Black History Month: Disparities in Nutrition
Stephanie Evans February 18, 2022

As we all know, everyone has a different genetic makeup. But what about the influence of health disparities, racial and ethnic differences in the prevalence and severity of common diseases? For example, there are several precursors that lead to the development of heart disease. While these precursors are similar throughout all populations, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, and obesity, there are other factors that have a major impact on the progression of this disease.  

At BASE10 Genetics, we work with all types of health benefit providers, deploying cutting edge genetics testing and research to improve health outcomes for their subscriber base while simultaneously delivering them significant health care benefits cost savings. Our dietitians put genetics testing into practice by studying and interpreting nutrigenomics – how your diet affects your genes, and nutrigenetics – how your specific gene variants affect your response to specific nutrients in your diet. 

Did you know that African Americans are more likely to die from a heart attack more than any other community? People in the black community are at higher risk of developing heart disease at an earlier age, too. Lifestyle is a huge factor, which is influenced by socioeconomic status, education, environment, stress, and the culture of the individual.  

For people who live in remote locations, inner cities, or any other location that does not have close-range access to grocery stores, fresh fruits and vegetables are likely not readily available. These foods also come at a price. This pushes people to shop at convenience stores where there is an abundance of prepackaged foods, or to purchase fast foods as they are relatively inexpensive and quick to get on-the-go. These foods come at a price to their health. They are high in salt, fat, and sugar which puts individuals at greater risk of developing high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity. 

 


 

In honor of Black History Month, BASE10 wanted to spotlight some talented individuals in the food blogging industry. Click here to view "10 Black Food Bloggers to Follow."

Want to discover delicious vegan meal options? Jenné Claiborne of Sweet Potato Soul can point you in the right direction. Interested in learning whose shrimp and grits left Chef Gordon Ramsey in awe? Check out Tanorria Askew of Tanorria’s Table. 

There are a variety of recipes that can spice up your cuisine. 

 


 

References: 

https://food52.com/blog/25348-black-food-bloggers 

https://oldwayspt.org/blog/try-these-african-heritage-food-swaps-black-history-month#:~:text=A%20traditional%20African%20heritage%20diet%20is%20also%20naturally,in%20love%20with%20this%20global%20cuisine’s%20rich%20flavors. 

https://www.mygenefood.com/blog/what-is-nutrigenomics/ 

https://minorityhealth.hhs.gov/omh/browse.aspx?lvl=4&lvlid=19 

https://utswmed.org/medblog/african-americans-heart-disease/ 

 


 

About BASE10 Genetics, Inc.
Located in Chicago, BASE10 is a healthcare software technology company whose platform creates turnkey disease management programs that can be deployed at scale for nursing home operators, pharmacies, payors, and self-funded employers.

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Nutrigenomics
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Black history month
Disparities
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