Your preference for, or indifference to, chocolate may be linked to a chemical signature programmed into your metabolic system, according to Swiss and British scientists.
The finding may help to design healthier diets that are customized to your individual needs, based on your nutritional type, or metabotype.
In the study, 11 volunteers who were “chocolate desiring” and 11 who were “chocolate indifferent” ate chocolate or a placebo over a five-day period. When researchers analyzed the volunteers’ urine and blood samples, they found that the “chocolate lovers” had low levels of LDL cholesterol and elevated levels of the beneficial protein albumin. They also had different activity in their gut microbes than the “chocolate indifferent” group.
The profile existed whether the chocolate was eaten or not.
The researchers suggest that food preferences such as chocolate might be imprinted into your metabolic system so that your body becomes “attuned to a particular diet.”
The findings build off of the prior knowledge that metabolic status and food preferences vary from person to person and culture to culture.
A test that could reliably determine your nutritional type, which could be performed as part of a blood or urine test, could be available in five years.
I first encountered metabolic typing back in 2001, when I read Bill Wolcott’s book The Metabolic Typing Diet. This is when I learned that people metabolize the food they eat in different ways, based on their genetics, stress levels, and other factors.
You will fall somewhere along the spectrum of having a carb type metabolism, a protein type metabolism, or a mixed type metabolism. This is why one diet does not work for everyone, and as soon as I applied these principles in my practice, patients who had not previously responded well to my nutrition program started to improve.
Nutritional Typing: The Best Way to Determine Your Healthiest Foods
After more than five years of using metabolic typing, my team refined and improved it to something we now call Nutritional Typing.
We hope to officially release the Nutritional Typing system later this year, as it builds upon the principles of metabolic typing, and provides an even better way for you to determine the diet that’s right for you.
Nutritional Typing is simple, and it emphasizes how to make the food choices for your Nutritional Type, along with the importance of raw foods and food quality, and how to best cook your food.
This study states that it could take five years for a reliable system to determine your metabolic type, but I have collaborated with about half a dozen leading nutrition experts, and we have developed a system that can tell you your Nutritional Type right now.
Without a doubt the most significant dietary intervention I have ever seen in practice has been the consistent use of Nutritional Typing. I believe it to be one of the most profound interventions for the 21st century and, properly applied, it can improve just about anyone’s health.
You can find out more by signing up for your free Nutritional Typing Mini Course online, or by reading my book, Take Control of Your Health, which has an entire chapter devoted to Nutritional Typing.
You’ll know you’re eating right for your Nutritional Type if you feel satisfied, free of cravings, and full of energy one hour after you eat. If you feel tired, nervous, depressed, or hungry shortly after finishing your meal, you’re not eating right for your Nutritional Type.
I strongly believe that everyone should find out their Nutritional Type, because eating the foods your body is meant to eat produces phenomenal health benefits in almost everyone who tries it.