Nutrigenetics is a growing area in the field of personal genomics and it is predicted to bring personalized nutrition to the masses. Nutrigenetics will allow us to understand exactly the nutrition that certain genes in our DNA determines that we should and should not consume.
As individuals we are all unique and react differently to certain nutrition which is in part due to our genetic make up and the variations in our genes. Ongoing research in nutrigenetics continues to give us more insights into the macronutrient and micronutrient foods we should eat and avoid.
NutraHacker is a platform that allows you to see your nutrigenetic profile based on your 23andMe data. Sign up to the site (for a fee of $37) and allow it access to your 23andMe API and Nutrahacker will analyze the genes relating to nutrigenetics and produce a PDF report and an online data visualization tool of the nutrition it recommends you should consume and avoid.
The foods that NutraHacker recommends are nothing revolutionary and are typical foods that are considered healthy such as green veg, magnesium, vitamins A, B12 and D, potassium and probiotics. What is interesting however is some of the foods it recommends I avoid are considered healthy. According to my report NutraHacker recommends I avoid Vitamin E due to a SNP (or Single-nucleotide polymorphism) I have that is related to inflammation. The question remains whether not consuming Vitamin E to avoid inflammation outweighs all the health benefits of eating Vitamin E rich foods.
In short, given this is a very new area of genomics I’m not going to stop consuming Vitamin E based foods off the back of this report but I have started to eat more of the good foods it recommends doing the latter has zero risk.
As more research is carried out in the field of nutrigenetics and the more we discover how nutrition affects our genes the potential to completely revolutionize the nutrition industry by making it highly personalized to the individual is clear. Gone are the days when one diet fits all. We are all unique and highly complex individuals and our genetic profiles reflect this. Our nutrition should too.