Last year I took a genetic test through 23 and Me and was impressed by the results. I was recently approached by DNA Fit who offered to process my 23 and Me DNA results and send me their fitness and diet reports (normally £79 each) in exchange for a blog review. I’m interested in the way our genetic make-up affects the way our bodies interact with food/exercise, so I agreed.
DNA Fit Premium (£79)
DNA Fit Premium gives five results:
- Power and Endurance Potential
- Post-Exercise Recovery Speed
- Injury Risk Profile
- Recovery Nutrition Needs
- Aerobic (VO2 Max)
I suspect that those who train in a gym will have more interest in the results than I did. I am reasonably active, but I prefer to walk my dog or go for a bike ride with my children than do any more serious training. It was mildly interesting to know that I should do an equal mix of power and endurance training and reassuring to discover that I have a low risk of injury and a fast recovery time after exercise, but overall I was a little disappointed in the amount of data given. I think £79 is far too much to charge for this information. I’d be happy to recommend it if it cost less than £10.
Potential DNA Diet Premium (£79)
The diet package was more interesting to me. It contained much more information for the same price:
- Your Ideal Diet
- Carbohydrate & Saturated Fat Sensitivity
- Lactose & Gluten Intolerance Risk
- Suggested Shopping List & 12-week Eating Plan
- Your Detox Ability
- Your Anti-Oxidant Needs & Micronutrient Intake
- Caffeine Sensitivity
The only problem was that most of the information followed advice I was already aware of. It told me to limit my caffeine, salt and sugar intake and increase my omega-3 consumption – something we all know is important.
The 12-week eating plan contained some good recipes. I’m not interested in following the diet, as I prefer to be spontaneous with my cooking, but I will try some of the recipes – the grilled vegetables stuffed with pistachio nuts looked especially nice.
Overall I found the information far less interesting than my original 23 and Me results as most of the advice is common sense. I’d have been prepared to pay about £25 for both sets of results, but at their current price they are far too expensive.