This might satisfy Edward Cullen’s appetite, but we have to talk about blood. Naturopathic physician, Peter D’Adamo, released a book about his research with dieting based on your blood type, appropriately called, The Blood Type Diet. And this “blood type diet” is gaining more and more popularity.
Blood has a lot to do with our digestion because it does the thankless job of transporting broken down nutrients to our cells and organs. However, the next question is this: should our assigned blood types be associated with particular diets for better weight loss and disease prevention? Let’s put a stake into the heart of the discussion.
Addressing the Bloody Issue
Before we jump into the diets themselves, you should probably know that the Blood Type Diet has its own share of skeptics – in the scientific community nonetheless. If selling seven million copies of his 1996 book “Eat Right For Your Blood Type” is enough to get this diet fad some public attention, it’s certainly not enough to get professional nutritionists onboard.
Scientists are questioning D’Adamo’s theory based on its lack of factual evidence to connect the true relationship between the food we eat and our blood types in maintaining our goals of weight loss and disease prevention.
Despite these issues, some mainstream wellness enthusiasts still seem to trust D’Adamo’s theories and claim positive results. Whether you fully believe the Blood Type Diet works or doubt its validity, you can still find some factual benefits from following his research.
With that, let’s take a closer look at his Blood Type Diet.
The Blood Type Diet
D’Adamo asserts that type O individuals should feed more on red meat, poultry, greens, fish, and fruits. He believes they should lessen their consumption of dairy, grains, and legumes to shed stubborn calories.
This is easy enough to digest because nowadays, eating high-protein foods is no longer exclusive among athletes or bodybuilders. It has also been embraced by many people for how it lowers calorie intake, promotes muscle development, and aids in fat loss.
According to D’Adamo, Type A individuals can benefit from avoiding red meat, dairy, wheat, corn, and kidney beans. Instead, indulging in more fruit, vegetables, whole grains, seafood, turkey, and tofu can help them with weight loss goals and proper digestion.
Eliminating red meat from your diet can generally decrease your risk of multiple diseases such as obesity, cardiovascular illnesses, and diabetes.
Eating greens, eggs, low-fat dairy, goat, lamb, mutton, rabbit and venison can do you a lot of good if you are a Type B individual. According to D’Adamo, the biggest factors in adding up kilograms for this blood type group are corn, wheat, buckwheat, lentils, tomatoes, peanuts and sesame seeds. These can affect your metabolic process and render you fatigued or hypoglycemic.
He also advises that chicken should be avoided at all costs because it might lead to higher risks of stroke and immune disorders.
For the rarest of blood types, tofu, seafood, dairy, lamb, fish, grains, and greens are counted as the most beneficial. It’s best to avoid chicken, corn, buckwheat, and kidney beans because Type AB individuals are prone to low stomach acidity.
He also says refraining from alcohol consumption, smoking, cured meats, and caffeine is important for this particular blood type, although that works just as well for any blood type.
Listening to Your Body
Avoiding processed foods and simple carbs remain to be the bottom line in D’Adamo’s theory. While following his advice can be beneficial to all blood types in general, it’s helpful as individuals to listen to what our body needs. We can do this by focusing on how certain types of foods affect our body. Which foods make us bloated? Crampy? Lethargic? Energetic? These are all important questions to ask ourselves as we try new diets.
What do you think about D’Adamo’s blood type diet? Let us know in the comments section 🙂