One day a personalised diet—apps and algorithms telling you what to eat and what to avoid through devices implanted under the skin, as we set out in this imagined scenario for 2035—may be the answer to a long and healthy life. Happily for the gourmands among you, there are other ways.
You could try learning from a “Blue Zone”, as places with lots of centenarians are known. One is a community of Seventh-day Adventists in California. It must help that they frown on ultra-processed food. Just how bad is it for our bodies? You could think about your brain’s own nutritional needs, by understanding the emerging field of nutritional psychiatry. And if you hoped that counting calories was the solution, this story helps explain why the measure is so misleading.
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