Heali’s app provides personalized nutrition guidance on using food as medicine

Taking control of your health can be complicated, especially when you don’t know where to start or are presented with millions of options.

entry Healis a new startup launching out of the blue with a personalized platform to take the guesswork out of people who want to treat and manage their health conditions using evidence-based nutritional protocols.

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Finding Heali’s recipe. Image Credits: Heal

The company’s co-founder and CEO Kyle Dardashti knows firsthand how difficult it can be to start a nutritional journey. He is the “one” of one of the two Americans suffering from a chronic condition that Dardashti says can be improved through nutrition coaching. He just didn’t know it at the time.

“I’ve had Crohn’s disease since I was 15 years old,” Dardashti told TechCrunch. “It was a fight, and I tried all different kinds of solutions in the pharmaceutical area. I finally figured out that there are some alternative ways to do it.”

After discussing alternative options with her gastrointestinal doctor, Dardashti began a dietary protocol with evidence of the same efficacy as some of the medications she was taking. Dardashti tried it, and after about four months, “felt healthier than I had ever felt.”

Model of medical nutrition

He then began to learn as much as he could about the concept of medical nutrition therapy, which he describes as a method of treating and managing disease through various nutritional protocols. However, Dardashti found the protocols difficult, meaning, she had to become a food scientist to figure out which ingredients worked and which didn’t.

“It takes the joy out of food,” says Dardashti. “What’s clear to me is that we can use technology to do all the analysis so you don’t have to go through that struggle. There are a lot of fad diets that aren’t supported by research, but there are a lot of diets that are clinically backed that patients don’t know. We think it shouldn’t take decades for patients, like me, to learn that diet is an option.

the personal nutrition and supplements market is a person, estimated to be worth $43 billion. For example, we have covered apps like Wellory, Lifesum and Zoe, to name a few.

You’ll find the same features as Heali, such as meal planning and tracking, an in-app scanner for the grocery store, recipes and recommendations. However, Dardashti says what sets Heali apart is its proprietary dietitian-led, scientifically literature-supported comprehensive nutrition guide and personalized meal planning. The app’s scanning option also uses artificial intelligence so a user can scan a restaurant’s menu and get recommendations on which food options are safe.

In addition, among the library of recipes, Heali intentionally included a way to search based on a specific medical condition, health/health goals and dietary preferences. That results in more than 30 different cooking options with the ability to adjust to cultural needs. It also received recognition from the US Centers for Disease Control after in-market testing and clinical trials.

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Heali’s personal nutrition app. Image Credits: Heal

Future growth

When Heali first developed its platform, it focused on 30 chronic conditions, including autoimmune diseases, allergies, neurological conditions and variations of cancer. Now grown in more than 200 conditions, many have their own specific nutritional protocols. Because of its diet engine, Heali is considered the “first clinical grade hyper-personalized nutrition platform that can support medical nutrition therapy at scale,” Dardashti said.

During its beta period, patients with irritable bowel syndrome who participated in a clinical trial of Heali saw a 2.6 times improvement in their quality of life and their symptoms improved 2x over those in the trial. without using Heali.

Heali provides its app through healthcare partnerships, such as the one it has with Boston Heart Diagnostics. It is also offered as a standalone software-as-a-service option, called Heali Intel, for food businesses looking to provide food-as-medicine offerings. The startup is still in its early stages, though Dardashti revealed that Heali has more than 10,000 users today.

Today, the company announced $3 million in seed funding led by Astanor Ventures. Dardashti intends to use the capital to accelerate product development and partnership acquisitions and scale up the commercialization model of medically tailored food propositions. There are also plans to offer a one-on-one health coach offer and to expand the Instacart grocery delivery relationship to include custom kit delivery options.

“I have met many people who do not know that dieting is an option, and I hope that we can use Heali to create a world where food is not the last option, it is the first option,” said Dardashti.

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