Everybody wants your DNA these days including GenoPalate. Some people feel nervous about giving up their most personal information. And rightfully so.
But if you’re not one of those people and, like me, are fascinated but what your genetics can tell you, read on for this latest innovation in nutritional analysis.
What is GenoPalate?
GenoPalate is a company comprised of a team of biologists and nutritionists specializing in fields such as molecular biology, biochemistry, bioinformatics, and dietetics. The founder, Yi Sherry Zhang, PhD, discovered genetic markers that influenced an individual’s risk for obesity and metabolic syndrome.
That inspired her to create a company full of people passionate about how people’s genes respond to food.
GenoPalate is considered a nutrition DNA test that takes your DNA information, analyzes your genetic markers, and uses a database an advanced algorithm to make personalized nutrition recommendations.
What does GenoPalate need from you?
GenoPalate requires a small DNA sample to process your test kit. You can provide a DNA sample using a cheek swap or you can link your GenoPalate order to an existing DNA sample on file with 23andMe or AncestryDNA.
You make the decision at the time you purchase the kit. If you provide a DNA sample, they send you a kit with everything you need to collect your cheek swab and mail your sample securely.
What kind of information does GenoPalate give you?
Your results arrive in 3-5 weeks (mine took 2-3 weeks) and you’ll be notifed by email that your nutritional profile is available for viewing either through your secure account on their website or on their app. (Personally, I think the app is a better interface with more information that’s easier to access).
Here is some sample data that came from my profile.
If you’ve followed any recent diet, you’re probably aware of tracking your macronutrients. On the app, they show you your recommend macro mix and you can toggle between percentages, calories, and grams. One you start diving in, you can see their top food recommendations for you for fats, proteins, and carbs. Sadly, this breakdown does NOT mean more french fries for me.
The recommended foods are all part of the next personalized section which is your Optimal Foods.
GenoPalate gives you a list of the foods that provide what your body is most in need of base on your genetic profiles.
These foods are broken down into 16 food groups. You can also add in your own preferences like I did (no pork or weird foods).
If you dive into these groups, you’ll find specific recommendations for Best, Great, and Good. Here’s my vegetable example.
Now you might be wondering why these vegetables are so special and what makes them recommended. As you can see, they share how vitamins and minerals are distributed in this food and why that’s important to my needs. That’s all based on the next section which is Vitamins and Minerals.
Vitamins and Minerals
GenoPalate looks for certain genetic markers that indicate how your body might react to certain vitamins and minerals in this section.
Not everything has a genetic indication but for me, they had very specific recommendation on potassium, zinc, vitamins C, D, E, and A. According to GenoPalate, I would want to increase my daily intake of these either through the food recommendations they’ve given me or through a personalized supplement that you can purchase from GenoPalate.
Finally, GenoPalate addresses common sensitivities to things like caffeine, gluten, alcohol, and lactose.
You’ll notice that of these substances, they only found a genetic marker for caffeine sensitivity which would indicate I do NOT have a sensitivity to caffeine. It doesn’t mean that I don’t have any of the other sensitivities. It just means that I don’t have any genetic markers for them.
How much does GenoPalate cost?
If you’re intrigued at this point, you’re probably wondering what this costs. The pricing is on par with may DNA tests and will run you typically from $149 to $189 depending on what specials that have running.
If you have already done a DNA test through 23andMe or AncestryDNA, you can reuse your genetic information and have your report analyzed for $39 to $89, depending on the specials.
Regardless of the pricing you find, you can get 10% off any order when you use my affiliate link and the discount code FADRA.
Video Review of the GenoPalate Nutrition DNA Test
Really Cool Stuff Overview
- Overall rating: A
- Product design: A
- Product quality: A
- Value: B+
It can be a costly product but the cost can be reduced if you’ve already made an investment in another DNA test. As for how valuable the information is, it totally depends on what you do with it!
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