What Is It?
Wouldn’t it be nice to know exactly which foods to eat for your health? What if your blood type could tell you how your body naturally responds to different food groups for more efficient weight loss? Well, that’s the premise behind the blood type diets popularized by naturopathic physician Peter J. D'Adamo. Many people have celebrated success after eating for their blood type, but is the diet legit?
What Can you Eat?
Recommendations for each blood type:
- Type A: The agrarian or cultivator. Eat a diet rich in plants, and completely free of "toxic" red meat (resembles the vegetarian diet).
- Type B: The nomad. Eat plants and most meats (except chicken and pork). However, nomads should avoid wheat, corn, lentils, tomatoes and a some dairy products.
- Type AB: The enigma. Eat seafood, tofu, dairy, beans and grains, while avoiding kidney beans, corn, beef and chicken - mix between types A and B.
- Type O: The hunter. Eat a high-protein diet based largely on meat, fish, poultry, certain fruits and vegetables, but limited in grains, legumes and dairy - resembles the paleo diet.
Where's The Proof?
Before trying any new trend, you MUST check the science. This systematic review screened over 1400 articles to conclude no evidence currently exists to validate the purported health benefits of blood type diets.
How can the success stories be explained?
Well, all four blood type diets are largely based on whole foods. Eliminating processed snacks and fast food from a diet leads to weight loss for most people. Eating for your blood type sounds like a custom diet, but the plan doesn't take into account your medical history, food preferences, food allergies or intolerances, and many other factors. You deserve more! Reaching your wellness goals requires a plan tailored for all of you, not just your blood type.
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