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Eating for your Blood Type: A diet you should consider.

By Jake Bottero

Could eating a diet based on your blood type -  O, A, B, or AB - help you trim down and get healthier? That's the idea behind the Blood Type Diet, created by naturopath Peter J. D'Adamo. My wife and I have been following the ideas in this book for years, and we find it really very helpful in staying healthy.

D'Adamo claims that the foods you eat react chemically with your blood type. D'Adamo suggests if you follow a diet designed for your blood type, your body will digest food more efficiently. You can lose weight, have more energy, and help prevent disease. D’Adamo proposes that protein components in food called lectins bind with antigens on blood cells and lead to blood cell clumping, or agglutination. Avoiding agglutination, D’Adamo argues, can improve health by helping people manage weight better and fight cancer and heart disease.

What should you eat for this diet? Of course, that depends on your blood type. Here's what D'Adamo recommends for each type:

Type O blood: A high-protein diet heavy on lean meat, poultry, fish, and vegetables, and light on grains, beans, and dairy. D'Adamo also recommends various supplements to help with stomach troubles and other issues he says people with type O tend to have.

Type A blood: A meat-free diet based on fruits and vegetables, beans and legumes, and whole grains -- ideally, organic and fresh, because D'Adamo says people with type A blood have a sensitive immune system.

Type B blood: Avoid corn, wheat, buckwheat, lentils, tomatoes, peanuts, and sesame seeds. Chicken is also problematic, D'Adamo says. He encourages eating green vegetables, eggs, certain meats, and low-fat dairy.

Type AB blood: Foods to focus on include tofu, seafood, dairy, and green vegetables. He says people with type AB blood tend to have low stomach acid. Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and smoked or cured meats.

There are a number of on-line resources for Eating for your Blood Type, many pro but also many con. I like this diet, but you should do your own research. Here a linky to the Google Search.

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