The Blood Type Diet
Eat Right for Your Type
OverviewThe blood type diet, as its name suggests, is a diet based on your blood type. According to this diet, if your blood type is A, you should eat a mainly vegetarian diet, if it’s type O, you should eat mostly meat and avoid grains, and if it’s type B, you can eat a variety of food, including dairy, which is excluded for type As and Os.
How Is This Diet Supposed to Work?Developed by Dr. Peter D’Adamo, a naturopathic physician, the premise of this diet is that by eating foods that are right for your blood type, you will feel better, be less likely to store the food as fat, and be less likely to develop certain diseases and cancers.According to Dr. D’Adamo, your blood type is an evolutionary marker that indicates which foods are best suited for your body and which foods can be harmful. He believes that we should be eating what our ancestors with the same blood type did. For example type Os were apparently meat-eating hunter-gatherers, while type As were vegetarian farmers, and type Bs were nomads, eating a more varied diet.
What’s Involved?Dr. D’Adamo recommends that everyone eat mostly fresh, natural foods, and cut out processed foods. Modern day indulgences such as chocolate, coffee, and alcohol should also be limited or avoided according to Dr. D’Adamo. But this is where most of the commonalities between different blood types end. In addition, Dr. D’Adamo also provides exercise recommendations. Here is a summary of the different eating plans on this diet:
|Blood Type||Foods Allowed||Foods to Avoid||Exercise|
|Type A||Vegetables, fruit, grains, beans, legumes, nuts, and seeds||Dairy, meat, fish, poultry, eggs, and processed foods||Calming exercise like golf or yoga|
|Type B||Vegetables, fruit, grains, beans, legumes, meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and dairy||Nuts, seeds, and processed foods||Moderate intensity exercise like walking, hiking, and tennis|
|Type AB||Foods allowed on both the Type A and Type B diets are all okay, but following a vegan diet most of the time is recommended||Processed foods||Both calming and moderate intensity exercise|
|Type O||Meat, poultry, fish, and olive oil; in moderation: certain vegetables, nuts, seeds, and eggs||Dairy, grains like cereal, bread, pasta, and rice; beans, and processed foods||Vigorous exercise like running|