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
write about them. For more information,
Meet the passionate
people behind this issue
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. jeannettebessinger.com
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. jonnybowden.com
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. neilzevnik.com
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