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Our Science


Learn how your DNA turns into your 

personal nutrition recommendations


What is DNA?

DNA is the genetic material that carries information about how your body looks and functions. Your genes are specific areas of your DNA that provide instructions for making proteins. Differences in these instructions can result in different proteins, which affects the function of your body’s tissues and organs as well as the way your body processes the food you eat. 


The locations of these differences are often referred to as genetic variants. Genetic variants are distinguished by the difference in a single building block (A, C, T, or G) of DNA. At GenoPalate, we analyze 100+ genetic variants that directly impact how your body processes food. 




Small variants, drastic differences


Just one variant in your genes can lead to drastic differences in the way your body processes food. They influence how you metabolize nutrients and absorb certain vitamins. 


 Our genetic analysis provides you with your unique genetic results for important nutrition related genes. Research has shown positive health outcomes when people with certain genetic makeups consume certain nutrient levels. We use this information to determine your recommended intake of 20+ nutrients. 


An in-depth nutritional analysis


We complete a nutritional analysis of hundreds of foods. We then provide you with those foods that have a nutrition profile that matches best with your genetic-based nutrition recommendations.

Your Genes + Nutritional Science = Your Foods


By combining your genes, 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.



Our Standards

  • 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).

  • 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) “Several type 2 diabetes-associated variants in genes annotated to WNT signaling interact with dietary fiber in relation to incidence of type 2 diabetes”. Hindy G, Mollet IG, Rukh G, Ericson U, Orho-Melander M. Genes Nutr. 2016 Mar 21;11:6. doi: 10.1186/s12263-016-0524-4. eCollection 2016.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27551309


2) “Vitamin D metabolism-related genetic variants, dietary protein intake and improvement of insulin resistance in a 2 year weight-loss trial: POUNDS Lost”. Qi Q, Zheng Y, Huang T, Rood J, Bray GA, Sacks FM, Qi L. Diabetologia. 2015 Dec;58(12):2791-9. doi: 10.1007/s00125-015-3750-1. Epub 2015 Sep 29.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26416604 


3) “The nutrigenetic influence of the interaction between dietary vitamin E and TXN and COMT gene polymorphisms on waist circumference: a case control study”. Mansego ML, De Marco G, Ivorra C, Lopez-Izquierdo R, Morcillo S, Rojo-Martínez G, González-Albert V, Martinez F, Soriguer F, Martín-Escudero JC, Redon J, Chaves FJ.J Transl Med. 2015 Sep 2;13:286. doi: 10.1186/s12967-015-0652-4. 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26329592 



4) “Dietary Fat Intake Modifies the Effect of a Common Variant in the LIPC Gene on Changes in Serum Lipid Concentrations during a Long-Term Weight-Loss Intervention Trial”. Xu M, Ng SS, Bray GA, Ryan DH, Sacks FM, Ning G, Qi L. J Nutr. 2015 Jun;145(6):1289-94. doi: 10.3945/jn.115.212514. Epub 2015 Apr 29.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25926410 


5) “Adiponectin gene variant interacts with fish oil supplementation to influence serum adiponectin in older individuals”. Alsaleh A, Crepostnaia D, Maniou Z, Lewis FJ, Hall WL, Sanders TA, O'Dell SD; MARINA study team. J Nutr. 2013 Jul;143(7):1021-7. doi: 10.3945/jn.112.172585. Epub 2013 May 8.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23658423 


6) “Genetic determinant for amino acid metabolites and changes in body weight and insulin resistance in response to weight-loss diets: the Preventing Overweight Using Novel Dietary Strategies (POUNDS LOST) trial”. Xu M, Qi Q, Liang J, Bray GA, Hu FB, Sacks FM, Qi L. Circulation. 2013 Mar 26;127(12):1283-9. doi: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.112.000586. Epub 2013 Feb 27. 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23446828 


7) “APOA5 genotype modulates 2-y changes in lipid profile in response to weight-loss diet intervention: the Pounds Lost Trial”. Zhang X, Qi Q, Bray GA, Hu FB, Sacks FM, Qi L. Am J Clin Nutr. 2012 Oct;96(4):917-22. Epub 2012 Aug 22. 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22914552 


8) “Weight-loss diets modify glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide receptor rs2287019 genotype effects on changes in body weight, fasting glucose, and insulin resistance: the Preventing Overweight Using Novel Dietary Strategies trial”. Qi Q, Bray GA, Hu FB, Sacks FM, Qi L. Am J Clin Nutr. 2012 Feb;95(2):506-13. doi: 10.3945/ajcn.111.025270. Epub 2012 Jan 11. 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22237064 


9) “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. 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=22782288 



10) “Total zinc intake may modify the glucose-raising effect of a zinc transporter (SLC30A8) variant: a 14-cohort meta-analysis”. Kanoni S, Nettleton JA, Hivert MF, Ye Z, van Rooij FJ, et al, Diabetes. 2011 Sep;60(9):2407-16. doi: 10.2337/db11-0176. Epub 2011 Aug 1. 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21810599

Still Have Questions?

What is the science behind GenoPalate?

We analyze over 100+ genetic markers that influence how your body metabolizes different nutrients. We then combine your genetic results with research on nutritional genomics to determine your recommended intake level for carbohydrates, protein, fat, vitamins and minerals. We base your recommendations on evidence-based research correlating your genetic variants with nutrition that’s shown positive health outcomes. We also provide insights on your sensitivity to lactose and gluten, and your metabolic rate of caffeine and alcohol.

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 collect a saliva sample using a DNA collection swab to gather your DNA information. After purchasing, you will receive a kit with everything you need for the sample collection.

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 and micronutrient (vitamin and mineral) intake. You will also receive “Your Foods” which includes a list of over 85 foods that you may benefit from eating more of, based on your genetic results.

Can this report detect my food allergies?

There are no genetic assays for detecting food allergies through DNA. This is due to food allergies, such as egg, peanut, shellfish, etc., not being caused by genetic variants, but instead caused by live, autoimmune factors. Although some allergies are genetic, they are genetic in the immune system rather than in the actual DNA.

Start Eating For Your Genes Today

Existing DNA
$89.00$39.95

  • Upload your 23andMe or AncestryDNA data

  • The 100+ best foods for you

  • Genetic needs for 23 nutrients

  • Lactose & gluten 

    sensitivity likelihood

More Features

  • Alcohol & caffeine metabolism rate

  • Filter by allergies & preferences

  • Take your foods on the go with the GenoPalate app

Best Value
Existing DNA + 5 Recipes
$129.00$69.95
  • Upload your 23andMe or AncestryDNA data

  • The 100+ best foods for you

  • Genetic needs for 23 nutrients

  • Lactose & gluen sensitivity likelihood

  • Mix & match delicious recipes based on your genes

More Features

  • Alcohol & caffeine metabolism rate

  • Filter by allergies & preferences

  • Take your foods on the go with the GenoPalate app

DNA Kit
$189.00$149.95

  • DNA Analysis in CLIA-certified lab

  • The 100+ best foods for you

  • Genetic needs for 23 nutrients

  • Lactose & gluten

    sensitivity likelihood

More Features

  • Alcohol & caffeine metabolism rate

  • Filter by allergies & preferences

  • Take your foods on the go with the GenoPalate app

DNA Kit + 5 Recipes
$229.00$179.95
  • DNA Analysis in CLIA-certified lab

  • The 100+ best foods for you

  • Genetic needs for 23 nutrients

  • Lactose and gluten sensitivity likelihood

  • Mix & match delicious recipe based on your genes

More Features

  • Alcohol & caffeine metabolism rate

  • Filter by allergies & preferences

  • Take your foods on the go with the GenoPalate app

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