«Food & You» is a large-scale citizen science research project in Switzerland. This project studies the individual response to food, that is, the blood sugar response (the level of glucose in the blood after a meal) variation among individuals.
Participants collect data about their blood sugar levels, diet, as well as sleep and exercise habits over the course of two weeks. The blood sugar level is monitored continuously by a small sensor on the participants’ arm. The app MyFoodRepo collects data on diet. The participants take pictures of their meals. The app then predicts the nutritional value of the meal. In addition to this, participants keep diary on their sleep and exercise habits. A stool sample is collected to measure the composition of the participants’ microbiome.
A copy of the collected data is uploaded to the participants’ personal data account on the MIDATA platform. This ensures that every participant has access to his/her personal data and that he/she can decide about further use in other research projects.
The study wants to use the collected data to advance the field of personalized nutrition. The study tries to understand the relationship between blood sugar levels and diet, sleep, physical activity and the influence of the microbiome. In future, this knowledge might enable making personalized predictions on the blood sugar response to food and using these predictions to make personalized diet recommendations.
Visit the website: www.foodandyou.ch