Periodic Table of Food Initiatives (PTFI)

The Importance of Knowing Your Food

I was honored to be invited to attend the UC Davis MIND institute where I learned about the Periodic Table of Food initiatives (PTFI). PTFI is a project that aims to create a comprehensive database of food ingredients, also known as biomolecules and other macronutrients. The goal of PTFI is to help people better understand the food they eat and how it affects their health.

I was surprised to learn that we only know about 1% of the food ingredients in our diet. This means that there is still a lot we don’t know about how food affects our bodies. PTFI is working to change this by providing democratized tools, data, and training on food comprehension.

Knowing your food is important for a number of reasons. First, it can help you make healthier choices. When you know what’s in your food, you can make more informed decisions about what to eat.

Second, knowing your food can help you improve your recovery. If you’re recovering from an illness or injury, your body needs the right nutrients to heal. By eating a healthy diet, you can give your body the nutrients it needs to recover.

Third, knowing your food can help you prevent chronic diseases. Many chronic diseases, such as heart disease, stroke, and cancer, are linked to poor diet. By eating a healthy diet, you can reduce your risk of developing these diseases.

PTFI is a valuable resource for anyone who wants to learn more about food and its impact on health. The project is still in its early stages, but it has the potential to revolutionize the way we think about food.
If you’re interested in learning more about PTFI, you can visit their website at You can also follow them on social media @periodictableoffood.

Looking forward to learn more about PTFI and their work to make food comprehension more accessible. I believe that this project has the potential to make a real difference in the way we think about food and its impact on our health.

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