How to Eat for Your Blood Type

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How to Eat for Your Blood Type

According to Peter D’Adamo, ND (naturopathic doctorate), your blood type determines the way you absorb nutrients. In his popular book, Eat Right 4 Your Type, Dr. D’Adamo argues that by eating a diet specific to your blood type you can lose weight, avoid disease and increase longevity. Read on to learn about the blood type diet and what foods are recommended for types O, A, B and AB.

The theory behind the blood type diet

Foods such as grains, legumes, dairy, tomatoes and potatoes contain high levels of proteins called lectins which can attach to the lining of the intestine and cause digestive problems. According to Dr. D’Adamo, lectins interact with specific blood types. For example, types A and O can experience bloating after eating wheat. When people eat foods that are wrong for their blood type, it can lead to deteriorating health, loss of energy and weight gain. The blood type diet is all about removing foods that are thought to be incompatible with your blood type and replacing them with ones that are neutral or beneficial. D’Adamo makes it clear that, “When we discuss ‘diet,’ we are not talking necessarily about a weight loss plan, that’s a side benefit to following this plan. We are actually discussing diet in the more traditional sense, meaning a way to eat.”

Type O

Dr. D’Adamo explains that O’s metabolize the cholesterol in animal products efficiently and have a well-developed ability to digest meals that contain both protein and fat. However, they more easily convert simple carbohydrates into fats and triglycerides. Lectins in grains affect their immune systems and can cause inflammation and auto-immune diseases. D’Adamo recommends that type O’s eat a high protein, low grain diet.

Week 1

Eliminate: wheat and gluten, dairy products, pork
Add: spelt/brown rice bread, almond milk, grass fed beef

Week 2

Eliminate: corn, catfish, cabbage
Add: kale, cod, broccoli

Week 3

Eliminate: potatoes, navy beans, peanuts
Add: turnip/parsnip, azuki beans, walnuts

Week 4

Eliminate: canola oil, olives, orange juice
Add: olive oil, artichokes, pineapple juice

Type A

According to Dr. D’Adamo, type A’s can efficiently digest carbohydrates, but have difficulty digesting and metabolizing animal protein and fat. He recommends a meat-free diet based on fruits and vegetables, legumes and whole grains. Because type A’s have a sensitive immune system, they should eat their foods in as natural a state as possible, preferably organically grown.

Week 1

Eliminate: beef, banana, cow’s milk
Add: salmon, fig, soy milk

Week 2

Eliminate: tomatoes, eggplant, oranges
Add: beet, Portobello mushroom, grapefruit

Week 3

Eliminate: potatoes, garbanzo beans, cabbage
Add: turnip/parsnip, lentils, kale

Week 4

Eliminate: pork, wheat pasta, black tea
Add: cod, spelt noodles, coffee

Type B

Dr. D’Adamo says that type B’s should avoid corn, wheat, buckwheat, lentils, tomatoes, peanuts and sesame seeds. Each of these foods affects the efficiency of their metabolism, resulting in weight gain, fatigue, fluid retention and hypoglycemia. They should also avoid chicken. According to D’Adamo, it contains a lectin which can attack the type B bloodstream and lead to strokes and immune disorders.

Week 1

Eliminate: chicken, corn, wheat bread
Add: lamb, broccoli, oat bread

Week 2

Eliminate: lentils, peanuts, tomatoes
Add: kidney beans, almonds, peppers

Week 3

Eliminate: couscous, canola oil, American cheese
Add: rice cakes / bran, olive oil, mozzarella cheese

Week 4

Eliminate: crab, coconut, coffee
Add: cod, banana, green tea

Type AB

Because type AB has both the A and the B blood type antigens, foods that contain lectins are more likely to react with the tissues and cells of type AB than any of the other blood types. According to Dr. D’Adamo, AB’s lack the stomach acid to metabolize meat efficiently, so it tends to get stored as fat. Type AB’s who are trying to lose weight should focus on tofu, seafood, dairy and green vegetables. They should avoid smoked or cured meats to prevent stomach cancer.

Week 1

Eliminate: red meat, kidney beans, corn
Add: turkey, pinto beans, kale

Week 2

Eliminate: white potatoes, buckwheat, sea bass
Add: sweet potato, spelt, cod

Week 3

Eliminate: ice cream, corn flakes, American cheese
Add: kefir, oatmeal, mozzarella cheese

Week 4

Eliminate: peppers, lima beans, mangoes
Add: eggplant, parsnips, pineapple

Is the blood type diet effective?

Evidence to support the blood type diet is largely anecdotal. Many people who have tried the diet recommended for their blood types report that they have lost weight and experienced improvement in disorders such as asthma, allergies, sinus problems, high blood pressure and irritable bowel syndrome. However, there are currently no scientific studies comparing weight loss and health outcomes between an experimental group of participants adhering to a specific blood type diet and a control group of participants with the same blood type continuing a standard diet.

Sources:
http://dadamo.com/
http://www.webmd.com/diet/blood-type-diet?page=3
http://www.marksdailyapple.com/lectins/#axzz3cYeYXyCd
http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/early/2013/05/22/ajcn.113.058693.full.pdf+html
http://www.amazon.com/Eat-Right-4-Your-Type/dp/071267716X/ref=cm_cr_pr_bdcrb_top?ie=UTF8

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