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Can prescription foods change your life?

We all know that diet plays a huge role in overall health. Will doctors soon be providing grocery prescriptions to be delivered to our doors and prepared by smart appliances?

A proper diet has long been considered essential to good health. But few have the time or skills to follow a diet spelled out on paper and prepare the right foods for every meal. Enter prescription food services ordered by your doctor, delivered by a food service, automatically restocked by your refrigerator, and cooked to perfection by your stove - after it crowdsources the best final touches to the recipe.
In other words, technology can help us eat better. Plenty of studies show that good nutrition prevents diseases ranging from rickets to diabetes and heart problems. The right caloric intake also speeds recovery from illnesses, accidents, and surgeries. Further, more recent research has discovered that diet impacts your epigenetics, the mechanism that turns genes on and off, and thus affects not only your health, but your future offspring's, too.
"Examples of epigenetics in food include the ability of green tea to influence DNA methylation marks and reduce cancer susceptibility, as well as the ability of sulforaphane in broccoli to slow the growth of cancer via histone modification," according to a report in What Is Epigenetics. "Other epigenetic examples even suggest that DNA methylation might fix binge eating early in life or eating brown rice can epigenetically reduce food cravings."
New discoveries in how food affects your health do not contradict earlier studies, in regard to general impact. The consensus - that the foods you eat and how you prepare them affect your health - is confirmed again and again. Yet the American diet contains a lot of processed and fast foods with little planning based on nutrition science. Processed foods are the opposite of good nutrition, yet their low prices and ready availability make them the most frequent food choices.