[Peter D’Adamo, a naturopathic doctor]:The Blood Type Diet can help you eliminate the toxins and fats that contribute to obesity

The Blood Type  can help you eliminate the toxins and fats that contribute to obesity
The Blood Type Diet can help you eliminate the toxins and fats that contribute to obesity

HERE’S THE BOTTOM LINE: We are predisposed to certain strengths and weaknesses according to our blood types. We can maximize our strengths and minimize our weaknesses by knowing what our bodies need and by feeding ourselves and our families accordingly.
The crux of Eat Right for Your Type resides in the fact that certain foods complement certain blood types. Other foods antagonize and debilitate particular blood types. By stressing the complementary foods and eliminating clearly antagonistic foods, you can promote the best possible balance for your immune and digestive systems. Most of your compatible foods correspond to your blood type’s evolutionary development. In other words, the foods that fit your blood type are often the very foods that were predominant at the time in history when your blood type first appeared. For example:

Do You Know Your Blood Type?

There are several ways to find out your blood type.
1. Donate blood. Also note that blood banks will often perform a blood type test for a fee, even if you don’t wish to give blood.
2. Ask your doctor—but don’t be surprised if he or she doesn’t know. When blood is drawn for routine cholesterol screening or other factors, blood typing is not normally done unless it has been requested.
3. Refer to the appendices of this post to order an easy, accurate at-home blood type testing kit.

If you are Type O, you respond best to a high-protein diet, including meat, poultry, fish, and a variety of fruits and vegetables. Many grains, legumes, and dairy products are incompatible with your blood type.
If you are Type A, you thrive on a primarily vegetarian diet, including soy products, beans and legumes, grains, vegetables, and fruits, with small portions of fish.
If you are Type B, your optimal diet includes game meat like rabbit and venison as well as herd meats, such as lamb and mutton. However, Type B should avoid chicken. Unlike Type O and Type A, Type B benefits from a variety of dairy products. Some grains, beans, and legumes cause problems for Type B, but there is a wide selection of vegetables and fruits available. In almost every respect, the Type B Diet is the most varied.
If you are Type AB, your diet is more complex—a combination of Type A and Type B. Type AB can eat most of the foods that are good for these blood types, but must avoid or limit most of the foods that agglutinate them. The best diet for Type AB consists primarily of vegetarian fare, with modest supplements of meat and dairy.
In the following pages you will find detailed charts and information that will help you Eat Right for Your Type. That means emphasizing the foods you find on the Highly Beneficial lists, restricting the foods you should Avoid, and incorporating the wide range of Neutral foods in a balanced and healthy way. As hundreds of thousands of people have discovered, eating right for your blood type can produce extraordinary and almost immediate results in combating allergies or other chronic conditions. Following your Blood Type Diet can also result in immediate changes—weight loss, restoration of normal insulin production, cessation of troublesome digestive problems, and an increase in energy and stamina. The long-term benefits are even more meaningful. The Blood Type Diet can help you combat serious illnesses, such as cancer and cardiovascular disease, avoid common viruses and infections, eliminate the toxins and fats that contribute to obesity, and slow the process of cell deterioration that accompanies aging. And the best news of all is that you can achieve all of these benefits while enjoying a healthy, satisfying, and varied diet. Cook Right for Your Type will provide you with wonderful recipes, food preparation hints, nutritional tips, and menus that will show you how to start eating right for your type. Good living and good health are yours to enjoy.

What Nutrition Really Means

CATCH AS CATCH CAN DESCRIBES THE ORIGINAL DIET of humankind perfectly. Early humans were essentially carnivorous scavengers. If we were able to catch it, we ate it. That is not to say that our early ancestors ate nothing but meat. Plant life has always been part of the human diet. Humans are essentially omnivores (meat and plant eaters) rather than herbivores (plant eaters) or carnivores (meat eaters). But we are omnivores with many variations. There are cultures whose primary source of food comes from animals, such as the traditional Inuits of the Arctic region and the Masai tribes of Africa. Other cultures, such as the Bantus of Africa, are herbivores, and live as vegetarians. These seeming extremes are in perfect sync with his work on blood type. The carnivorous Inuits and Masai have large numbers of Type Os in their populations, while the effects of Type A development can be seen in the vegan Bantus in such strength that they have a blood subtype named for them—Type A-Bantu.

When we look at the effects of food on blood type in our ancestors, the picture is relatively simple. However, in modern times, we have complicated the picture, sometimes with disastrous consequences. Advances in agricultural methods and processing techniques began to strip foodstuffs of their essential ingredients and further remove them from their natural state. For example, the refining of rice using new milling techniques in twentieth-century Asia caused a scourge of beriberi, a thiamine-deficiency disease, which resulted in millions of deaths. Another such example is the substitution of bottle-feeding for breast-feeding among poor families in developing countries. This practice has been responsible for a great deal of malnutrition, diarrhea, and death.
Perhaps the most significant trend has been the gradual change from a variety of carbohydrates to a dependence on grains, especially hybridized wheat. We now know that heavy consumption of grains and beans has contributed to diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and many other serious illnesses.

These foods are particularly high in lectins that react, in varying degrees, to all blood types.
Another trend that has had negative consequences for our health is the refining of sugar and the hydrogenization of fat. The meat our ancestors ate was very lean and rangy. Today’s ranchers wouldn’t think of trying to sell that meat. The marbled, fatty flavor of beef has become the standard for Western taste buds. The kind of meat that allowed humanity to thrive—lean, organic, and free of chemicals, pesticides, and hormones—was a far cry from a fatty T-bone steak or double cheeseburger.

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