Breaking Down the Blood Type Diet

Celebrating its 15th year of chart-topping success, Eat Right for Your Type is a book authored by Dr. Peter D’Adamo that uses humans’ 4 blood types to create specialized diets that promote healthy weight, ample energy, and better overall lifestyle. The diets use simple logic based on extensive research into biochemical activity, thereby popularizing the concept of individual nutrition. Since the book’s release, Dr. D’Adamo has continued his research and authored 18 subsequent books in the series. He claims that a person’s blood type is the most important factor in a person’s ideal diet, asserting that food “lectins” react differently with each blood type. He warns against eating foods containing lectins incompatible with your blood type, as you may experience inflammation, bloating, a slower metabolism, even diseases such as cancer.

Here’s the main breakdown with some recipes to get you started:

A-Type: Called The Agrarian or The Cultivator. You should emphasize vegetables and produce for maximum efficiency. Low-fats and less red meat will control irrational cravings. Also, stay away from dairy which aggravates the delicate digestive system. You have “the inheritance of more settled and less warlike farmer ancestors,” says Dr. D’Adamo. This type diet contains soy proteins*, grains, and organic vegetables and encourages gentle exercise. For a snack, try “Artichoke and Spinach Dip” with sheep’s feta cheese and spelt-crackers. (*Soy should be eaten sparingly as it increases hormonal estrogen in both men and women.)

B-Type: Called The Nomad. You have the strongest immune system with a flexible digestive system.  You are also the only type to thrive on dairy products. However, you should avoid wheat, corn, and lentils, D’Adamo says. If you’re type B, moderate exercise is recommended. For dessert, whip up some “Chocolate Éclairs” using rice milk, arrowroot starch, and butter for a beautiful pate a choux.

O-Type: Called The Hunter. You need a protein-rich diet of lean meats, poultry, and fish to keep you satisfied and maintain energy. Peak productivity will result with this diet for you. Thought to be humanity’s oldest bloodline, your digestive tract retains “the memory of ancient times,” says D’Adamo.  Your metabolism will benefit from restricting grains, breads, and legumes. Don’t be afraid to enjoy vigorous exercise. For an entrée, make “Bacon Double Cheeseburger Meatloaf” with lean turkey meat and organic cheddar cheese.

AB-Type: Called The Enigma. You will thrive on a diet which balances the A and B diets. This is thought to be the most recently evolved blood type within the last 1,000 years. This “modern” type has a sensitive digestive tract and should avoid chicken, beef, and pork. You can enjoy seafood, tofu, dairy, and most produce guilt-free. Try calming exercise such as meditation-based regimens, swimming, or beginning dance. For an appetizer, serve “Asparagus and Tofu Stir Fry” with pine nuts and dried ginger.

Of course, this theory is met with many criticisms, which should be adequately entertained to assess its validity and effectiveness before you change your diet completely. I know, personally, this diet syncs with my blood type and personal experience with digestive problems. Good luck!