Personalized nutrition and gut microbiome - Interview with Richard Sprague

Personalized nutrition and gut microbiome - Interview with Richard Sprague

By
Arman Anatürk
June 30, 2020
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What if science could let us tailor our meals to our microbiome or genetic profile? 


The majority of our bodies are not human. Just over half of our cells are foreign bacteria 🦠


Keto, Paleo, Whole 30, etc... there's no one size fits all diet for everyone. Pick any two humans, and they'll share 99% of the same DNA but only 10% of the same microbes inherited from their diets and environments.

Studies have shown that the uniqueness of our guts are correlated to our blood glucose response, which is responsible for everything from obesity to diabetes to depression. And it turns out that what we eat has twice the impact on our guts vs. our lifestyle.

Today, we’re joined by Richard Sprague, a veteran technologist from Apple and Microsoft who has done over 600 microbiome tests using skin, nose, and fecal samples over the last six years.

His fascination with his gut microbiome has led him to start Personal Science, a personalized nutrition project to help people discover their ideal diet by helping them track their glucose responses to doctor-prescribed meals. We speak with him about the future of gut microbiome testing and personalized diets that are projected to become a $64bn market in the next two decades.


The Feed by HNGRY x FoodHack

The Feed examines global food trends and invites industry insiders to weigh in on how technology will shape the future course of our food and agriculture systems.
The show provides a unique perspective across European and American markets, discussing modern challenges within the wider ecosystems, proposing potential solutions to inspire action.

Written by
Arman Anatürk

Lived across North America, Europe and Asia, leading to my questionable cooking style. Jumped two feet forward into the startup world in 2013, and haven't looked back since. Always on the hunt for the next story or inside scoop to cover - email me or connect on LinkedIn.

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What if science could let us tailor our meals to our microbiome or genetic profile? 


The majority of our bodies are not human. Just over half of our cells are foreign bacteria 🦠


Keto, Paleo, Whole 30, etc... there's no one size fits all diet for everyone. Pick any two humans, and they'll share 99% of the same DNA but only 10% of the same microbes inherited from their diets and environments.

Studies have shown that the uniqueness of our guts are correlated to our blood glucose response, which is responsible for everything from obesity to diabetes to depression. And it turns out that what we eat has twice the impact on our guts vs. our lifestyle.

Today, we’re joined by Richard Sprague, a veteran technologist from Apple and Microsoft who has done over 600 microbiome tests using skin, nose, and fecal samples over the last six years.

His fascination with his gut microbiome has led him to start Personal Science, a personalized nutrition project to help people discover their ideal diet by helping them track their glucose responses to doctor-prescribed meals. We speak with him about the future of gut microbiome testing and personalized diets that are projected to become a $64bn market in the next two decades.


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The show provides a unique perspective across European and American markets, discussing modern challenges within the wider ecosystems, proposing potential solutions to inspire action.

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PODCAST

What if science could let us tailor our meals to our microbiome or genetic profile? 


The majority of our bodies are not human. Just over half of our cells are foreign bacteria 🦠


Keto, Paleo, Whole 30, etc... there's no one size fits all diet for everyone. Pick any two humans, and they'll share 99% of the same DNA but only 10% of the same microbes inherited from their diets and environments.

Studies have shown that the uniqueness of our guts are correlated to our blood glucose response, which is responsible for everything from obesity to diabetes to depression. And it turns out that what we eat has twice the impact on our guts vs. our lifestyle.

Today, we’re joined by Richard Sprague, a veteran technologist from Apple and Microsoft who has done over 600 microbiome tests using skin, nose, and fecal samples over the last six years.

His fascination with his gut microbiome has led him to start Personal Science, a personalized nutrition project to help people discover their ideal diet by helping them track their glucose responses to doctor-prescribed meals. We speak with him about the future of gut microbiome testing and personalized diets that are projected to become a $64bn market in the next two decades.


The Feed by HNGRY x FoodHack

The Feed examines global food trends and invites industry insiders to weigh in on how technology will shape the future course of our food and agriculture systems.
The show provides a unique perspective across European and American markets, discussing modern challenges within the wider ecosystems, proposing potential solutions to inspire action.

PODCAST

What if science could let us tailor our meals to our microbiome or genetic profile? 


The majority of our bodies are not human. Just over half of our cells are foreign bacteria 🦠


Keto, Paleo, Whole 30, etc... there's no one size fits all diet for everyone. Pick any two humans, and they'll share 99% of the same DNA but only 10% of the same microbes inherited from their diets and environments.

Studies have shown that the uniqueness of our guts are correlated to our blood glucose response, which is responsible for everything from obesity to diabetes to depression. And it turns out that what we eat has twice the impact on our guts vs. our lifestyle.

Today, we’re joined by Richard Sprague, a veteran technologist from Apple and Microsoft who has done over 600 microbiome tests using skin, nose, and fecal samples over the last six years.

His fascination with his gut microbiome has led him to start Personal Science, a personalized nutrition project to help people discover their ideal diet by helping them track their glucose responses to doctor-prescribed meals. We speak with him about the future of gut microbiome testing and personalized diets that are projected to become a $64bn market in the next two decades.


The Feed by HNGRY x FoodHack

The Feed examines global food trends and invites industry insiders to weigh in on how technology will shape the future course of our food and agriculture systems.
The show provides a unique perspective across European and American markets, discussing modern challenges within the wider ecosystems, proposing potential solutions to inspire action.