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Since first hearing about the “eat for your blood type” theory, I’ve been intrigued by its validity. Are you familiar with this idea? That there are certain foods — and appropriate servings per day of foods — that are best for each person based on his or her blood type?

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It’s an idea that was introduced by naturopath James D’Adamo, and he’s traced the different blood types back to their origins and geographies, using that information to come up with an idea list of foods for each type. I find it interesting, if nothing else. D’Adamo has his share of skeptics, especially since there’s never been any formalized research done to help give a glimpse into the theory’s validity. Still, it’s fun to read about what foods are recommended (or ones I should avoid) based on my Type A Negative blood.

According to D’Adamo, I should be eating a predominately produce-filled diet. Apparently, we Type A folks do well as vegetarians because we have the digestive enzymes and bacteria it takes to digest grains and plants that other blood types might have a rough time breaking down.

The theory recommends that fruit, veggies, nuts, grains, and soy should make up the majority of my diet, and that I should go easy on fish, poultry, and red meat. D’Adamo recommends Type A people limit their sugar (no!!!), caffeine, and alcohol intake and that they not skip meals, especially breakfast.

I have no idea if there’s any truth to this diet theory, but I do find it interesting that I’m naturally drawn to the foods that are what I should be eating the most of according to this school of thought. I eat far more produce and nuts than I do meat, and often choose veggie/vegan options when eating out. (I do have a major sweet tooth, though, so that part doesn’t really fit well.)

Take a look at the complete list and see if your diet also aligns with what D’Adamo prescribes. Do you find yourself naturally drawn to the foods you’re “supposed” to eat? Do you notice that you feel better/more energetic when you eat the suggested way? Do you think it has merit, or is completely off base?

 

 

 

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