Blood Group Diet

For years various theories have emerged about whether our blood group might affect our dietary needs – and even our personalities! Some people really believe it and swear by it, others dismiss it.

Many feel that certain foods can act like poisons to certain blood types. Why? Because of genetics.

Have you heard of the ‘blood type diet’ advocated by Peter D’Adamo in his book ‘Eat Right 4 Your Type’?

D’Adamo believes that our idividual blood group can affect the digestive system and that different foods affect different blood types in very different ways. He goes as far as saying that our blood type can even determine our susceptibility to certain illnesses and then goes even further in believing that we should consider our blood type when thinking about exercise.

Blood Group O:  Widely believed to be the earliest human blood group (although some research has shown that group A was actually the first). It is associated with hunter gatherer cultures and therefore thought to be more suited to higher protein diets.

Blood Group A: The type A diet recommends that individuals should have more of a vegetarian diet and avoid red meat. They should exercise gently, and reduce stress through meditation.

Blood Group B: D’Adamo associates this with a strong immune system and a flexible digestive system. They should exercise moderately.

Blood Group AB: He says this blood group is the most recently evolved type. In terms of diet and exercise he puts it as somewhere between blood types A and B.

To back up his theories he cites the works of biochemists and glycobiologists who have researched blood groups, claiming or implying that their research supports this theory. But many dispute his ideas.

Is there any truth in this theory?

It is increasingly clear that a diet that works for one person doesn’t work for another but so far nobody seems to be able to say for sure why that is. Whether our blood type is part of that has not been proven either way.

Research is continually looking for answers and explanations concerning the food we eat and the exercise we do and a multi billion dollar industry has grown out of our quest for health and fitness.

The ‘Eat Right 4 Your Type’ book does make you think and look at things from a different perspective.