Can A DNA Test Really Tell You How To Eat?
Paleo. Vegan. Mediterranean.
The list goes on and on of diets that promise effortless weight loss, glowing skin and energy levels that are off the charts.
Perhaps you’ve heard of some of them or tried them all.
And perhaps the results have fallen short.
The problem isn’t the diet itself. The problem lies with the common belief that nutrition is a one-size-fits-all proposition.
In order to harness the power of food as medicine and prevention, you want to eat in a way that is customized to your unique body chemistry and genetic makeup.
The connection between your genes and your food
Science has proven that genes and nutrition interact.
Research continues to explore the health connection between our family tree, our genes, and what and how we eat. Even when we examine the nutritional science that does not include gene-based nutrition, we know a one-size-fits-all approach to nutrition doesn’t work.
For example, research has shown that the distribution of carbohydrates, proteins and fats does not ultimately determine how successful a person will be in reaching their health goals. Based on a person’s genetic makeup, a high-fat, low-carb nutrition plan may be the way to weight loss or balanced cholesterol. For another, a high-carb, low-fat nutrition plan may do the trick.
The science of genetic-based nutrition
DNA is the genetic material that carries the information that determines how your body looks and functions. Your genes are specific regions of your DNA that provide your body with instructions. These instructions affect the function of your body’s tissues and organs. They also affect the way your body processes the food you eat.
There are specific locations where our genes differ. These locations are called variants or, as scientists like to call them, SNPs (single nucleotide polymorphisms). These variants are distinguished by a difference in a single nucleotide (A,C,T,G). These nucleotides are the building blocks of DNA.
Using a saliva sample, which contains your DNA, we perform what is called a “microarray” test. DNA microarrays are microscope slides that are printed with thousands of tiny spots in defined positions, with each spot containing a known DNA sequence or gene.
The DNA molecules that attach to each spot act as probes—allowing only the corresponding variants from your DNA sample to bind to them. Each spot corresponds to a different genetic variant. Variants map the locations of your DNA which tend to vary from person to person.
At GenoPalate, we analyze 100+ genetic variants that directly impact how your body processes food. This type of genetic-based testing allows the smallest differences in your body to be realized. These small variants in your genes influence how you metabolize nutrients and absorb certain vitamins.
Each variant GenoPalate analyzes is correlated with metabolic health outcomes and nutrition interventions.
How your DNA turns into your personal nutrition roadmap
Our genetic analysis will provide you with a roadmap for the foods and nutrients you should be consuming for optimal health. We combine your genetic results with research on nutritional genomics to determine your recommended intake level for carbohydrates, protein, fat, vitamins and minerals.
To form our recommendations, we use research from high-impact clinical trials and population studies that link positive health outcomes with nutritional genomics. Simply put, these studies correlate your genetics to the nutrients you may need more or less of in order to experience health benefits.
From these scientific conclusions, we recommend the foods that have the highest amount of nutrients that your genetics shows to benefit from. We do this by comparing your gene-based nutrition profile to the nutrient profile of the hundreds of foods in our food database.
We can also provide insights on your sensitivity to lactose and gluten and your metabolic rate of caffeine and alcohol.
Why should you eat for your genes?
Take control of your health
Knowing which foods are the right match for your unique biology provides clarity and eliminates confusion. This knowledge could prevent or improve health risks including elevated blood sugar, high triglycerides, abnormal lipids, obesity and elevated blood pressure. Instead of a frustrating trial-and-error approach to your nutrition, you’ll know exactly what your body needs for optimal health.
Make smarter, stress-free decisions
With your personalized report and shopping list in hand, making food choices while you’re meal planning, grocery shopping, cooking, dining out or attending a party will become easier.
Feel better about yourself
When you eat for your genes, you’ll feel empowered to take an active role in your health. You’ll start feeling better. And you’ll know that you are taking proactive steps to protect your health—and the health of your loved ones.
A nutrition-based DNA test is customized to you
Personalized nutrition science is just starting to make its way into the marketplace, our doctor’s offices and onto our plates.
But even though the concept is new, the current science can help you use your genetic information to understand which foods will support your health. Research has shown positive health outcomes when people with certain genotypes consume certain nutrient levels.
By combining your genotype results, nutrition recommendations and the nutrient composition of foods, you’ll know how to eat for your genes.