"Let food be your medicine..."
You've likely heard the 2,000 year old quote attributed to Hippocrates, the father of medicine: "Let food be your medicine, and medicine be your food". Modern science backs him up.
What you eat & drink is the single biggest factor in your risk of developing (or avoiding) heart disease, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, certain cancers, and other non-communicable chronic diseases.
Your diet also plays a direct role in supporting your immune health and the health of your intestinal microbiome -- which in turn have broad impacts on your overall physical and mental health.
Reducing chronic disease risk
While most apps track your overall fat and carbohydrate intake, only Fuelbetter tracks individual fat and carbohydrate fractions that are most linked to your non-communicable disease risk.
These nutrient fractions include long-chain saturated fats (the fraction of saturated fats which most increases your risk of heart disease), added or liberated sugars (over-consumption of which increases your risk of heart disease and developing type 2 diabetes), monounsaturated fat fractions (linked to an increase in "good" HDL cholesterol), and each of the three key omega-3 fatty acids (ALA, DHA, and EPA, which consumed in food form help lower inflammatory markers and chronic disease risk).
But that's not all. Fuelbetter tracks your intake of fiber, as well as 68 phytonutrients -- bioactive substances found in plants -- shown to be beneficial to health, including reducing chonic disease risk.
Microbiome & immune support
All of the essential vitamins & minerals (including the 26 tracked by Fuelbetter) are directly or indirectly involved in the healthy function your immune system. You don't need mega-doses of one or two. You need all of them, in the right amounts. Fuelbetter gives you visibility into exactly what you're missing, and how to fix any gaps.
Fuelbetter goes even further -- helping you track the phytonutrients & resistant carbohydrates that are critical for supporting a healthy, diverse intestinal microbiome -- which science now shows is important to the robust functioning of your immune system, your metabolism, and even your mental health.
Resistant carbohydrates (RCs): fiber, lignin, and resistant starch. Scientists used to think that the carbohydrates not fully broken down by enzymes and absorbed in the small intestines -- including fiber, lignin, and resistant starch -- were important just to help keep you "regular". They now know their most important role is to feed the trillions of microbes living in your small and large intestines. The more diverse your microbiome the better -- and since different microbes thrive on different kinds of resistant carbohydrates, the more diverse your intake of RCs the better. Unfortunately, food databases don't (yet) accurately track the dozens of different kinds of RCs important to the microbiome. So how do you know if you're getting sufficient RC diversity? The answer: since different phytonutrients are correlated with different RCs, you can hit your RC diversity intake goal -- and thus microbiome health goal -- by maximizng the diversity of your phytonutrient intake.
Phytonutrients. Fuelbetter tracks 68 phytonutrients for you. Why? First, different phytonutrients are correlated with different kinds of RCs in whole foods, and thus help you diversify your RC intake. Second, the phytonutrients tracked have beneficial health impacts in their own right -- either because they also feed important gut microbes, or because they (or they by-products) are absorbed into your body where they exert beneficial roles in various physiological processes.