We Are Unique. And Respond Differently To The Same Food.

Here’s an interesting fact: you share 99.9% of your genes with your neighbor. And your colleague. And the rest of the human population.

And what’s more interesting is, that despite this huge similarity, you and every single one of us, are unique. 

And a recent study published in Cell confirms just that.

The study, conducted on 800 individuals who were given the same food, tracked not just their post-meal glucose levels and major blood parameters but also took into account other factors like their physical activity, lifestyle behaviors and their gut-microbiota.

And here’s something very interesting that it revealed.

Different People. Same Food. Different Blood-Glucose Levels.

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There’s a big difference in how we process food and two people don’t respond to the same diet in the same way.

More importantly,

  • People show different blood glucose levels even with the same food and their gut-microbiota has a lot to do with how they process food.
  • Dietary ingredients cannot be universally ‘good’ or ‘bad’ for everyone and one-size-fits-all diets are of little help.
  • Personally-tailored diets can successfully bring down elevated blood glucose levels and prevent the onset of metabolic syndrome.

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Interestingly, this seems to be quite in-line with the Ayurvedic concept of a ‘Metabolic Personality’ which lends people their uniqueness, and influences how their body functions – the part of them that drives their natural tendencies, the health conditions they might be prone to, and decides the complementing personalized nutrition they need, to stay in their balanced, happy state.

You can learn more about your Unique Metabolic Personality Type, here.


Zeevi, David, et al. “Personalized nutrition by prediction of glycemic responses.” Cell 163.5 (2015): 1079-1094.