Understanding The Blood Type Diet

shutterstock_143921158The blood type diet is a type of fad diet where nutritional intake is based on an individual’s blood type. It is considered a fad diet because currently, no studies have proven that it may actually work, especially in terms of weight loss. It is not the same as saying that following this type of diet may be devoid of benefits.

The blood type diet was first advocated by naturopath Peter J. D’Adamo. He claims that the food people eat will react chemically to specific blood types in different ways. Following a diet ideal for a specific blood type will ensure that food is digested in a more efficient way. According to D’Adamo, here are the recommended diet choices for different blood types:

Blood Type A

People with type A blood are said to have a sensitive immune system. An ideal diet for them is vegetarian. It should be based on fruits and vegetables and should be meat-free. People with this blood type can also include eggs and low-fat dairy along with beans, whole grains and legumes.

Blood Type B

People with type B blood are known to have a strong immune system and a flexible digestive system. An ideal diet for this blood type contains green vegetables, certain meats, eggs and low fat dairy. Foods that this blood type should avoid include chicken, corn, wheat, peanuts and sesame seeds, among others.

Blood Type AB

This blood type D’Adamo considers as the most recently evolved blood type, although that may be challenged by other scientists. He treats it as an intermediary between the blood types A and B. People with type AB blood are said to have low stomach acid. Diet should focus on green vegetables, tofu, seafood, and dairy. People with this blood type should avoid caffeine, alcohol as well as processed meats.

Blood Type O

People with type O blood are ideal for diets high in protein. A diet containing lean meats, fish, poultry and vegetables are recommended. People with this blood type should consume less dairy, beans and grains.

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