There is a popular theory out there that attempts to explain why you aren’t losing weight, why you feel sluggish, and why you have digestive issues. It’s called the Blood Type Diet, and it has as many loyal converts as it does critics.
In a nutshell, the Blood Type Diet establishes a link between food, blood type and health. So by eating foods most compatible with your blood type, you can lose weight, lessen chronic health conditions, and help avoid certain diseases.
Popularised by one Dr Peter D’Adamo, a naturopathic physician who wrote the book ‘Eat Right 4 your Blood Type’, D’Adamo established four major types of blood – O, A, B and AB, with each of these types further divided into positive or negative types.
These blood types apparently stem from ancestral genes, and are meant to act as blueprints to how we should be living our lives. D’Adamo says that everything from how we eat to how we exercise should be dictated by our blood type.
Read on for what your blood type says about how you should be eating:
Type A Diet
D’Adamo says people with type A blood should follow a mostly vegetarian diet, because on the evolutionary scale, type A blood appeared about the time early man was moving to a more settled, agrarian lifestyle and eating a plant-based diet. D’Adamo says today’s type-A individuals are predisposed to heart disease, cancer and diabetes, so following a vegetarian diet with foods that are “fresh, pure and organic” is critical for their sensitive immune systems.
Foods to Avoid: meat, poultry, eggs, dairy products, limited amounts of fish.
Food to Enjoy: vegetables, fruits, grains, beans, legumes, nuts and seeds.
Type B Diet
Type B blood types are probably the most malleable out of all of the groups, with the ability to thrive in changeable conditions. Unlike blood types A and O, which are at opposite ends of every spectrum, Type B’s position is fluid, living best on a balanced omnivore diet with both plenty of animal and plant-based foods.
Foods to Avoid: corn, wheat, buckwheat, lentils, tomatoes, peanuts and sesame seeds.
Food to Enjoy: lamb, beef, turkey, salmon, cod, dairy, olive oil, green leafy vegetables, and some fruit.
Type O Diet
Type Os thrive on intense physical exercise and animal protein, efficiently digesting and metabolizing meat due to their high stomach-acid content. This means that when type O’s consume high quality animal proteins, they can ensure the smooth functioning of the body without undue metabolic stress.
Food to Avoid: dairy products and grains, nightshade vegetables, vegetables from the Brassica family (cabbage, cauliflower etc.) grains, breads, legumes and beans.
Foods to Enjoy: lean, chemical-free meats, poultry, fish, alkaline fruits like berries and plums.
Type AB Diet
The type AB blood is rare, found in less than five per cent of the population, and it is the newest of all the bloody types. Type AB came about from the intermingling of Type A with Type B, resulting in a bloody group that shares both the challenges and benefits of both Type A and B blood. According to Dr. D’Adamo, “Type AB has Type A’s low stomach acid, however, they also have Type B’s adaptation to meats. Therefore, you lack enough stomach acid to metabolize them efficiently and the meat you eat tends to get stored as fat. Type AB should also avoid caffeine and alcohol, especially in stressful situations, and eat smaller, more frequent meals.
Foods to Avoid: smoked or cured meats, chicken, shellfish, corn.
Foods to Enjoy: tofu, seafood, dairy and green vegetables, cultured dairy, alkaline fruits.
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