Improving Nutrition Information Quality with Google AI 

Overview

The intersection of tools in artificial intelligence (AI) with a nearly insatiable public interest for healthier eating is creating challenges, and opportunities, for trusted health information quality. The nutrition and health evidence that current AI tools use to provide information to consumers lacks nutritional nuance, consensus, and accuracy. Ongoing basic standards for elevating particular trusted sources are not keeping up with the breadth, pace, and highly variable quality of nutrition information available nor the growing consumer demand. And AI-based tools cannot solve this dilemma without strategic, effective curation of inputs and testing and validation of outputs. This project, Improving Nutrition Information Quality with Google AI, aims to solve these issues by developing a trusted AI-based tool to deliver the most up-to-date nutritional advice and facts, driven by the expertise of the research team, including multiple registered dietitians.  

Project Aims

Aim 1

Produce a first-in-class AI-based tool to elevate trusted nutrition information and mitigate nutrition misinformation, powered by Palm2 and Tufts FIMI nutrition expertise. 

Aim 2

Generate a conversational response between the end-user and Google AI model to resemble a registered dietitian visit.

Aim 3

Consider how Google AI can generate personalized guidance for different end users and subsequent platforms, including members of the public, healthcare payers and providers, online food retailers, employer wellness plans, life insurance plans, and more. 

Project Details

Principal investigator

Dariush Mozaffarian

Director, Food is Medicine Institute, Distinguished Professor, Jean Mayer Professor of Nutrition, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

Collaborators

Renata Micha 

Associate Professor in Human Nutrition, University of Thessaly

Jennifer Weber

Adjunct Professor, Marymount University

Funder

Google

Timeline

2023 – 2024

Tufts Team

Jeffrey Blumberg 

Professor Emeritus, Food is Medicine Institute, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

Emily Callahan

Director of Strategy and Operations, Nutrition Policy Initiative, Food is Medicine Institute, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

Kirsten Deuman

Manager, Research Translation & Content Development, Food is Medicine Institute, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

Julia Reedy Sharib 

Manager of Research and Communications, Food is Medicine Institute, Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy

Ashton Valdovinos

Research Assistant, Food is Medicine Institute, Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy

Fang Fang Zhang

The Neely Family Professor and Chair of the Division of Nutrition Epidemiology and Data Science, Food is Medicine Institute, Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy