In his book, Eat Right 4 Your Type, naturopath Peter D’Adamo prescribes diet, exercise and lifestyle plans for each of the four blood groups. Based on the theory that all food contains lectins that are compatible or incompatible with each blood type, the diet recommends that certain foods should be included and others avoided in order to minimise negative reactions to lectins.
Blood Type A – The Cultivator
For A Blood types, a suggested diet would be a predominantly vegetarian diet including soy, grains, fruits and vegetables.
However, type As have particularly sensitive digestive systems and should try to maintain a fresh and organic diet.
They should avoid dairy products and red meat.
In addition, Type As should engage in gentle and calming exercises such as golf, yoga and tai chi.
Blood Type B – The Nomad
Those with the B blood type have relatively tolerant digestive systems and can enjoy almost all foods including dairy, meat, eggs and vegetables.
Grains, lentils, nuts, tomatoes and processed foods should, however, be avoided.
It is recommended for Type Bs to take moderate exercise that requires mental balance, such as hiking, swimming, tennis and cycling.
Blood Type AB – The Enigma
Type AB’s dietary and exercise requirements are a hybrid of type A and type B requirements.
Its diet especially recommends seafood.
It is also suggested that tofu, dairy foods such as yoghurt, and green vegetables are beneficial. Type ABs also should eat smaller, more frequent meals.
Those of blood type AB have a long list of foods that should be avoided including chicken, beef and pork as well as smoked or cured meat. Also on the to-avoid list are beans, corn, wheat and seeds, as well as caffeine and alcohol.
Like type As, type ABs are recommended to take calming exercises.
Blood Type O – The Hunter
It is recommended that those with the O blood type eat foods high in protein such as red meat, fish and poultry.
They should also include fruits and vegetables in their diet.
However, they should avoid grains, breads, legumes and beans as well as dairy products, caffeine and alcohol.
The health regime for O types includes vigorous exercises such as aerobics, running and contact sports.