Gone would be the days when individuals eat something and write something else in their food diary. Forget about eating a chocolate bar when no one is noticing. Scientists have come up with a new way to monitor the foods that go into tummy using a sensor on our tooth.
Good-old Food Diary
Health and diet are interconnected. We are all aware that we should increase consumption of fruits, vegetables and whole grains while minimizing salt, sugar and fats (bad fats) intake. What we eat, how much we eat and when we eat have the potency to affect health in every way. Technological improvements and science is applied in most areas but still we use the good old food diary to keep note of our day-to-day eating habits. This is the best source to track food only if a person is honest and sincere. Even then, it can lead to errors sometimes. You cannot assure that you fill the diary precisely on every given day-you might forget that you had four slices of pizza instead of three and bring about food portion distortion while entering. Also, we don’t know the quantity of salt present in a portion of fries or even how many fries make a portion.
While ways to track food consumption other than the age-old food diary have been tried and tested, none have been successfully implemented as they required bulky wiring, mouth guards or frequent sensor replacements as they degenerate quickly. A group of scientists at the Tufts University have come up with a solution for the same-a tiny, wireless tooth sensor that does the work of a food diary. The sensor can detect salt, glucose and alcohol as soon as it enters the mouth and report real-time data. It might be able to detect stress levels too with the help of saliva in the mouth.
This innovation could change the entire nutrition assessment upside down, for the better. Days are not far off when information about the food you consume is transmitted in real-time to your nutritionist/dietitian who can track down your calories, nutrient contents and revert back with severe reprimands or encouragements depending on the data received. It might also happen that we get to hear an alarm if we crossed our daily calorie limitations or the food that goes into our mouth is overfull with unhealthy calories.
Whatever be it, try eating healthy food, be loyal to yourself about your food journal and exercise regularly to stay healthy. If you need any guidance and encouragement in getting the right diet plan, visit the website www.firsteatright.com to get in touch with nutritionists and dietitians who can help you plan the perfect meal plan suitable for your body type.
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.