When it comes to eating healthy, the only one that know what is best for you is your body. Your DNA controls how your body reacts to certain external factors. It determines your allergies, your physical build and how everything works together. So why would you not eat based on your DNA as well?
Now, I know that not everyone has a DNA analysis machine lying around somewhere in the kitchen. What you do have, or in this case know, is the basic component of your DNA. Your blood type – O, A, B, or AB. Knowing your blood type can closely group you into a certain diet based on how your body functions.
Eat Right for You Type diet explains and encourages people to eat based on their body’s needs. Peter J. D’Adamo, ND, the author of Eat Right for Your Type, believes blood types affect the digestive system differently and that some foods, good for people of one type, are “dangerous” for another, allergies. Some critics claim that this diet may suit those who are looking for a program that doesn’t involve tracking calories. However, for D’Adamo, it is about using your blood type to determine your susceptibility to certain illnesses, as well as exercise that will benefit you the most.
Alright let’s start the explanation part. D’Adamo believes the right diet for your blood type comes down to lectins, food proteins each blood type digests differently. If you eat foods containing lectins incompatible with your blood type, the results can include inflammation, bloating, a slower metabolism, even diseases such as cancer. The best way to avoid these effects is to eat foods meant for your blood type.
All foods fall into three categories on the Eat Right for Your Type diet:
1. Beneficial – foods that act like medicine
2. Neutral – foods that act like food
3. Avoid – foods that act like poison
Here is a little preview of what each blood types diet consists of:
Type O is for “old,”
This blood type is humans oldest tracked blood line. These people have a digestive tract which retains the memory of ancient diets, so your metabolism will benefit from lean proteins like poultry and fish. You’re also advised to restrict grains, breads, and legumes. Plus you also have to enjoy vigorous exercise.
Type A is for “agrarian”
These people depend on agriculture for their sustenance. They should stick with vegetarian diets. The type A diet contains soy proteins, grains, and organic vegetables and encourages gentle exercise which can be seen in the more settled and less warlike farming ancestors. Now You can eat meat too but try eating palmed sized portions.
This one comes from our nomadic past and has a relatively tolerant digestive system. This blood type can enjoy low-fat dairy, meat, and produce but should avoid wheat, corn, and lentils. Moderate exercise should be the norm for these folks.
Type AB the “modern”
It’s a combination of Type A and B. The blood type AB has a sensitive digestive tract and should avoid chicken, beef, and pork but can enjoy seafood, tofu, dairy, and most produce. Somewhat delicate you can say.
It makes sense when this diet talks about different reactions to foods. Like my husband and I, I am allergic to peanuts, coconut, and mushrooms, while my husband is allergic to shrimp. Different blood types different digestions. Now there is little research to back up the findings, many critics will agree that the nutritional guidance in the diet is sound. There are healthy eating tips in this diet, regardless of whether or not your blood-type is the angle you are considering. But, as far as diets go, this is a very interesting way to look at the reasons some people gain weight and others don’t eating the same foods. Give it a try. Learning how to eat right for your body type has been popular for years – now it’s time to eat right according to your blood type.