How To Use Your Genetic Code To Optimize Your Nutrition
Using key markers in your genetic code to predict which foods will optimize your nutrition.
Their genetic code analysis is also broken down into how your body responds to nutritional food groups like fats, protein, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals.
I had my genetic code analyzed by 23andme.com a few years ago to check my genetic ancestry. Recently I received an email from Genopalate. In the email it stated Genopalate could use my genetic code analysis from 23andme to create a nutritional profile based on my genetic code.
The Genopalate report, will according to their website, unlock the secret to healthy eating, based on my genetic profile. By reading their report, I will determine my body’s ideal intake of protein, carbohydrates, fats and vitamins. Match up those determinations with a list of foods that best match with nutritional recommendations.
To which I answered, “Heck Yeah.”
I already had my DNA analyzed and stored at 23andme. Genopalate allows people who have their DNA data at either 23andMe or AncestryDNA, the ability to upload their data.
I ordered the Existing DNA package, see pricing tiers below, for $39.95
In order to get a copy of your genetic code, I had to sign a release to allow the vendor, in my case 23andme, to email me a link to download my DNA data. The link came very quickly, within hours of submitting my request. I downloaded my data, and then uploaded the file to the Genopalate website.
Three days after I uploaded my DNA data to Genopalate my report was ready and available for download.
From a pure science geek point of view, (yes, I am one of those) this is a gold mine of information. For all the non-science geek type people, you can skip your genome information provided and focus on the recommendations for all the major food groups. The recommendations are on the right, while the left side of the page details your genetic code for that food group. Below is a sample page of my carbohydrate profile.
This is also called the “Fatso” gene because it strongly correlates with obesity, diabetes and high BMI. The best variant to have on the FTO gene is the TT variant. The next is AT followed by AA. Studies have shown that the AT and AA variants consume between 500 to 1250 KJ (approximately 120 to 300 calories) more than those individuals that carry the protective TT variant. [Source]
From my carbohydrate page above, you can see I have the AT variant. All is not lost, Dr. Sara Gottfried, believes you can turn off this gene with regular exercise and a low carbohydrate diet.
This seems a pretty general recommendation. I could only imagine someone with digestive issues not benefitting from high fiber.
This recommendation is a home run for me. I have been fighting high blood glucose for many years. It’s an issue. I’m glad GenoPalate was able to pick up on this. However, the result section, was to me, a bit confusing.
“We detected a variant that is linked to lower fasting glucose levels on a low sugar intake. We recommend limiting your sugar intake to obtain this benefit.”
I think a better result may be something like. “We detected a variant that is linked with higher fasting glucose levels. Therefore, we recommend limiting your sugar intake to moderate your glucose levels.” But maybe that’s just me.
My report was 19 pages long. I don’t want to bore you by going through my report page by page. Your personal report will be exciting to read, mine not so much. If you’re interested in viewing what a complete report looks like, you can order a sample report from Genopalate website.
All reports have basic information on DNA, and personalized recommendations for various foods. The heart of the report are the pages that list your genes on the left with their interpretation and recommendations on the right, like the page shown above on carbohydrates.
In addition to the detailed page on Carbohydrates, there are similar pages that detail Fats, Protein, Minerals, Vitamins and Substances (caffeine and Alcohol).
Full Disclosure: I am not in any way financially associated with, or financially benefiting in any way, from GenoPalate.
There are several pricing tiers available, depending upon how extensive a report you want Genopalate to create.
This is their lowest priced tier, which at the time of this writing is $39.00. For this sum you will receive a report that lists:
- Your genetic needs for 23 nutrients.
- The best foods for you to consume
- Likelihood of gluten and lactose sensitivity
- Alcohol and caffeine metabolism rate
Existing DNA + 5 Recipes
Price at the time of this writing is $79.00
- Everything above
- Five recipes, breakfast, lunch and dinner
Price at the time of this writing is $149.00
- DNA analysis
- Existing DNA — shown above.
DNA Kit +5 Recipes
Price at the time of this writing is $189.00
- DNA analysis
- Existing DNA +5 Recipes
GenoPalate plans to expand the tests they have available. Currently their tests can not detect food allergies. I would be interested to see if there are genes associated with nut or shellfish allergies. Maybe in the future.
I purchased the Existing DNA option. I am satisfied with the report I received. While I have had my GenoPalate report for over a week, I still haven’t teased out all the information available to me in the report. You can spend much time digging through your genome if you like, or just run with Genopalate’s recommendations.