Heali’s food-as-medicine platform to improve nutrition and food access for consumers and businesses

As the food-as-medicine movement continues to shape nutrition and access to food for Americans living with chronic disease, Heali serves as a platform to support medical nutrition therapy for both consumers and businesses, Kyle Dardashchi, Founder and CEO of Heali, explained to FoodNavigator-USA.

The platform, Heali Intel, includes millions of food products and recipes that are analyzed by AI and peer-reviewed medical findings to create personalized dietary recommendations that address over 200 chronic conditions, including diabetes, allergies, autoimmune issues and gastrointestinal problems. As the company grows, Heali intends to add food delivery options directly from the app and invest in future partnerships.

Along with its seed funding, the food tech company brought its practices into compliance with the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) health standards and guidelines, earning recognition from the agency. While the service is still in beta, Heali intends to offer one-on-one health coaching recognized by the CDC.

Streamlining access to food as medicine

Through the app, users can select their specific health conditions and be connected to nutritional plans that can help mitigate or manage those conditions based on a database of peer-reviewed research.

“[Heali] uses clinical-grade AI to deliver personalized and evidence-based nutrition plans. … Consumers are able to easily learn which foods work for their nutritional goals and which do not, and why,” explained Dardashti.

For businesses, Heali Intel offers a stand-alone SaaS solution providing the infrastructure for food service providers, manufacturers and food delivery services to transition to food-as-medicine. The platform analyzes nutrition information to verify more than 350 regulated claims, including the Nutrition Facts Panel, Ingredient Statement, Allergen Claims, Nutrient Content Claims, FDA Approved Health Claims, Structure Function Claims, EU, medically appropriate foods and Medicaid / Medicare requirements.

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