DNA is the genetic material that carries information about how your body looks and functions.
Your Genes are specific areas on 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.
Many of our genes are the same, but there are specific locations where our genes differ. These locations are called SNPs, or single nucleotide polymorphisms. SNPs are distinguished by a difference in a single nucleotide (A,C,T,G). These nucleotides are the building blocks of DNA.
At GenoPalate, we analyze 104 SNPs that directly impact how your body processes food.
These small variants in your genes can lead to drastic differences in the way your body processes food. They provide insight into how you metabolize nutrients, absorb certain vitamins, and which nutrients you may need more or less of.
We analyze your genes and provide you with your genotype results. These results show you the single nucleotide differences that make up your SNPs. We then use this information to determine your recommended intake level for 26 important nutrients, your sensitivity to lactose and gluten, and your metabolic rate of caffeine and alcohol.
To provide you with food recommendations, we also complete a nutritional analysis of hundreds of foods. Your genetic profile is compared with the nutrient composition of foods in an analysis involving millions of nutritional variables.
Your Genes + Nutritional Science = Your Foods
By combining your genotype results, nutrition recommendations and the nutrient composition of foods, we are able to provide you with a comprehensive list of foods that all have the highest amount of the nutrients that benefit you most.
We only apply evidence-based research from high-impact clinical trials and population studies that directly link positive health outcomes with nutritional genomics.
Our lab is certified by Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA), that regulate and ensure quality laboratory testing certified by the state and Center for Medicare and Medicaid services (CMS).
Our DNA collection process uses the first and only FDA cleared saliva-based DNA collection device.
Your privacy is our priority. Your data is completely de-identified and encrypted in our database and is carefully disposed of by our lab after it has been used to generate your report.
Explore Some of Our Research ➕
1) “The association of SNP276G>T at adiponectin gene with insulin resistance and circulating adiponectin in response to two different hypocaloric diets”. de Luis DA, Izaola O, Primo D, Aller R, Ortola A, Gómez E, Lopez JJ. Diabetes Res Clin Pract. 2018 Mar;137:93-99. doi: 10.1016/j.diabres.2018.01.003. Epub 2018 Jan 8.
2) “Polymorphisms in candidate obesity genes and their interaction with dietary intake of n-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids affect obesity risk in a sub-sample of the EPIC-Heidelberg cohort”. Nieters A, Becker N, Linseisen J. Eur J Nutr. 2002 Oct;41(5):210-21.
3) “Common genetic determinants of vitamin D insufficiency: a genome-wide association study”. Wang TJ, Zhang F, Richards JB, Kestenbaum B Lancet. 2010 Jul 17;376(9736):180-8. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(10)60588-0. Epub 2010 Jun 10.
4) “Dietary fiber intake modulates the association between variants in TCF7L2 and weight loss during a lifestyle intervention”. Heni M, Herzberg-Schäfer S, Machicao F, Häring HU Diabetes Care 2012 Mar;35(3):e24. doi: 10.2337/dc11-2012.
5) “Analyses of single nucleotide polymorphisms in selected nutrient-sensitive genes in weight-regain prevention: the DIOGENES study”. Larsen LH, Angquist L, Vimaleswaran KS, Hager J, Am J Clin Nutr 2012 May;95(5):1254-60. doi: 10.3945/ajcn.111.016543. Epub 2012 Apr 4.
6) “Role of TCF7L2 risk variant and dietary fibre intake on incident type 2 diabetes”. Hindy G, Sonestedt E, Ericson U, Jing XJ, Diabetologia 2012 Oct;55(10):2646-2654. doi: 10.1007/s00125-012-2634-x. Epub 2012 Jul 11.
7) “Associations of the FTO rs9939609 and the MC4R rs17782313 polymorphisms with type 2 diabetes are modulated by diet, being higher when adherence to the Mediterranean diet pattern is low”. Ortega-Azorín C, Sorlí JV, Asensio EM, Coltell O Cardiovasc Diabetol 012 Nov 6;11:137. doi: 10.1186/1475-2840-11-137
8) “Novel locus including FGF21 is associated with dietary macronutrient intake”. Chu AY, Workalemahu T, Paynter NP, Rose LM, Hum Mol Genet. 2013 May 1;22(9):1895-902. doi: 10.1093/hmg/ddt032. Epub 2013 Jan 30
9) “A genetic risk tool for obesity predisposition assessment and personalized nutrition implementation based on macronutrient intake”. Goni L, Cuervo M, Milagro FI, Martínez JA. Genes Nutr 2015 Jan;10(1):445. doi: 10.1007/s12263-014-0445-z. Epub 2014 Nov 28
10) “Linkage and association analysis of obesity traits reveals novel loci and interactions with dietary n-3 fatty acids in an Alaska Native (Yup'ik) population”. Vaughan LK, Wiener HW, Aslibekyan S, Allison DB, Metabolism 2015 Jun;64(6):689-97. doi: 10.1016/j.metabol.2015.02.008. Epub 2015 Mar 5
Meet Our Scientists
Sherry Zhang Ph.D
Paul Auer Ph.D
Rajni Nigam MS, MBA
Kayla Droessler MS,RD,CD
Director of Nutritional Science
Matt Edwards RD, CSP, CD
Director of Nutritional Science
Still have Questions?
What is the science behind GenoPalate? +
GenoPalate helps you Eat for Your Genes. We analyze 100+ genetic markers that determine your specific needs for 26 vital nutrients such as carbohydrates, vitamin D, and sodium. Then we combine your genetic results with millions of nutritional variables to recommend the foods you should eat more of. Your report includes your genetic results, what they mean, and a personalized list of the 60+ foods that benefit you most. Start eating healthier, based on you.
How do you connect my genes and nutrition recommendations? +
GenoPalate uses evidence-based research from high-impact clinical trials and studies of nutritional and health outcomes genomics to form our recommendations. From these scientific conclusions, we recommend the foods that have the highest amount of nutrients that your genotypes have shown to benefit from.
What is a genotype? +
You have two copies of each gene, one from your mom and one from your dad. Your genotype refers to the two nucleotides (A, C, G, or T) found at the same location on each copy of a gene.
What is the process for providing my DNA information? +
We only collect a saliva sample to gather your DNA information. You will receive a kit with a test tube for the sample collection. We provide clear and simple instructions to assist you in this process.
What happens to my sample at the lab? +
Our lab, which is certified by the Clinical Laboratory Information Amendment (CLIA), extracts the DNA from your saliva. Your DNA then goes onto what’s called a microarray. This array reveals your genotype for nutrition-related biomarkers, which we analyze in order to get your personal nutrition recommendations.
What nutritional insights will the report provide me? +
Your GenoPalate report will provide insights into your recommended macronutrient (carbohydrates, protein and fat) intake level and micronutrient (vitamins and minerals) intake level. You also receive “Your Foods” which includes a list of over 60 foods that you would benefit from eating more of based on your genetic results.
Do you test for allergies or food sensitivities? +
Genopalate does not provide any medical information or a diagnosis. We share information about sensitivities you may have to gluten and lactose, based on your genes.