Soy: How a Good Food Got a Bad Reputation

When you think of soy, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Is it the nutrient dense food or the “health risks” that accompany it? In the nutrition realm, particular foods get a bad rep that they don’t necessarily earn. A single study with a controversial finding can dominate headlines—even if 100 other studies conclude the contrary! Soy foods are an unfortunate example of this. Here's how soy became linked with an increase in cancer risk, how the research has panned out since then, and ...

How We Select the Blood Biomarkers in Our Tests

The science we use to back up our recommendations for food, exercise, supplementation, and lifestyle changes is held to the highest standard possible. In order for a study to make its way into our system, it needs to come from a non-industry funded, peer-reviewed journal and use human subjects. And even when those standards are met, we still carefully sift, read, and critique hundreds of journal articles to ensure a study's findings are strong enough. And it's this high threshold that is often ...

What Your DNA Can and Can't Tell You About Your Ideal Diet

In the world of personalized nutrition, it’s well accepted that there is no "one size fits all" diet. But recently, the concept of individualized diets have been taken to the next level thanks to a slew of genetic testing products promising DNA-based nutrition plans. So that begs the question: how much does DNA actually influence your diet? While the potential seems very high, unfortunately, the science isn’t quite there yet. Here's why you should be wary of any DNA test that promises a perfect ...

Science-Backed Habits to Live Past 100

After reading David Sinclair’s book Lifespan, I’ve been on a mission to uncover more strategies to increase longevity. In my last blog, The Best Foods to Slow Aging, I investigated the top foods that impact cellular aging. Individual foods like broccoli sprouts and mushrooms work to an extent, but it made me wonder whether there were larger diet patterns and behaviors that have already proven effective. Well, what better way to answer this question than to look at populations in which people ...

How This Nutrition Professional Outsmarted her Diet

The quest for longevity—the legendary "fountain of youth"—is centuries old. And while we can't stop time, recent science suggests we can both slow aging and improve our lifespan with simple changes. This science has led to the development of InsideTracker's personalized recommendations for lifestyle changes, helping our users live more healthy, longer lives. We caught up with one of our very own data scientists for more on how she’s using InsideTracker to promote her own healthy aging.

The Best Foods to Slow Aging, According to Leading Longevity Experts

In the last five years, scientists have made significant breakthroughs in the field of aging and longevity. Aging is a complex, multi-factorial process that starts in our cells, resulting in a gradual decline of the larger systems in the body. Scientists have proposed various theories for the reason we age, including mitochondrial dysfunction, inflammation, DNA damage, cell senescence, and telomere reduction—all of which will be discussed throughout this article. Fortunately, longevity ...

The Most Important Lines on a Nutrition Facts Panel

There's so much to look at on food packages, both front and back. But the most important info you'll find is in the little black and white Nutrition Facts panel. So how exactly should we use this panel? What should and shouldn't we look for? While the food label can be an incredibly helpful tool in selecting products that fit your goals, needs, and lifestyle, it can also be challenging to navigate. So let's give a break down of the things you should keep an eye on and what you can ignore when ...
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