Every body is different!

With so much contradictory and confusing information about nutrition in the media today, you may be asking yourself: "What does a healthy diet look like for me?" You are not alone!  Many people search for the right eating style for years to help them feel their best, without success.  Some of these individuals may know a lot about nutrition, but most don't understand which nutrients their bodies crave or how they are digested.  Knowing about some of these basic nutritional elements can help you make better decisions when changing your diet.

Nutrition 101:

All people need the same basic nutrients in their diets.  These include carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals, and water.  Carbohydrates, fats, and proteins are considered "macronutrients," which are the large molecules that our bodies break apart and use as energy.  We use carbohydrates and fats as fuel sources during rest and exercise, and amino acids from proteins are used to build and repair our tissues after exercise or injury.  Every person needs to consume enough calories in a day from these three macronutrients to keep their bodies and minds running smoothly.  Too few calories in someone's diet could lead to weight loss and malnutrition, but consuming too many calories can lead to weight gain and many adverse health conditions.  Calorie needs will vary based on a person's age, gender, and activity level.

Where do we fall short?

Unfortunately, while most Americans are exceeding the amount of calories they need every day, they are not meeting the minimum recommended amounts of certain nutrients set forth by the USDA.  Although we are living in a society where complications from being overweight or obese are among the leading causes of death and disease, many people are still falling short of recommendations for essential vitamins such as vitamin D, B-complex vitamins, and minerals like calcium or iron.  Most Americans are also not getting enough calories from whole grains or fruits and vegetables.  Over long periods of time, these deficits in the diet can evolve into serious health problems.

Why is choosing a diet difficult?

Most people should strive to consume a diet that is moderate in calories and includes a variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and low-fat dairy products.  Some people, however, may have difficulty digesting and utilizing the nutrients contained within these foods.  Dietary allergies and intolerances have been on the rise in the past few decades, and more people are becoming aware of the need to change their diet to meet their specific needs and ensure that the foods they eat are safe and not causing them harm.

Do any fad diets really work?

The average American today eats a diet that is high in saturated fats, added sugars, refined grains, sodium, and which exceeds their daily energy requirements in the form of calories.  Many people know that they can change the way they eat to lose weight or help them take control of health problems, but are unsure of what they can do to make these changes.  It seems that every month a new fad diet is announced - promising quick and dramatic results - but only after strict adherence to confusing and unrealistic guidelines.  Additionally, many foods have been condemned as being unsuitable for all people, even though they may be safe for many to eat.

Where does GenoPalate come in?

GenoPalate offers a unique approach to changing your diet and your health.  Our genetic test kits will be sent to our laboratory, where your genome will be tested for several genetic markers.  These genetic markers, along with the information you provide about your lifestyle and body measurements, will allow us to generate a comprehensive report about your individual nutrition needs.  We will help you discover which nutrients your body craves the most, which compounds you are able to best digest and utilize, and which foods you may want to avoid, based on your genetic profile.  You are on your way to nourishing your body based on its distinctive needs and building a healthier future!