Some of us Sacramento DNA-driven genealogy and nutrition enthusiasts are looking to choose our ‘ancestral’ diet. So we had our DNA tested and run through various software to see how many different ethnic groups are in our ancestral DNA. Have you heard of the Dodecad Ancestry Project? You can go to this website to learn about how to find out almost all the different nationalities, ethnic groups, or classifications in your DNA if you’re interested in DNA-driven genealogy and have tested your DNA with companies such as Family Tree DNA’s FamilyFinder test or similar DNA-driven genealogy testing firms. See, Family Finder – Family Tree DNA.
What you do is send in your autosomal DNA results from the Family Finder test or similar tests. Check out the web site on the various ethnic groups reporting the percentages of DNA (autosomal) for the various groups from participants. No names are used, just numbers to keep privacy. You are given a number that you look up on the website to find your results. Check out the Dodecad DNA percentages website to get an idea of how many ethnic groups may be in your autosomal DNA. What you’ll see at the website are the numbers to keep people anonymous, and how much autosomal DNA in percentages each participant has in the categories of East-European, West-European, Mediterranean, Neo-African, West-Asian, South-Asian, Northeast-Asian, Southeast-Asian, East-African, Southwest-Asian, Northwest-African, and Paleo-African.
First I took the Family Finder Test at FamilyTreeDNA. Then I emailed the autosomal DNA (for ancestry only) results to the Dodecad Ancestry Project. A few days later I was emailed an ID number, and within two more days my DNA results appeared. I’ll share my results. It was 6.2% East European, 17.5% West European, 31.1% Mediterranean, 24.8% West Asian, 0.1% South Asian, 1.1% Northeast Asian, 1.3% Southeast Asian, 2.3% East African, 12.5% Southwest Asian, 2.5% Northwest African, and 0.5% Paleo African.
What does all this tell me as a nutrition journalist? It helps me choose the ideal ‘ancestral’ diet, music, and clothing style of any or all of thoses groups. I could, for example, go with the highest percentage which is the 31.1% Mediterranean and eat a modified Mediterranean diet. My interest is to find my ‘ancestral’ diet, healthy foods that work best for me. I could take up the music or dance or jewelry and accessories style of any of the other percentages in my DNA. Or in my hobby of writing short stories, can incorporate any of these ancestries into a creative work of art.