacterial origins, we can begin to understand the interplay between the microbiome, the food we eat, and our internal systems. Recently, we learned that metabolites produced by your gut can influence the development of liver cancer.

In addition, the profiling of nutrient and bio-functional compounds can provide clear markers supporting the development and quality control of food and nutritional products. In this way, metabolomics can be used to add biological-based branding value or provide key insights for the optimization of production in industries from agriculture, fermentation, and bioprocessing.

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