Nutrition Tailored to the Individual? Not Just Yet – Realigning Nutrigenomic Science with Contemporary Societyde Vrieze J.a · Bouwman L.b · Komduur R.c, d · Pin R.e · Ronteltap A.f, g · Vandeberg R.h, i · van Dam F.a · Penders B.a, j, k
aCentre for Society and Genomics, Institute for Science, Innovation & Society, Radboud University Nijmegen, Nijmegen, bDivision of Human Nutrition, Wageningen University, and cApplied Philosophy Group, Wageningen University and Research Centre, Wageningen, dNetherlands Centre Alternatives to Animal Use NCA, Department for Animals, Science and Society, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University, Utrecht, eDepartment of Psychology and Communication of Health and Risk, Faculty of Behavioral Sciences, University of Twente, Enschede, fMarketing and Consumer Behaviour Group, Wageningen University and Research Centre, and gLEI-Wageningen UR (Agricultural Economics Research Institute), Wageningen, hDepartment of Innovation Studies, Utrecht University, and iTechnology Foundation STW, Utrecht, jDepartment of Health, Ethics & Society, School for Primary Care and Public Health, Maastricht University, Maastricht, and kDepartment of Philosophy and Science Studies, Institute for Science, Innovation & Society, Radboud University Nijmegen, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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About a decade ago, scientists and science journalists presented nutrigenomics as a grand promise that each of us would soon know which foods fit in our personal healthy diet. Meanwhile, expectations have been adjusted to fit a changed reality. Simultaneously, societal issues surrounding personalized nutrition continue to rise, including whether consumers need it, food industry can produce it, all relevant stakeholders are willing and able to work together, and if it is a desirable way to go for nutrition. The commentary below reports the main results of 6 research projects that focused on nutrigenomics and its role in society.
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