Better Nutrition July 2020





I recently had my DNA analyzed by a

company called GenoPalate.* By studying

a person’s genes, they can tell which

foods, and particularly which specific

nutrients, you need more or less of.

“You probably know your genes are

those little things that control your eye

color or height,” says GenoPalate founder

Sherry Zhang, PhD. “But your genes

hold so much more power than that ... a

power that determines how even things

you eat affect you differently than they

might a friend or family member.”

I think most of us can relate. For me,

it’s milk. I envy people who can enjoy

a creamy latte made with milk. My

stomach would be in knots if I drank

one. (Thank goodness for almond milk

lattes!) Turns out, my genetic makeup

puts me at high risk for lactose sensitivity.

I was not surprised to read this. But

I was shocked by a few other genetic

variations in my report—e.g., I’m not

likely to be sensitive to gluten (I thought

the opposite would be true), but I am to

omega-6 fats (found in plant and seed

oils). Who knew?

The most fascinating aspect to

GenoPalate is their analysis on nutrients.

I learned I have a genetic variant

in the MTHFR gene, responsible for

folate absorption. According to Geno-

Palate, 33 percent of the population

shares this mutation. This makes folate

supplements with 5-MTHF (the metabolically

active form) important for me.

I share all of this to illustrate just

how much nutrition shapes our health

at a cellular level—we literally can eat

for our genes. Read more about this

topic in “Eating for Your Genes” on p. 18.

*GenoPalate has not paid me to

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Our Writers

Meet the passionate

people behind this issue

of Better Nutrition!

Jeannette Bessinger, CHHC, is an

award-winning educator, author of multiple

books, and a real food chef. She’s helped

thousands of people make lasting changes

to unhealthy habits.

Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS, is a boardcertified

nutritionist and the bestselling

author of 15 books, including The 150

Healthiest Foods on Earth and Living

Low Carb.

Kat James, author of The Truth About

Beauty and creator of Total Transformation

Retreats, been featured on “Today,” Fox,

and PBS, among others, for her pioneering

dietary method. Listen to her Sirius XM radio

show Saturdays on channel 131 (Family Talk).

Emily A. Kane, ND, LAc, has a private

practice in Juneau, Alaska, where she lives

with her husband and daughter. She is the

author of two books on natural health,

including Managing Menopause Naturally.

Chris Mann is a California-based wellness

writer and interviewer with 20 years’ experience

in natural health publishing. He is also an

entertainment author, journalist, and podcaster.

Melissa Diane Smith, Dipl. Nutr., is

a holistic nutritionist who has 25 years

of clinical experience and specializes in

using food as medicine. She is the author

of Going Against GMOs and other books.

Sherrie Strausfogel has been writing

about natural beauty for more than 20 years.

Based in Honolulu, she also writes about

spas, wellness, and travel. She is the author

of Hawaii’s Spa Experience.

Lisa Turner is a chef, food writer, product

developer, and nutrition coach in Boulder, Colo.

She has more than 20 years of experience

in researching and writing about nourishing


Vera Tweed has been writing about

supplements, holistic nutrition, and fitness

for more than 20 years. She is the editorial

director at Natural Health Connections and

the author of Hormone Harmony and other


Neil Zevnik is a private chef specializing

in healthy cuisine, with clients who have

included Jennifer Garner, Charlize Theron,

and the CEO of Disney.


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