The Blood Group Diet

The Blood Type Diet or Blood Group Diet will require you to follow a specific food plan suitable for your blood type. Dr Peter D’Adamom created this particular diet and published “Eat Right for your Type”, a book explaining the basis of the diet and lists down the kinds of food appropriate for each blood type. The book, first released in 1996 has since made it to the New York Times best sellers list.

This diet works on the premise that the body has different reactions to food depending on a person’s blood type. One of the reasons this is so, according to the doctor, is that the secretion of gastric juices varies for every blood type. Dr D’Adamon also theorizes that lentins, a protein found on the surface some foods can cause serious kidney problems for people with certain blood types.

The program categorizes each blood type under the following diet profiles- Type O: Meat eaters, Type A: Vegetarians, Type B: Omnivores, and Type AB: Mixed diet eaters.

This means that those who have type O blood can eat all kinds of meat and can have fruits and vegetables but must avoid corn, wheat, cabbage, dairy products and beans. Those who have Type A blood must avoid all kinds of meat, dairy, wheat and legumes. They should only eat seafood, tofu, vegetable, legumes and fruits. People with Type B blood can have meat (except chicken), legumes, dairy, beans, fruits, vegetables and should only avoid seeds ,peanuts, lentils, corn, wheat and peanuts. Those who have Type AB blood must stick to the vegetarian diet with occasional intake of meat, tofu, legumes, beans, fruits, grains, and vegetables. The complete list of foods allowed for each blood type is included in Dr. D’Adamon’s book.

People follow this diet for the following reasons:

  1. It promotes over-all health. Weight-loss is not the program’s main thrust but it does come as one of the end results
  2. It easier to follow than some diets. Once you know under which diet profile you fall, you can eat any of the foods listed under that category
  3. Most of the foods recommended in the diet are unprocessed, natural food

Critics cite the following reasons why people should not jump to this diet:

  1. The diet increases the risk of heart disease for people with Type O blood
  2. Restrictions of certain types of foods also restrict the intake of particular nutrients. The dieter must find other sources of these nutrients other than the foods not allowed in the specific diet plan.