Diet / Gene Interactions

Everyone is unique when it comes to how their body uses different vitamins, minerals, carbs, fats, and proteins.

Your genetic variants may make it hard for your body to use certain foods — and knowing about these dietary interactions can help you know which foods to add to your diet.

The right diet for your friend may not be the one best suited to you.

Recent articles on Diet / Gene Interactions:

Does eating meat put you at a higher risk for colon cancer? - Recent headlines have touted that meat consumption causes colon cancer. This, of course, has set off Twitter wars between meat ... Read more
Will Aspirin Prevent Heart Disease? - Many people take a baby aspirin every day to prevent heart disease. This is based on large-scale group studies that ... Read more
Topic Summary Reports - Reports included in Membership: All of the reports below are available to Genetic Lifehacks Members – and new reports will ... Read more
histamine intolerance genetics Histamine Intolerance & Genetics: Check Your 23andMe Raw Data - When your body has too much histamine, it can cause symptoms known as histamine intolerance. This can be due to ... Read more
Taste Receptors: Bitter, sweet, and much more - Ever wonder why some people don’t like Brussel sprouts or strong, dark coffee?  Others love a good, dark roast, cup ... 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. Knowledge is power here. ... Read more
Gallstone Genes - Gallstones are not something you usually think about — until something goes wrong.  And then you think about them a ... Read more
Genetics of Biotin Deficiency - Biotin, also known as vitamin B7 or vitamin H, is a cofactor that aids in the metabolism of fats, carbohydrates, ... Read more
How natural supplements can change circadian gene expression - Did you know that some supplements change the expression of your core circadian clock genes? Your core circadian rhythm genes ... Read more
Snips about SNPs: Taste Receptors - Do you love dark chocolate and coffee? Both of them have bitter flavors that some people can taste – and ... 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 ... Read more
BChE – Pesticides, Parkinson’s, and Potatoes - The BCHE gene codes for the butyrylcholinesterase enzyme. The BChE enzyme is found in the plasma of the blood. It ... Read more
Mushroom intolerance genes Mushroom intolerance and your genes - I love mushrooms and can eat them in abundance. But I know a lot of people dislike mushrooms – perhaps ... 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 off more energy all the time.
Vitamin K: CYP4F2 and VKORC1 Genetic Variants - Vitamin K1 is a fat-soluble vitamin that is needed by our bodies to synthesize the proteins responsible for blood coagulation.  ... Read more
FGF21 Gene Variant: Increased Sweet Consumption - Is it possible to eat more sweets and have a decrease in fat? A new study recently published in the ... 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 of people worldwide. For the over 65 crowd, the ... Read more
Hacking BDNF for weight loss - Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is a fascinating growth hormone that performs many functions in our brain. Its involvement helps to ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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, ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... Read more
Saturated Fat and Your Genes - There has been a decades-long debate about which type of fat is best: saturated fat vs polyunsaturated fat. Those in ... 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, ... 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 ... Read more
Emulsifiers in Processed Foods: Your genes and your microbiome - Our genes and our environment both contribute to our gut microbiome, allowing some species to flourish and keeping others away. ... Read more
Vitamin C and Your Genes - Like most nutrients, our genes play a role in how vitamin C is absorbed, transported, and used by the body.  ... Read more
Medium chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase deficiency - Does your blood sugar crash when you don’t eat for a day? Do you find that coconut oil in your ... 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 ... Read more
MTHFR C677T: Benefits of this mutation - Much has been written about the MTHFR C677T variant, with websites and Facebook groups named after it and proclaiming doom ... Read more
Diabetes and your genes – TCF7L2 snp - There’s a new study out  on the connection between the TCF7L2 gene, diet, and diabetes. I think it is important ... 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 ... 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 ... Read more
Coffee: Is it right for your genes? - Want to see your genetic data in the Genetic Variants section below? Select your raw genome .txt file. Privacy first! ... Read more
Low Histamine Salsa Recipe - On a low histamine diet and craving salsa and tortilla chips? Here is a quick recipe for a low histamine ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... Read more