Formulate diets that best match individuals' bodily functions.
What does a Nutritional Chemist do?
A Nutritional Chemist explores the biochemistry of the body in conjunction with food. The body’s biochemistry impacts a variety of internal systems, such as metabolism, immunity, and hormone regulation. A Nutritional Chemist analyzes the role of food in each of these systems.
As a Nutritional Chemist, you rely on your background in chemistry, biology, nutrition, and mathematics to help people understand how their body functions. Working hand in hand with Physicians, Nutritionists, and researchers, you evaluate the body as a whole to identify better or safer treatment options.
For example, when a cancer patient begins treatment, you might analyze the patient’s body chemistry to evaluate how all of the internal systems are functioning. Through a series of tests, you determine that carbohydrates negatively impact the patient’s immune system function and thyroid activity. Knowing that this is essential to overall treatment success, you recommend that the patient avoid all carbohydrates before and during treatment.
An analytical mind is invaluable for a Nutritional Chemist, as you must think from a big-picture perspective. Evaluating the entire body in conjunction with the food that is eaten is no small task. The ability to break the large, complex body into smaller, more manageable individual systems is necessary. Focus and attention to detail are also important, as one mistake or oversight could negate all the progress you make.
You have the potential to save lives in an often-overlooked medical and scientific position, and that provides the drive and excitement to continue what you’re doing. If you have a thirst for knowledge and a love of science and food, working as a Nutritional Chemist might be perfect for you.