I know I'm not the first person to think of this, but looking over the archives here I don't see any mention of paleo people doing one of those genetic tests to discover their haplogroup in the context of personal paleo research.
I'm having mine done anyway because I'm curious (results in 4-6 weeks, sigh) but I'm also interested to see what turns up on figuring out the likely diet of my particular haplogroup. Has anyone here gained any insights or made any adjustments to their paleo lifestyle as a result of having that information?
There are paleo-approved* foods that some of us cannot eat (I can't do most nightshades, most crucifers or a lot of pork) and some of us are eating paleo-not-approved* foods without apparent setbacks or issues. The "everybody's different" explanation is perfectly valid as far as I can tell, but maybe some of that "difference" is genetic at the deep level?
Thanks again for your comments.
*For lack of a better term.
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on January 28, 2011
at 03:35 PM
I've done the same. The 23andMe test is great, but I'm having a rough time finding dietary information on my specific haplogroup. Actually I've had a hard time finding a dietary rundown on haplogroups in general. If anyone has found anything like that I'd love to know about it.
I came out in haplogroup W5.
on June 02, 2010
at 12:04 PM
I considered doing this myself a few years ago. It's really fascinating, but I was turned off by the cost. I think it was $199 at the time for the basic package. For more money you could have other related tests done (I don't remember exactly what they were now). But basically, as a caucasian, my deep ancestors left Africa and turned left at some point and wound up in cloudy, high-latitude Europe where they lost melanin to allow more Vit D production.
So what will the test tell me that I don't already know? I suppose that knowing my haplogroup will tell me that I am more closely related to some people than to others, but this is basically just my recent genetic history. It might tell me that my ancestors were parked in Eastern Europe for a while. But even farther back in time, we're all African anyways, regardless of haplogroup.
If it were less expensive I'd have the tests done, because it would be incredibly interesting to know the "route" my ancestors took. I guess its a matter of weighing the costs against the curiosity.
on June 02, 2010
at 02:57 AM
I am haplogroup Q1b, which is about 5% of all Ashkenazi Jews. Most Q* are of Siberian/Aleutian/Native American lineage. So I guess genetically I am disposed to a diet of tasty animals. Apparently my tribe went went west instead of east. The only dietary problem I have is fluid milk -- causes severe GI distress -- but yogurt/cheese are no problem.
on January 28, 2011
at 04:57 PM
Did the 23andme.com test as well. The latest thing I've found out more on is not so much haplogroup information, but Methylation information. Tied into whether I can smell it after I eat Asparagus. Apparently there's a mutation on the MTHFR gene that means that you don't clear toxins as fast by methlyating them (thus can smell it after you eat the Asparagus). Not world shattering, but does mean it's wiser to take specific types of folate to offset it (since homocysteine levels will be higher). Apparently my mutation means that I methylate at 30% the rate of normal...
on June 03, 2010
at 11:24 AM
I took advantage of 23andMe when they had the $99 sale (for "DNA Day" - April 23) for both the health and ancestry tests. My ancestry tests basically confirmed what I already know - my ancestors come from Europe. The health tests were very interesting, though, revealing I'm at 4x risk for Celiac disease than average, likely to be able to digest dairy with no problems, etc.
As far as ancestry goes, 23andMe becomes more useful the more people join - you can find distant relatives and, through them, learn more about your own background.