Can eating a diet based on your blood type, including A, B, AB or O, help you get healthier and trim down? This is the idea behind the Blood Type Diet, made by naturopath Peter J. D’Adamo.

D’Adamo said that the foods you consume react chemically with your blood type. If you follow a diet that is designed for your blood type, your body will digest food more efficiently. You will have more energy, lose weight, and help prevent disease.

1. Type A

People who have blood type A are steered toward a vegetarian diet, that includes grains, soy proteins, and vegetables. Also, these people are encouraged to eat fresh and organic in as natural a state as possible.

According to Dr Peter D’Adamo, a naturopathic physician, and who wrote the book ‘Eat Right 4 your Blood Type‘, people who have type A blood, should follow a mostly vegetarian diet, due to the evolutionary scale. Type A blood appeared at about the time early people was moving to a more settled, agrarian lifestyle, and consuming a plant-based diet.

Today’s type-A individuals are predisposed to cancer, diabetes and heart disease, therefore, adopting a vegetarian diet with foods that are “pure, fresh, and organic” is essential for their sensitive immune systems.

Food to Eat: Fruits, vegetables, beans, grains, nuts, legumes, and seeds.

Foods to Avoid: Poultry, meat, dairy products, eggs, and limited amount of fish.

2. Type B:

People with Type B blood types are probably the most malleable of all of the groups, as they have the ability to thrive in changeable conditions. Unlike blood types O and A, which are at opposite ends of every spectrum, Type B’s position is fluid, living best on a balanced omnivore diet, that contains both plenty of plant-based and animal foods.

Food to Eat: Beef, lamb, salmon, turkey, dairy, cod, green leafy vegetables, olive oil, and some fruit.

Foods to Avoid: Wheat, corn, lentils, buckwheat, peanuts, tomatoes, and sesame seeds.

3. Type AB

The type AB blood is rare, that is found in less than 5% of the population, and is the newest of all the blood types. Type AB came from the intermingling of Type A with Type B, thus resulting in a blood group that shares both the benefits and challenges of both Type A and B blood.

According to Dr. D’Adamo, “Type AB blood type contains Type A’s low stomach acid, but, they also have Type B’s adaptation to meats. This means that, you lack enough stomach acid to metabolize the meat efficiently, and the meat you consume tends to get stored as fat.

Type AB should also avoid alcohol and caffeine, especially in stressful situations, and they should eat smaller, but more frequent meals.

Foods to Eat: Seafood, tofu, green vegetables, dairy, alkaline fruits and cultured dairy.

Foods to Avoid: Chicken, smoked or cured meats, corn and shellfish.

4. Type O

People with Type O’s thrive on animal protein, intense physical exercise, and efficiently digest and metabolize meat becuase of their high stomach-acid content. This means that when type O’s eat high quality animal proteins, they can ensure smooth functioning of the body, without undue metabolic stress.

Foods to Eat: Lean and chemical-free poultry, meats, fish, alkaline fruits such as plums and berries.

Food to Avoid: Grains, dairy products, vegetables from the Brassica family (cauliflower, cabbage, etc.), nightshade vegetables, legumes, breads, and beans.

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