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No really, you are what you eat

November 15, 2011

Science will always prevail. Some of the strangest of sayings can in fact be true, at least to some extent. The phrase in question is “You are what you eat”.

Although it’s obviously impossible to munch on fish and chips and wake up the next day with a dorsal fin, spitting fried potato, there may actually be quite some truth behind the saying. Did you know that what you eat may have a more profound effect on your internal biochemistry than you might have though? Affecting your genes? Here’s a brief overview courtesy of 80beats on Discover Magazine:

What’s the News: It’s no secret that having lunch messes with your biochemistry. Once that sandwich hits your stomach, genes related to digestion have been activated and are causing the production of the many molecules that help break food down. But a new study suggests that the connection between your food’s biochemistry and your own may be more intimate than we thought. Tiny RNAs usually found in plants have been discovered circulating in blood, and animal studies indicate that they are directly manipulating the expression of genes.

For more info have a look here.

Image by tamaki

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Eaten today:

7:20 Cereal
13:00 Philadelphia sandwich, yoghurt, honey coated cashews
19:15 Cottage pie, peas

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