Date: Thu, Apr 30, 2015 at 4:49 AM
Blood Type Diet
- by Wikipedia
- an excerpt
The blood type diets are fad diets advocated by several authors, the most prominent of which is Peter J. D'Adamo.
These diets are based on the notion that ABO blood type is the most important factor in determining a healthy diet and each recommends distinct diets for each blood type.
The consensus among dietitians, physicians, and scientists is that these diets are unsupported by scientific evidence.
Date: Thu, Apr 30, 2015 at 4:43 AM
Eat Right For Your Type
- by Peter J. D'Adamo
Blood Type Diet
From: "Eat Right For Your Type" by Peter J. D'Adamo, N. D. (G. P. Putnam's Sons, New York, 1996).
What You Can Eat on This Diet
What you can eat -- and how you exercise -- on this diet depends on who you are.
If you're blood type O ("for old," as in humanity's oldest blood line) your digestive tract retains the memory of ancient times, says D'Adamo, so you're metabolism will benefit from lean meats, poultry, and fish. You're advised to restrict grains, breads, and legumes, and to enjoy vigorous exercise.
Type A ("for agrarian") flourishes on vegetarian diets, "the inheritance of their more settled and less warlike farmer ancestors," says D'Adamo. The type A diet contains soy proteins, grains, and organic vegetables and encourages gentle exercise.
The nomadic blood type B has a tolerant digestive system and can enjoy low-fat dairy, meat, and produce but, among other things, should avoid wheat, corn, and lentils, D'Adamo says. If you're type B, it's recommended you exercise moderately.
The "modern" blood type AB has a sensitive digestive tract and should avoid chicken, beef, and pork but enjoy seafood, tofu, dairy, and most produce. The fitness regimen for ABs is calming exercises.
How the Diet Works
D'Adamo rejects the idea that one diet fits all. With four unique blood types, why shouldn't we have four specialized diet plans, he asks. The right diet for your blood type comes down to lectins, food proteins each blood type digests differently, D'Adamo maintains. If you eat foods containing lectins incompatible with your blood type, he says, you may experience inflammation, bloating, a slower metabolism, even diseases such as cancer. The best way to avoid these effects is to eat foods meant for your blood type.
All foods fall into three categories on the Eat Right for Your Type diet:
Beneficial foods for your blood type act like medicine, neutral foods like food, while avoid foods "act like a poison," says D'Adamo. For example, type Os should steer clear of whole wheat and wheat germ because "eating gluten is like putting the wrong kind of octane in your car ... it clogs the works," D'Adamo says.