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Epigenetics

Carnivore diet health risks

Why the carnivore diet is unhealthy and what to try instead

When it comes to food, no two people are alike. What works for one may not work well for the next person. For example, we’ve written previously about how certain genotypes are very poorly suited to the butter coffee “Bulletproof” style diets and how these people are likely to see very scary lipid numbers on… Read More

Genetic testing for kids

The ethics of genetic testing for children

Note: this is an opinion piece. The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Gene Food editorial staff.  Genetic testing for kids is something of an ethical minefield. Most kids don’t want to know their risk of Alzheimer’s disease. There are, however, some standard genetic… Read More

MTHFR Supplements when pregnant

MTHFR and pregnancy: Is it OK to take folic acid?

Folate (vitamin B9) is an essential nutrient required for DNA replication, amino acid synthesis, and a range of enzymatic processes in the body. As such, it’s no surprise that we need more folate during times of rapid growth and development, such as in pregnancy. For most individuals, that means reaching for folic acid pills. In… Read More

I ate an Impossible Burger – wish I hadn’t

A few days ago at a promotional event, I had the chance to sample an Impossible Burger, the popular Vegan “hamburger” whose mission is to make meat obsolete by 2035. Initially, I was impressed by the resemblance of a plant based burger to an actual burger, however, after I learned the ingredients they use to… Read More

Veganism after 65?

Is veganism safe after 65? If older adults need more protein, where should they get it?

Note to readers: the author of this article is a nutrition expert whose opinion we respect, otherwise we would not publish her work on our blog. However, we rate this post with a science score of 2 as we believe the opinions expressed here run contrary to the best science at present, specifically research by… Read More

Toxins in tap water

The toxins in your tap water

For all the years I lived in NYC, one of the most common refrains you hear is “the tap water in New York is the best.” I heard it repeated so many times that I believed it unquestioningly. It wasn’t until I saw research put out by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) that I started… Read More

berkey water filter

How to buy the best water filter (yes, you need one)

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that 1 in 12 Americans is exposed to potentially harmful microbes, pesticides, lead, or radioactive radon with every drink of tap water and every time they take a shower (R). For Native Americans living on tribal land, this figure rises to a staggering 1 in 4 without… Read More

6 natural anxiety remedies that work

Anxiety is the most common mental health issue experienced by people in North America, with almost 1 in 5 American adults affected each year (R). That’s around 40 million people, all suffering with a highly treatable condition. Sadly, only 36.9% of those with anxiety receive treatment (R), but the good news is that there are… Read More

Hypothyroidism and Nutrition

Hypothyroidism and nutrition: Managing autoimmune thyroid disease through diet

Is it possible to “fix” hypothyroidism by diet alone? The short answer is no — there’s no dietary factor that can cure every case of hypothyroidism. There are, however, specific nutrients such as iodine and selenium that we need for healthy thyroid function. Too little or too much of these nutrients can cause serious thyroid… Read More

Highway Traffic

Living close to a highway? Make sure to eat your broccoli

Here at Gene Food, we are a little obsessed with the NrF2 pathway, a genetic transcription factor responsible for “turning on” over 200 genes, many of which are related to detoxification. As we’ve written about previously, nutrition can play a role in activating NrF2. Because of a compound known as sulforaphane, broccoli sprouts are one… Read More

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