Everyone is unique when it comes to how their body uses vitamins, minerals, carbs, and protein. The right diet for your friend may not be the one best suited to you.

Let me give you an example of Diet / Gene Interaction:
The American Cancer Society made headlines a couple of years ago by announcing that eating processed meat causes colon cancer.  When you dig into the science a little more, though, it turns out that people who carry the risk allele for the GA/TA3 gene (involved in inflammation) are at a higher risk of colon cancer with higher processed meat consumption. Those without the risk allele (60% of Caucasians and 90% of Asians) are not at an increased risk of colon cancer with meat consumption.  (Read the whole article)


Recent articles on Diet / Gene Interactions:

CBS Genetic Variants: Should you eat a low sulfur diet? - Sometimes when you are getting started with learning about a new topic, such as genetics and the methylation cycle, it is easy to jump on board with whatever is being parroted by the experts who Read more…
Is fasting right for your genes? - There are many internet docs and nutritional gurus promoting fasting as a way to lose weight and get healthy. The recommendations are often for intermittent fasting, for example, a 24-hour fast every week, or sometimes for Read more…
The cheese effect and your genes. - Subtitled: Let’s all try not to have a heart attack this Christmas! Let me set the scene: You’re gathered ’round on Christmas Eve for a get together with all of your family, having traveled from far and Read more…
Mediterranean Diet and Your Genes - This website is all about how your genes make a difference in your body’s response to dietary choices.  Some people are awesome at breaking down dietary carbohydrates; others are champs at converting carrots into vitamin Read more…
Turning up the internal heat for weight loss- UCP1 genetic variants - The dream for overweight people: just turn up the internal heat and naturally burn off the extra fat. It turns out that genetically some people do have more active ‘internal heat’ and they actually are burning Read more…
Should I Take Aspirin to Prevent Heart Disease? - Everyone knows that aspirin protects against heart disease, right? Well, it turns out that aspirin may only protect some people from heart disease, and for others, it can actually slightly increase the risk of heart disease. Read more…
Vitamin K: CYP4F2 and VKOR Genetic Variants - Vitamin K1 is a fat-soluble vitamin that is needed by our bodies to synthesize the proteins responsible for blood coagulation.  Without vitamin K1, also known as phylloquinone, bleeding is hard to control.  We get vitamin K1 Read more…
Your Drinking Genes: How well does your body break down alcohol? - Alcohol…  People have been imbibing beer and wine for millennia, enjoying alcohol ever since someone discovered the altered sensations from fermented fruits and grains.  Archeologists recently announced the discovery of an Egyptian brewery from the time Read more…
A gene variant that leads to increased sweets consumption and decreased fat (Patreon post) - Is it possible to eat more sweets and have a decrease in fat? A new study recently published in the journal Cell shows a genetic link to having a sweet tooth, but this sweet tooth gene Read more…
Are you at a higher risk for diabetes? Check your TCFL72 variants - Type-2 diabetes affects about 9% of the US population and millions other world-wide. In those over age 65, one in four people has type-2 diabetes. While the overall numbers are a bit staggering, it is Read more…
Meat consumption, colon cancer, and your genes - The link between colon cancer and meat consumption has been trumpeted by vegetarians and refuted by paleo fanatics. My question, as usual, is: “What role does genetics play?” The World Health Organization includes processed meat Read more…
Weight Loss: Optimizing your diet based on your genes - Diet gurus, talking heads on TV, government food pyramids, and your friend who lost 20 pounds… What do they all have in common?  They all know the perfect diet that will whip you into shape Read more…
Salt and High Blood pressure: Genes Make a Difference (Patrons only) - Salt: Is it good for you? Or is it putting you at risk of high blood pressure? There is an interesting new book out by Dr. James DiNicolantonio called The Salt Fix that makes the Read more…
Why Allegra may not work as well for you: genetics of ABCB1 proteins (Patrons only) - Ever wonder why a certain medication may work great for a friend and do nothing for you?  One reason could be your genes. Let’s take fexofenadine (Allegra) for example.  You have watery eyes and a Read more…
Biohacks – Experiments and Optimizations Based on My Genetics - After three years of digging into genetics and learning all that I can about my genes, I wanted to get a little personal and share a few things that have worked for me. I would Read more…
Intriguing Genes: Do you taste what I taste? - Ever wonder why some people don’t like Brussel sprouts or strong, dark coffee?  I love a good, dark roast, cup of coffee, and Brussel sprouts and cabbage taste great.  It turns out that I can’t taste the Read more…
Lactose Intolerance: The genetics of not producing lactase - Are you a milk drinker? Does pouring a cold glass of milk sounds good? Your genes control whether you are likely to produce lactase as an adult, and it is easy to check your 23andMe or Read more…
Intriguing Genes: Differences in how we smell things - Learning about genetics has given me a new perspective on so many different subjects.  For example, seeing first-hand how much of a difference the right vitamins and minerals make in a person’s mood due to changes Read more…
Digesting Carbohydrates: Amylase variants - Carbohydrate digestion begins in the mouth with an enzyme called amylase.  Saliva mixes with your food as you chew it, and the amylase in saliva begins breaking down carbohydrates into simple sugars.  Amylase is also Read more…
Increased Inflammation and IL-17A Genetic Variants - Articles about ‘inflammation’ seem to be everywhere these days, and inflammation seems to be blamed for everything from heart disease to mood disorders to obesity. But how does this somewhat nebulous idea of too much Read more…
Color TV has made us fat: melatonin, genetics, and light at night - Color TV has made us fat! Nope, not just because of the commercials advertising Taco Bell at night nor the fact that we are laying on our couches watching those commercials.  The flickering blue light Read more…
MTHFR Coffee with Eggs and Kale for Breakfast - Quick post this morning to recommend a good podcast to anyone looking into MTHFR variants.  Chris Masterjohn put out a well balanced and well-researched podcast a few weeks ago titled Living with MTHFR.  For those Read more…
Saturated Fat and Your Genes - There has been a decades-long debate about which type of fat is best: saturated fat or polyunsaturated fat. Those in the paleo and ketogenic world are quick to tout the benefits of saturated fat; the Read more…
Too much of a good thing: Mushrooms intolerance and your genes - I love mushrooms and can eat them in abundance – especially sauteed in a little butter with some salt sprinkled on them!  Yum!  So I was fascinated to read a study that linked mushrooms, a certain Read more…
Carbohydrate metabolism: Your genes play a role in insulin and blood glucose levels - Sometimes the things that everyone seems to accept as gospel don’t always hold true when researchers actually look into them, especially in regards to nutrition. Take the glycemic index for example: Around since the 1980’s, Read more…
Interaction between high fat diet, blood pressure, and your genes - Wondering if you should cut down on red meat and fat to lower your blood pressure? According to a new study, it could depend on your genes. A recent study in the Journal of the Read more…
Building Up Iron: Check your genes to see how iron affects your health - Hemochromatosis is a fairly common genetic disease that causes iron to build up in the body. Knowing that you carry the genetic variants for hemochromatosis can literally add years to your life since you can Read more…
Vitamin C Levels and Your Genes - As the weather here turns colder, thoughts turn to preventing colds and the flu.  My “go to” method of preventing sickness has always been by loading up on vitamin C, even though recent studies haven’t Read more…
Medium chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase deficiency - Medium-chain acyl-COA dehydrogenase (MCAD) deficiency is an “inborn error of metabolism” in which there is an impaired ability to break down medium-chain fatty acids.  In a nutshell, the body can use either glucose (through glycolysis) Read more…
Your need for riboflavin (B2): MTHFR and other genetic variants - Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) is a water-soluble vitamin that is a cofactor for many enzymes in the body.  To put it in simpler terms: riboflavin is vitally important! Riboflavin is a ribose sugar bound to a Read more…
Genetics of Biotin Deficiency - Biotin, also known as vitamin B7 or vitamin H, is a cofactor which aids in the metabolism of fats, carbohydrates, and proteins.  Biotin deficiency due to diet is pretty rare, but eating raw egg whites Read more…
Adiponectin levels, food choices, and genetics - Adiponectin, a hormone discovered in the 1990’s, is secreted by adipose (fat) tissue.  It is an anti-inflammatory protein, protective against the effects of low-grade inflammation that are associated with obesity. Although it is made in adipose tissue, Read more…
Ancestral Diet: Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fatty Acids - Butter will give you a heart attack! Only cook with Crisco  vegetable oil  canola oil   olive oil.  Wait — everyone is switching back to saturated fats. Olive oil, grapeseed oil, avocado oil,  — cold expeller pressed, extra Read more…
MTHFR C677T: Not All Bad! - Much has been written about the MTHFR C677T variant, with websites and facebook groups named after it and proclaiming doom for all who have it.  This was actually one of the first variants that I Read more…
Diabetes and your genes – TCF7L2 snp - See my previous article on Type 2 Diabetes for other SNPs associated with the condition. A new study came out this week on a genetic polymorphism and its association with diabetes.  I think it is important if Read more…
Green Smoothie Genes for Oxalates Green Smoothie Genes – Oxalates in Your Diet - Green smoothies have been a health fad for quite a while now. Most people rave about the health benefits of sneaking lots of spinach and other leafy greens into a delicious tasting smoothie. But not Read more…
Adiponectin levels, glucose regulation, and your genes - Adiponectin, a hormone secreted from adipose (fat) tissue, is involved in glucose regulation.  Studies show that low levels of adiponectin correlate with insulin resistance and diabetes.  Interestingly, although adiponectin is secreted from adipose tissue, levels Read more…
MTHFR Polymorphisms – Beyond 677 - Going beyond MTHFR 677 and 1298 If you are just getting started with researching your MTHFR polymorphisms, you may want to start with some background information.  I have a list of resources on the MTHFR Read more…
Coffee: Is it right for your genes? - Coffee — is it good or bad for you? Coffee is one of the most popular drinks in the world, second only to tea! It is sometimes controversial due to its caffeine content. Large, population-wide studies Read more…
Low Histamine Salsa Recipe - Salsa without tomatoes?  Yes!  Here is a quick recipe for a low histamine salsa using roasted red peppers instead of tomatoes. Low Histamine Salsa Roasted red peppers (2) 1/2 onion, diced 1/2 fresh red or Read more…
Histamine Intolerance & Genetics: Check Your 23andMe Raw Data - Histamine is a molecule that plays many roles in the body. It is involved in allergic reactions, plays a role in our immune defense system, acts as a vasodilator, and is a neurotransmitter.  While most Read more…
Low Histamine Smoothie Bowl -   Trying to eat a low histamine diet can quickly become boring!  Here is a recipe for a smoothie bowl that I like as quick breakfast.  Somehow making the smoothie a little thicker and eating Read more…
Fruit and Veggie Diets – Effect of GSTM1 - Your mom always said to eat your veggies.  Turns out that she may be right!  Of course, there are genetic factors involved that influence how your body responds.  Some of us may need to eat more Read more…
How Well Do You Convert Beta-Carotene to Vitamin A? - Everyone knows that carrots and sweet potatoes are great sources of vitamin A, right? Well…  it turns out it isn’t that straightforward for everyone. The beta-carotene in orange fruits and vegetables has to be converted Read more…


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