A blood type diet is a nutrition plan based around your blood type. This kind of diet became popular with the release of Peter D’Adamo’s book Eat Right 4 Your Type.
This book continues to be a bestseller and D’Adamo claims that the diet will not only reduce the weight but also assist with allergy and infection resistance and will promote overall good health.
Dr. D’Adamo started out as promoting the eating of the right foods as a way to improve health and wellbeing. However, in the last several years he has developed a whole line of nutritional supplements consisting of pills, shakes, bars, skin products, and even chocolates developed nutritionally for each of the four blood types.
Dieting to lose weight is good, but following the right diet for your body and lifestyle can benefit you a lot.
What to eat?
That depends on your blood type. Here’s what D’Adamo recommends for each type:
Type A blood:
People with Type A blood are very grounded people, and crave a life with structure, rhythm, and harmony.
Those with Type A blood strive to attain a peaceful state of mind, and thrive when they surround themselves with positive, helpful, and supportive people.
At times, they tend to get easily stressed, which can trigger unwanted hormone imbalances.
Suggested Diet For Type A’s
A meat-free diet based on fruits and vegetables, beans and legumes, and whole grains — ideally, organic and fresh, because D’Adamo says people with type A blood have a sensitive immune system.if you are accustomed to eating meat, you will lose weight and have more energy once you eliminate the toxic foods from your diet.
Some specific foods to avoid are shellfish, aged cheeses, beef, pork, cashews, pistachios, kidney and lima beans, wheat bran, potatoes, olives, yams, cabbage, mushrooms, tomatoes, melons, bananas, oranges, mayo, beer, black tea. Food to Limit are chicken, turkey, and dairy.
Type B blood:
People with Type B personality traits are relaxed, less stressed, flexible, emotional and expressive, and have a laid-back attitude.They are likely the least stubborn among all their family and friends, are highly open-minded.
Type B’s are known to produce higher cortisol levels when they are stressed, and can fall prey to various health issues and autoimmune diseases.
Suggested Diet For Type B’s
Type B’s are huge foodies. Type B is the only blood type that can fully enjoy a variety of dairy foods.
To maintain healthy blood sugar levels, especially after meals, Type B’s should add more green vegetables, eggs, and low-fat dairy to their diet.
Foods to Limit are nuts and seeds especially peanuts, sesame seeds and sunflower seeds are not advised for Type Bs, they contain lectins that interfere with Type B insulin production. When you eliminate these foods and begin eating a diet that is right for your type, you blood sugar levels should remain normal after meals.
Another very common food that Type Bs should avoid is chicken. Chicken contains a Blood Type B agglutinating lectin in its muscle tissue. Although chicken is a lean meat, the issue is the power of an agglutinating lectin attacking your bloodstream and the potential for it to lead to strokes and immune disorders.
The Type O Profile
Type O was is the only blood type that carries two opposing blood type antibodies (type A and type B) and those who have an O- blood type are universal red blood cell donors.
Type O’s have the best ability to digest both protein, fat, and calcium, because they tend to have higher amounts of chemicals and enzymes in their digestive tracks to help with absorption.
Blood Type O may be predisposed to certain illnesses, such as ulcers and thyroid disorders. In the 1950’s it was discovered that Type O’s had about twice the instances of ulcers of all kinds than the other blood types. These findings have been replicated many times since then.
Suggested Diet For Type O’s
Type O has higher levels of stomach acid. This blood type has a very well-developed ability to digest meals that contain both protein and fat. This is because two chemicals used by the digestive tract, an enzyme called intestinal alkaline phosphatase, and a lipoprotein called ApoB48 are secreted into the digestive tract in much higher amounts by type O’s. Many grains also contain reactive proteins called lectins that can ramp up the type O immune system,
resulting in unwanted inflammation and auto-immunity.
Limit dairy, grains, legumes, and beans. Foods to avoid are avocado, brazil nuts, oranges, cauliflower, mustard greens, cabbage, brussels sprouts, pork, goose, poppy seeds, eggplant, corn, melons, coconut, coffee, beer, black tea, ketchup, vinegar, milk, yogurt.
The Type AB Profile
Type AB blood is extremely rare, and is found in less than 5 percent of the entire population. In fact, until 10 or 12 centuries ago, there was practically no one with this blood type.And it is the ‘newest’ of the blood types
Type AB is the only blood type whose existence is the result of intermingling rather than evolution and environment. Thus, they share both the benefits and the challenges of both Type A and Type B blood types.
Type AB is sometimes A-like, sometimes B-like and sometimes a fusion of both. Today, as we look back at this remarkable evolutionary revolution, it is clear that the genetic characteristics of our ancestors live in our blood today.
Type AB usually like meeting new people, and are open and trusting. However, they can feel isolated and alienated from others at times.
Generally, AB’s are very intuitive, emotional, passionate, and empathetic.
Suggested Diet For Type AB’s
Type AB should begin each day by drinking a glass of warm water with the freshly squeezed juice of half a lemon to cleanse the system of mucus accumulated while sleeping.
Type AB have low stomach acid, therefore, thet lack enough stomach acid to metabolize them efficiently and the meat they eat tends to get stored as fat.
Because type AB has both the A and the B blood type antigens, foods that contain chemicals called lectins are more likely to react with the tissues and cells of type AB than any of the other blood types.
Type AB’s should incorporate more foods like green vegetables, seafood, tofu, and dairy into their diet. Try to stay away from smoked and cured meats, which can be detrimental for those with low stomach acid.
Foods to focus on include tofu, seafood, dairy, and green vegetables.
Foods to avoid are beef, pork, poultry, venison, shellfish, aged cheeses, sesame, kidney, black, and lima beans, sunflower seeds, buckwheat, corn, avocado, bell peppers, black olives, tropical fruits, oranges, pepper, black tea, distilled liquor.
Much of the recommendations are based on scientific evidence – but perhaps it is too early to make this claim.
Two people can have very different metabolisms and have the same blood type. One could be sensitive to carbohydrates or sugar, whilst the other needs a high carbohydrate diet.
Weight loss and other health improvements may occur on this diet – not so much because of blood type combinations, but because of a healthier diet!