Using Genetic Information to help understand Personal Dietary needs for Optimal Health by Chef Lindsay K
Have you always wondered how genetics play a role with your health? Have you ever wanted to dive deeper into what characteristics your personal dietary needs are but don’t know where to begin?
Genetics can affect our chances of having several common illnesses, like heart disease, asthma and diabetes but so do many other factors, such as diet and lifestyle play a huge role. I’ve always wanted to know how my genetics play a role in my health and decided to utilize my genetic report from 23andMe and get a more comprehensive report from Found My Fitness. It’s fairly simple, you upload your report from 23andMe, pay a $10 fee and boom you have your personal genetic report!
What is great about this report is it gives you the specific information about how your personal genetics affect your dietary needs. It gives you guidelines and preventive measures if you have certain genes that predispose you to health conditions.
I was surprised to learn that I have a few gene variations that make me more sensitive to saturated fats. I also learned that a diet higher in saturated fat, mono or polyunsaturated fats may lead to more of a risk for obesity and diabetes. This was something to keep in mind when considering whether or not I should try the ketogenic diet.
My recommendation is this: These reports are just guidelines and to remember that having the genetic variant for something makes it possible that it will affect you but it doesn’t make it certain. Always listen to your body and how you feel and a reminder before trying any diet consult with a nutritionist or your doctor.
To give you an idea of the areas the report covers, I’ve listed some of them below.
As a Chef for WHE, I personally do my best to help guide each of my clients with all of their dietary needs when creating healthy meals for them. I look forward to cooking for your on your personal journey as well.
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