Rating based on our DNAFit review
7 Facts from our DNAFit review
- Location: Kent, UK
- Products: diet and health fit based on genotyping; a more detailed DNA test (Circle Premium) based on whole-exome sequencing
- DNAfit Reports: on nutrition and training or a more detailed health report, that includes disease risks and family planning
- Result delivery: through the website and the DNAFit App
- Raw data access: not available
- Cost: from $189 for the Diet Fit plan and $629 for the Circle Premium.
- Alternatives: Nebula Genomics (free DNA data upload and free DNA health report; whole genome sequencing for $299). Vitagene (Diet and Health, $99). Genetic Genie (free; for health information). Promethease ($12; for health information).
This is a review of DNAfit, a wellness genetic company founded in 2013 by South African Avi Lasarow. Based on genetic analysis, it creates personalized diet and fitness plans. DNA fit also offers assistance from expert sports scientists and dieticians.
The service became part of the Prenetics Group in 2018. Recently, it partnered with Vita Mojo to create genetically-matched meals.
DNAfit is a genetic company focused on health and wellness. They primarily offer two reports with actionable genomics advice for nutrition and fitness. After a swab test for your genetic profile, DNAfit will share personalized information, such as a meal plan.
The kits are more expensive than some alternatives, and they do not offer whole genome sequencing. They do have a partnership with CircleDNA which offers whole exome sequencing.
Review of DNAfit Genetic Testing Services
DNAfit primarily offers genetic analysis with two plans:
Diet Fit ($189). This product analyzes your genes to give actionable nutritional information. They provide a personalized meal planner with their genetic nutrition report.
Health Fit ($249). This more expensive service provides the nutritional information found in Diet Fit and more. They also provide a health report, including information such as your predisposition to stress.
Because DNAfit is a subsidiary of Prenetics, they advertise the CircleDNA test. The CircleDNA test is a “whole exome sequencing” test and is more comprehensive in its analysis.
Getting started with DNAfit
Getting started is pretty straightforward: after ordering the DNA testing kit online, a saliva swab is delivered to your home. Once the sample collection is completed, it is sent to an accredited laboratory that will produce results – within 15 days. Results can be accessed on the DNAfit website.
It is also possible to upload Ancestry, MyHeritage, or 23andMe raw DNA data. This lets you obtain Diet or Health plans at reduced costs. ($49 for the Diet Link and $89 for the Health Link). However, data uploads can produce different reports compared to data generated by DNAfit. In particular, a reduced amount of information is obtained from 23andMe files.
There may be some technical difficulties (with the data format) that are not always so straightforward to overcome.
Review of DNAfit Reports
Review of Diet Fit ($189)
This test was formerly known as DNAFit Fitness Diet Pro. When ordering this DNA test, genes associated with diet and nutrition are analyzed to produce personalized meals and optimal diet plans.
The main information that can be gathered through this genetic analysis is shown in the graphic below. The DietFit report can be found here. Among other things, you can discover if you are lactose intolerant or have a predisposition for celiac disease.
To gain a deeper insight into the style of the report, let’s look at the breakdown of carbohydrate sensitivity. It shows an overview of the effects of your genotype on carbohydrate metabolism and sensitivity to insulin.
Some of the detailed suggestions, such as ways to lose weight, provide more information. This weight loss recommendation is based on the glycemic load (GL) and index (GI) of carbohydrate-containing food. DNAFit provides tips and the below table with different carbohydrates and their GL and GI values.
A table with nutrient summary and guidelines like the one below is included at the bottom of the report:
The plan includes support from a dietician coach (one 30 minutes call) and access to the MealPlanner app.
Review of Health Fit ($249)
The Health fit report is a more complete plan that adds fitness information and personalized advice to the Diet Fit report. It analyzes your genetic data to formulate an optimal training strategy.
These health and fitness results also include information on whether you have a predisposition for soft tissue injury. Furthermore, the reports contain information on recovery efficiency.
Here is a report of the Health fit (from 2014).
Based on the endurance/power profile, it is possible to modulate the training activity, like endurance training. Do you need more endurance sports or high-intensity activity?
However, a balanced training session is always advised:
Health Fit also includes support from sports scientists (one 30 minutes call) and access to a training plan.
Review of DNAfit Circle Premium ($629)
This complete plan analyzes the whole exome sequence, similar to the full genome sequencing. However, it only analyses the genes that give instruction for protein production (circa 1% of the human genome).
From this analysis, a DNA health report is produced which is more comprehensive than the Health Fit report. It includes disease and cancer risks; drug response; family planning, and information that is summarized in the figure below:
They require your permission to share the results with somebody outside the laboratory. They do not sell your information to third parties. However, it may be transferred outside the EEA for processing (in which case strict measures are applied to protect it).
DNAfit labs have ISO27001 certification for information security and management system (ISMS). ISO 27001 works as a checklist of actions to protect your organization from cyber threats. Having the certification demonstrates a high level of security.
Review of DNAfit News Coverage
- BusinessCloud: DNA entrepreneur: You are too unique for wellness trends
- GenomeWeb: Prenetics Acquires DNAFit for $10M
- Wired: The spurious, questionable science behind DNA testing kits
- The Telegraph: How popular at-home DNA tests are putting a strain on the NHS
- Diet Fit and Health Fit have both a 4.7 (out of 5) score on DNAtestingchoice.com with 36 and 233 DNAfit reviews, respectively.
- On Trustpilot, there are over 2000 DNAfit reviews with an average rating of 4.5 out of 5.
- DNAfit reviews on Amazon have an average rating of 3.2 (the old Helix product, with 24 reviews).
- Some DNAfit reviews that can be found (TheVerge, Popsugar) or Reddit suggest that results and advice should be more specific.
DNAfit Pros and Cons
- DNA health and fitness report
- Possible to upload 23andme raw data (not free)
- One time coaching
- Access to useful apps
- DNA raw data cannot be downloaded
- Sometimes the health recommendations seem to be generic
- The cost of the whole exome sequencing is high ($629)
We finish out DNAfit review with a comparison to Nebula Genomics and other DNA testing companies.
At Nebula Genomics we offer free DNA upload from 23andMe or Ancestry. We analyze DNA raw data, “filling the blanks” left from other DNA tests and produce an expanded DNA report. The library includes research on health, wellness, and disease tendencies associated with genes.
Whole Genome Sequencing
We also offer 30x Whole Genome Sequencing at an affordable cost ($299). We read 100% of your DNA and let you explore the genetic data with powerful, interactive tools. You can follow your interests and curiosities, also based on our library weekly updates.
Ancestry Information and FamilyTreeDNA
Ancestry information comes from the analysis of the Y chromosome (for males) and mitochondrial DNA (for both males and females). Raw DNA data can easily be uploaded to FamilyTreeDNA to explore your genealogy and build a more complete family tree.
Access to Raw Data and Privacy
Last, but not least, at Nebula, we value your privacy and make it a central part of our Service. Nebula stores and protects your data with blockchain technology, making it completely anonymous and secure. You will have full control over how – and if – we share your genetic information. You can decide to help researchers here at Nebula or third party organizations, in which case, you can actually be compensated.
You will always be able to access your data and download it in different formats.
Here you can find a comparison of Nebula Genomics 30x WGS to DNAfit other DNA testing companies.
|23andMe||AncestryDNA||DNAfit (Circle Premium)||Nebula Genomics|
|Produced data||~600,000 positions in the genome||~700,000 positions in the genome||~700,000 (genotyping), 2% of the genome for whole exome sequencing||~3,000,000,000 positions in the genome|
|Raw DNA data access||Yes||Yes||No||Yes|
|Free Raw Data Analysis||No||No||No||Yes (learn more)|
|Disease screening||Yes||Yes, but only when requested by a physician||Yes (Circle Premium)||Polygenic scores for many traits and diseases.|
|Nutrition and fitness coaching||No||No||Yes (30 minutes each)||No|
|Weekly updates based on the latest discoveries in genetics||No||No||No||Yes (learn more)|
|Ancestry reporting||Yes||Yes||Limited||Deep ancestry reporting in collaboration with FamilyTreeDNA|
|Cost||$99, $199, or $499||$99 or $149||$629||$0 to $299|