Fad diets – Blood Group Diet

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Fad diets – Blood Group Diet

In this edition of Bestonhealth newsletter we are telling you about the Blood group diet

Blood Group Diet 

At first instance, the concept of eating according to a specific blood group appears very novel and amusing. This diet therapy is based on the recommendations of Dr. Peter J.D’ Adamo who believes that the blood type diet is the restoration of natural genetic rhythm. He further elaborates that blood type diet works because it is based on a cellular profile and genetic constitution which in turn are responsible for synergy with certain foods.

According to this theory all the food products can be divided into following three groups for all the blood groups (A, B, AB, O).

  • Highly beneficial – is a food that acts like a medicine
  • Neutral – is a food that acts like a food
  • Avoid – is a food that acts like poison

Following table will tell you about the food products which are beneficial, neutral and should be avoided depending on the blood group:

Blood group Food group Highly beneficial Neutral Avoid
O Meat poultry Beef Chicken Ham, Bacon
  Dairy products —– Butter Buttermilk, cottage cheese
  Oils and fats Olive, Linseed Canola, Sesame Corn,Groundnut, Safflower
  Beans/pulses Black-eyed beans Green peas, Chick peas Kidney beans, Lentils, Soybeans
  Cereals —– Barley, Rice bran, Rice puffed, Oatmeal Cornflakes, Wheat bran
  Carrot, Cucumber,
  Vegetables Okra, Onion, Spinach Mushroom, Tomatoes Cabbage, Cauliflower, Potatoes
  Fruits Figs, Plums, Prunes Apple, Banana, Mango, Pear Orange, Strawberry, Coconut
A Meat poultry —– Chicken Bacon, Mutton
  Dairy products Soya milk Yogurt Butter, Buttermilk
  Oils and fats Olive, Linseed Rapeseed Corn,Groundnut, Safflower
  Beans/pulses Lentils, Soya beans Green peas Chick peas, Kidney beans
  Cereals Amaranth, Buckwheat Cornflakes, Oatmeal Wheat bran, Wheat germ
  Vegetables Broccoli, Pumpkin, Spinach Carrot, Cauliflower Cabbage, Potato, Tomato
  Fruits Cherry, Pineapple, Prune, Plum Apple, Date, Guava, Pomegranate Banana, Coconut, Mango, Papaya
B Meat poultry Mutton Beef Chicken, Pork
  Dairy products Milk, Yogurt Butter, Buttermilk Ice-cream
  Oils and fats Olive Linseed, Cod liver Corn, Groundnut, Safflower
  Beans/pulses Kidney beans, Lima beans Green peas Chick peas, Lentils
  Cereals Oatmeal, Rice –puffed —– Cornflakes, Barley, Buckwheat, Wheat bran
  Vegetables Cabbage, Cauliflower, Carrot Cucumber, Spinach Pumpkin, Tomato, Radish
  Fruits Banana, Papaya Apple, Guava, Mango Coconut, Pomegranate
AB Meat poultry Lamb, Mutton —— Chicken, Bacon
  Dairy products Cottage cheese Milk, Yogurt Butter, Buttermilk, Ice-cream
  Oils and fats Olive Rapeseed, Linseed Corn, Sunflower, Safflower
  Beans/pulses Lentils, Soybean Green peas Chick peas, Kidney beans
  Cereals Oatmeal, Rice bran Barley, Wheat bran Buckwheat, Corn flakes
  Vegetables Cauliflower, Cucumber Cabbage, Carrot, Potato Radish, Pepper
  Fruits Cherry, Fig, Grapes Apple, Date, Orange Banana, Coconut, Mango, Guava

One has to take the food items according to this table and should avoid the food items mentioned in the extreme right column.

Pros:

  • This diet plan is a definite advancement over one-diet-for-all concept of diet plans.
  • This diet plan is able to explain that why similar weight loss diet plans does not produce same results in one and all.

Cons:

  • More research is needed on this concept because, at present, there are too many questions unanswered.

This diet plan is difficult to follow as it provides very less food choices (especially for vegetarians).

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