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The DNA of Thanksgiving: Canada

23andMe THE DNA OF THANKSGIVING What's on your plate? How genetics plays a role in your Thanksgiving feast 22,000 Estimated number of genes that make up humans. TRUE OR FALSE Feeling drowsy during a holiday meal has more to do with overeating than tryptophan in turkey meat. TRUE. Overeating is usually the main culprit. There's no more tryptophan in turkey than there is in many other meats. Trypophan THE MEDITERRANEAN DIET In people of European descent with the AG or GG genotype at rs1801282, a Mediterranean diet is associated with lower BMI, Self-control and feelings of hunger are all thought to be influenced by genetic variation. SWEET TOOTH Do you crave sweets constantly? If you think you have a stronger sweet tooth than others, it might have something to do with your genes. In fact, a study found that people with the AG or AA genotypes at rs5400 consume, on average, Sweets 16 grams more sugar per day than people with a GG genotype. RED WINE = RED FACE A flushing reaction to alcohol is almost entirely caused by your genetic makeup. The good news is that people who have an extreme reaction are also less likely to become alcohol dependent. Scientists found that... People with no working copies of the ALDH2 gene are prone to an extreme alcohol flushing reaction. People with two working copies have little or no flushing reaction. Alcohol GOT MILK? 1 in 6 90% Approximate number of Canadians affected by Approximate rate of adult lactose intolerance among lactose intolerance people with Asian ancestry The ability to digest lactose (the type of sugar found in milk) as an adult has been passed down through the generations, starting thousands of years ago. While most people who retain the ability to digest milk can trace their ancestry to Europe, there are also some pockets of lactose tolerance in the Middle East and Africa. Scientists found that... People with GG genotypes at rs4988235 in the MCM6 Lactose gene are more likely to be lactose intolerant. NO THANKS Approximately 25% of people are "taste blind" to the bitter tastes present in brussels sprouts, broccoli and cabbage. People with a CC genotype at rs713598 in the TAS2R38 gene are less likely to detect bitterness. A whopping 68% of 23andMe customers detect bitter tastes. Greens AVERSE TO CILANTRO DNA may have something to do with it. People with the AA genotype at rs72921001 are more likely to think that cilantro tastes soapy. MAKING HEALTHY DECISIONS As many as 300,000 Canadians have celiac disease It's a condition strongly influenced by genetics that causes gastrointestinal issues in affected people who consume gluten. 23andMe may help clue you in to whether or not you're predisposed, so that if you're experiencing any stomach issues your doctor may be able to reach a diagnosis sooner and you can make good decisions about the food you eat. Gluten GREEN OR BLACK TEA FOR THE COFFEE DRINKERS... Women of Asian descent with the AA genotype at rs4680 may help lower their odds of breast cancer by drinking these teas. Coffee-but not caffeine-may help lower their odds for type 2 diabetes and some cancers. Caffeine-not necessarily coffee- may help protect against Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. Caffeine Of 23andMe's European Customers... carry a genetic variant associated with higher- than-average caffeine consumption 34% 49% are fast metabolizers of caffeine. Just for Fun 54% of 23andMe customers can detect the asparagus metabolite smell in their urine. This smelling super power is due in part to a variant in a region of the genome containing olfactory receptor genes. Would you like to know if your ancestors passed down a love of sweets? Or maybe you want to know why you get wired from one cup of coffee? Get a snapshot of your own genetic profile by visiting 23andMe.ca. SOURCES http://www.eatingwell.com/nutrition_health/nutrition_news_information/how_to_eat_for_your_dna http://www.pops ci.com/science/article/2013-08/info graphic-day-where-pe ople-can-digest-milk http://www.statisticbrain.com/lactose-intolerance-statisti cs/ http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2898077/ 23andMe https://www.23andme.com/ http://www.nature.com/news/archaeology-the-milk-revolution-1.1347 1#/ref-link-2 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23855270 http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/pubs/securit/gluten_conn-lien_gluten-eng.php http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/expert-answers/coffee-and- he alth/faq-20058339

The DNA of Thanksgiving: Canada

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Your DNA plays a role in how your body responds to the food you eat. Do you hate cilantro, flush when you drink alcohol or crave sweets constantly? It might have something to do with your genes.

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