Authors: Anna Walls, Peggy Borum Ph.D.
Faculty Mentor: Peggy Borum Ph.D.
College: College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
The research conducted in Dr. Peggy Borum’s lab at the University of Florida is focused on Precision Ketogenic Therapy (PKT) as a treatment for epilepsy. PKT uses low carbohydrate, personalized recipes to provide the nutrient requirements of the patient with foods preferred by that individual. Many patients on PKT have experienced decreased seizure load, and it is thought that PKT has the possibility to help other patients in clinics across the country. Clinicians and patients considering PKT often have two main concerns; PKT recipes are too time consuming to create, and the diet itself is too restrictive and boring to maintain long-term. To address these two concerns, two cookbooks were created: a 2.5:1 ratio cookbook and 4:1 ratio cookbook. These cookbooks display diversity in ingredients with the incorporation of 17 different USDA food groups. They can also be used by both clinicians and families to simplify the process of meal making. As precision medicine takes on a larger role in the future of patient care, a tool such as the PKT cookbook is important because it addresses the concerns of patients and clinicians while still providing the precision that is critical to patient care.