Poor carbohydrate breakdown increases risk of obesity by 700%
Each of us have a different ability to breakdown carbohydrates and this ability is determined genetically. The starch in carbohydrates (found in grains, legumes, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds) is broken down by the enzyme amylase. Amylase is produced by a gene called AMY 1. Every one of us have the AMY 1 gene, but the number of copies we have of this gene vary from 1-20. You need a copy of 8 and above to have good breakdown and tolerance of carbohydrates. Those with a copy number of 1-4 produce very low levels of amylase, have poor carbohydrate breakdown and are at a 700% increased risk of obesity.
We should not be making dramatic changes in regards to our carbohydrate intake without first understanding our AMY 1 gene. It is interesting that carbohydrates have become the villains in our diet, just like fats were 25-30 years ago. We now have a much better and balanced understanding of the role of fats in our diet and their impact on our health. We don’t want to be making the same mistake again in regards to carbohydrates. Those with a low AMY 1 copy number are well served to decrease amount and types of carbohydrates, but those with a high AMY 1 copy number actually do very well with carbohydrates and restricting them too much can lead to negative health outcomes.
Sharon Palmer at iDNA Health provides the Carbohydrate Tolerance Gene Test (AMY1 gene test). Sharon was the first practitioner in Australia to offer this test and has extensive experience with the dietary interventions that are critical with this gene and the associated health implications.
What your Carbohydrate Tolerance (AMY 1 gene) test will tell you
- Are YOU 700% more likely to be overweight or obese
- How many grams of carbohydrates you can tolerate per day
- What type of carbohydrates you tolerate and need to avoid
- How effectively you metabolise and use your carbohydrates for energy
- How effectively you metabolise and tolerate gluten
- Health implications
Who Can Benefit from the Carbohydrate Tolerance (AMY 1 gene) Test?
- Anyone who wants to understand how their body tolerates and metabolises carbohydrates
- Anyone who wants to make the best dietary choices for themselves
- Food intolerances
- Celiac disease or Gluten intolerant
- Overweight or obese. Struggling to lose weight or maintain weight loss
- Diabetic or insulin resistant
- Gut dysbiosis, abnormal gut flora, under or overgrowths
- Autoimmune conditions
Contact us to book your Carbohydrate Tolerance Gene test today so you can make the right choice about carbohydrates.