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You all know that I have a love of learning about nutrition. I have spent half of my life studying and/or teaching about it. I was fascinated to learn about the topic of neutrogenomics, the integration of genomic science (genetics) with nutrition. (This is a sponsored post in behalf of BabyNome.)
The study of neutrogenomics says that although many diseases are genetic and we cannot alter that, nutrition modifies how different genes are expressed and can affects whether these genes manifest themselves in the body or not. Basically it is studying how our diet affects our genes. They analyze DNA and RNA to see how these mutations happen and how the nutrients we consume affect them. Much of the differences in the nutrients our bodies absorb is due to genetic differences that affect absorption of vitamins and minerals as well as carbohydrates, proteins, and other nutrients. Different nutrients affect each person differently.
Now what does this have to do with us and why did I want to share this with you? We can use these new advances in science to improve the health of our families.
While the science behind it is complicated, the result is a simple way of knowing how to keep your child healthier for their whole life! There is a company that has an Indegogo campaign underway called BabyNome. They use the saliva of your child as a sample, and analyze the DNA information to identify particular genetic characteristics that are known for predisposing people to different issues including vitamin and mineral deficiencies as well as metabolism and diet.
BabyNome uses the result of more than a decade of research and 400 peer-reviewed, cutting edge scientific studies linking more than 2071 genetic mutations to more than 150 nutritional and well-being traits, and provides personalized reports for babies, toddlers and children from 12 months to 7 years of age. Their report includes information on Vitamins, Minerals, Metabolism and Diet, as well as General Well-being. All DNA information is kept private and secure and is kept for only 12 months, unless you choose to save it longer.
I find neutrogenomics so fascinating because I know several people who struggle with their children’s food allergies or other diet-related issues that could really benefit from this process. The other reason I find this fascinating is because of other topics I have studied related to nutrition that led me to a plant-based diet. While this is not what they are recommending, I know that an improvement in ones diet will lead to greater health and quality of life.
I was surprised that the price is not as high as I might have expected, too. It is just $99 for a BabyNome report then an additional $99 is you have not ever used a 23andMe genetic test before. You have to pay for their genetic testing package making it $198 total. For the things you are learning I think this is a pretty reasonable price! Right now they are offering 50 early registration reports for just $49 ( that does not include 23andME DNA testing fee). They are also offering a parent version of the report!