Developed by naturopathic physician Peter D’Adamo, the Eat Right For Your Blood Type diet advises people to eat certain foods based on their blood type: A, B, AB, or O.
D’Adamo claims that each blood type digests food proteins (called lectins) differently. Furthermore, he believes that eating the wrong foods containing the wrong lectins can cause ill effects on the body—including slower metabolism, bloating, and even certain diseases such as cancer. By avoiding the foods that are wrong for your blood type and eating foods that benefit your blood type, better health can be achieved.
Eat Right For Your Blood Type
Blood type A
Around 25,000 – 15,000 B.C in the developing stage of agriculture, this blood type went through the change of a lifetime. People with this blood type should be vegetarians, and they are also referred to as “the agrarians.”
After “the cultivation of grains and livestock changed everything” for humanity, this blood type developed based on “the need to fully utilize nutrients from carbohydrate sources.”
Low/no animal protein including dairy; moderate fat; moderate-high grains/cereals and legumes; no wheat. Similar to macrobiotic, vegetarian, and vegan diets plus wheat-free.
Foods to eat: vegetables, , berries, figs,whole grains (not pasta or bread), avocados, apples and peaches. Nuts and soy are the only proteins allowed.
Foods to avoid: any kind of meat, dairy products, and kidney beans.
40% of people in the USA have type A blood.
Blood type B
“The nomads” can adapt to dairy products and have the most versatile digestive tract. This blood type appeared 10,000 years ago.
According to D’Adamo, this blood type possesses “potential for great malleability” and is associated with a flexible digestive system. Type B dieters can tolerate dairy products and can also enjoy meat and most produce.
Moderate animal protein including dairy; moderate fat; moderate grains/cereals and legumes; wheat okay if not whole grain. Does not line up with any currently popular diets.
Foods to eat: fruits, green vegetables, certain grains, red meat, fish, turkey.
Foods to avoid: seeds, chicken, peanuts, lentils, corn, and buckwheat.
11% of people in the USA have blood type B.
Blood Type O
Type O (“The Hunter”) is the oldest blood type, from around 40,000 years ago.
This is the first blood type, the oldest of humanity. On his website, D’Adamo describes the type O ancestral prototype as “a canny, aggressive predator.” According to the diet plan, people with this blood type will benefit from a high-protein diet of lean meats and fish, limited grains and breads, and intense exercise.
Foods to eat: red meat, poultry (chicken, turkey), seafood and other proteins. From veggies, eat more kale, spinach, kelp and broccoli.
Foods to avoid: legumes (beans, peanuts, lentils), dairy products, eggs, wheat and grains.
45% percent of people in the U.S. have Type O blood.
Blood Type AB
These are “the enigmas,” because this blood type is only 1,000 years ago. It is a modern blood type, rare (found in less than 5% of the population).As this is the most recently developed type, the diet varies between blood type A and B.As the name implies, this blood type shares characteristics with types A and B.
Low-moderate animal protein including dairy but avoiding red meat; moderate fat; low-moderate grains/cereals and legumes; wheat considered neutral. Does not line up with any currently popular diets, although there is some similarity to the Mediterranean diet.
Foods to eat: turkey, tofu, seafood and fish, vegetables, beans, watermelon, figs, apples, bananas, legumes.
Foods to avoid: buckwheat, corn, red meat (causes stomach acid). Be careful when consuming alcohol and caffeine.
4% of people in the USA have blood type AB.
Check our(not D’adamo) full charts according to blood types A and O .(click on the letters)