See what Women’s Fitness magazine said about CarbChoice:
I discovered I fall into the worst category with a low AMY1 score of 3, meaning I don’t produce enough amylase and my system lacks the ability to break down starchy carbs. Bad news for my love of hot chips! My Fitgenes practitioner, Miles Browning, did note, though, that I shouldn’t stress too much – so long as I get it right 80% of the time I have 20% leeway to eat pizza every so often (yay!)”
Samera, Women’s Fitness Editor
It uses your genetic information to help make better dietary and lifestyle choices.
Know how much of each different type of carb you should eat, enjoy better health and you won’t have to miss out on all the foods you love.
With better carb management, you can push yourself harder and get fit faster… but it all comes down to how well you know GENES!
We post you a quick and easy-to-use cheek cell sample collection kit.
We take your sample and analyse it in our lab.
We email your personalised and comprehensive report filled with information hints and tips for improving your carbohydrate processing.
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This price includes your DNA test kit, genetic test result and comprehensive report
CarbChoice is powered by Fitgenes Australia – providing genetic test reports since 2009. Fitgenes is a world leader in developing genetic profile reports that provide dietary, lifestyle and exercise interventions based on the role of the AMY1 gene CNV in starchy carbohydrate metabolism.
Scientific studies have shown that variations in the human salivary amylase gene (AMY1) differ based on populations which have traditionally eaten high starch diets, compared to those who have traditionally eaten low starch diets (Perry et al. 2007). Copy number variations within the AMY1 gene impact salivary amylase activity (Yang et al. 2015; Santos et al. 2012), which influences how well the body breaks down and processes starch. Copy number variations and amylase activity can also impact the oral perception of starch leading to nutritional differences (Mandel et al. 2010).
Simply, some people can process starchy carbohydrates better than others, and this can impact their nutrition, dietary choices and health.
Amylase activity, and the ability to process starch, has been demonstrated to have impact on BMI (Bonnefond et al. 2017) and hence AMY1 copy number can impact on the related issues of BMI, obesity and weight management (Falchi et al. 2014; Mejía-Benítez et al. 2015; Viljakainen et al., 2015; Marcovecchio et al. 2016). Low amylase individuals may even be at greater risk of health issues including diabetes if they maintain a high starch diet (Mandel and Breslin 2012).
The unique CarbChoice profile report contains:
Your report includes a comprehensive list of foods to eat and those to avoid, based on the personalised analysis of your AMY1 gene. And don’t worry, you can still have some starchy foods from time to time. We’ll tell you how much tolerance you have to different types of carbohydrates, so you can still enjoy your favourite meals. Also, even if you don’t produce much amylase, you will learn which foods increase amylase to help you metabolise carbohydrates faster.
For example, let’s say your CarbChoice profile says you’re a 2 – in the low processing range. Let’s look at what breakfast might look like for you.
If you’re a 2 and you’ve been eating over-processed, sugary, grain-based cereals then you’ll be overloading on the carbs first thing in the morning – when your amylase is actually at it’s lowest.
Try a protein-rich breakfast of eggs, avocado, tomato and leafy greens to get your day started. Not only will you feel fuller for longer you’ll be less likely to snack before lunch. Give it a go!
Your AMY1 Gene Score indicated how well you can process starchy carbohydrates. If you have a high processing range, it means you are better adapted to a high-starch diet. If you sit in a lower processing range, it means you are less starch-tolerant. CarbChoice reports on how many copies of the AMY1 gene you have – an indicator of the production of amylase in your saliva when you chew your food.
If you’re low processing it means you can enjoy more protein rich foods along with your carbs, but need to increase your amylase levels to break the carbs better. Your CarbChoice report will tell you how to do that.
Moderate carb processing means you’re not too bad at it, but need to monitor your carb intake and can also look at foods that have no or little starch in them. CarbChoice report tells you which foods to enjoy based on starch levels and those too avoid as they have too much.
As someone who does process carbs well, you may also find that food tastes a little sweeter and creamier! This can mean you might eat a little more than you should.
This price includes your DNA test kit, genetic test result and comprehensive report.
Bonnefond et al. 2017, Relationship between salivary/pancreatic amylase and body mass index: a systems biology approach, BMC medicine (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5322607)
Falchi et al. 2014, Low copy number of the salivary amylase gene predisposes to obesity, Nature Genetics (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24686848)
Mandel and Breslin 2012, High Endogenous Salivary Amylase Activity Is Associated with Improved Glycemic Homeostasis following Starch Ingestion in Adults, Journal of Nutrition (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3327743)
Mandel et al. 2010, Individual Differences in AMY1 Gene Copy Number, Salivary α-Amylase Levels, and the Perception of Oral Starch, PloS One (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2954178)
Marcovecchio et al. 2016, Low AMY1 Gene Copy Number Is Associated with Increased Body Mass Index in Prepubertal Boys, PloS One (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4858278)
Mejía-Benítez et al. 2015, Beneficial effect of a high number of copies of salivary amylase AMY1 gene on obesity risk in Mexican children, Diabeticalogia (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25394825)
Perry et al. 2007, Diet and the evolution of human amylase gene copy number variation. Nat Genetics (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2377015)
Santos et al. 2012, Copy number polymorphism of the salivary amylase gene: implications in human nutrition research, Journal of Nutrigenetics and Nutrigenomics 2012 (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22965187)
Viljakainen et al. 2015, Low Copy Number of the AMY1 Locus Is Associated with Early-Onset Female Obesity in Finland, PLoS One 2015 (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4489572)
Yang et al. 2015, The roles of AMY1 copies and protein expression in human salivary α-amylase activity, Physiology & Behaviour (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25446200)