What is the Blood Type Diet?

by | Updated: December 3rd, 2016 | Read time: 2 minutes

Are you an A+? Maybe a B-?

No, I’m not asking about your grades in high school math. I’m talking about your blood type! Each person has a specific type, and yours may determine more than to whom you can donate.

The blood type diet was created by naturopathic physician Dr. Peter D’Adamo and is based on the principle that each unique blood type responds differently to nutrients, enzymes and even exercise. After decades of research, Dr. D’Adamo published “Eat Right 4 Your Type,” a book that details the differences between the blood types and offers dietary and lifestyle recommendations for each.

Type A: According to the blood type diet, those with type A blood (including A+ and A-) are said to fare best with a vegetarian diet, rich in fresh, organic fruits and vegetables, soy proteins and grains. Type A’s are also said to be sensitive to extreme stimulation, such as large crowds and strong smells.

Type B: When it comes to blood type B, the diet calls for avoidance of specific foods, such as chicken, corn, wheat and tomatoes. Instead, B’s are said to do well with green veggies, low-fat dairy foods and certain meats such as lamb.

Type O: Those with type O blood may be especially susceptible to stomach issues but may benefit the most from regular, brisk exercise. Dietary recommendations for type O’s include lean meats, poultry and fish.


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