Find out how the trending blood group diet impacts your body…
Diet for your blood type
What’s common between Akshay Kumar, Demi Moore, Sanjay Dutt, Miranda Kerr, Taapsee Pannu and Courteney Cox? Besides being known for their fit bodies, they all follow the blood group diet… What exactly is the blood group diet? According to Tripti Gupta, founder, iPink The Color Of Health, the blood group diet is when you are eating according to your blood type —O, A, B and AB. This diet, invented by Dr Peter D’Adamo, in his book ‘Eat Right For Your Type’, suggests that diets can be followed by an individual as per his/ her blood group. The chemical reaction to digest the food begins soon after ingestion. This reaction takes place between the lectin (sugarbinding proteins) present in the food and the blood, which has a direct effect on the organs of the body.
Advantages Of The Diet
Channelizing your diet based on the blood group can help you become aware of your exact body needs. It provides satisfaction from within, thus minimizing external cravings. If your diet is working well for you, then your body will always be self-sufficient and you won’t crave for food all the time, thus helping in weightloss too.
However, it is not recommended to completely rely on the blood group diet, because apart from the blood group, there are a lot of factors that would influence a person’s diet such as genetic factors, lifestyle etc. Most Indians are vegetarians, in which case it’s very hard to follow only a blood group diet. For example, O blood group people should eat a lot of fish and meat, for their protein intake. But if the person is vegetarian, it will be very hard to substitute the protein intake. Even if they have protein from vegetarian sources, many people are intolerant to many beans and dairy products.
It provides satisfaction from within, thus minimizing external cravings. If your diet is working well for you, then your body will always be self-sufficient and won’t crave for food all the time, thus helping in weight-loss too.
Reportedly, type A people are more immune to heart disease, cancer and diabetes. It is particularly important for the sensitive type A people to get their food in as natural a state as possible.
Knowing your blood type, testing your genetics, and finding out what you are allergic to, will also help.
Diets As Per The Blood Group
Nevertheless, here’s explaining the food to eat for different blood groups.
Unlike other blood group types, O blood group people have high stomach-acid content. Thus, they can digest meat easily, and are physically more active. Opt For: A high protein diet - lean meat, fish, egg etc. Drink a lot of water, as with protein, water intake should also be more to help absorb it. Consume a lot of iron, as iron helps absorb the proteins and other nutrients in the body. Iron can be consumed in the form of leafy vegetables too. Consume more alkaline fruits like berries, raisins, apples, mango, banana, peach etc, as the stomach already has a high acid content. Avoid: Supplement-based diets (vitamin tablets or protein powders). Citrus fruits. Dairy products but you can enjoy butter, soymilk, goat cheese, feta and mozzarella cheese in small amounts, as dairy triggers digestive issues in the body.
Reportedly, type A people are more immune to heart disease, cancer and diabetes. It is particularly important for the sensitive type A people to get their food in as natural a state as possible. They also have low acid content compared to other blood groups and therefore, will find it difficult to digest meat. Opt For: Fruit juices. It keeps the body hydrated and also suits this blood type. Citrus fruits. Soya, tofu and nuts to complete the requirement of proteins. Vegetables to provide minerals, vitamins and antioxidants, and the protein requirement can be fulfilled by beans. Avoid: Dairy products, as
they are poorly digested by them. Potatoes, sweet potatoes, yam, cabbage, tomatoes and pepper, as type A people are sensitive to the lectins in them. Fruits like mangoes, papaya and oranges. They can cause extra stress to the digestive system.
The type B diet is balanced and wholesome. B blood group people can tolerate all kinds of food, and can include a wide variety of foods in their diet. They need to eat everything – veggies, fruits, meat, fish and dairy.
According to Dr Peter D’Adamo, being the rarest blood type, AB group people have the qualities of both A and B. They should try to keep their pH neutral by consuming a mix of both groups. Opt For: Eggs, fish and dairy products as they are very beneficial for them. Legumes like beans, soy, peanuts and green lentils. Neutral vegetables like beet, broccoli, celery, cucumber and eggplant (brinjal). More fruit juices to hydrate the body. Avoid: Red meat and chicken.
People with negative RH factor (any blood group) tend to have a weak immune system, so their ability to digest becomes difficult. The nourishment and absorption level is also low. While comparing positives to negatives, it is always observed that people with negative blood groups take longer to achieve positive results, especially if they are trying to correct their medical conditions. For such people, the diet always has to be more concentrated. Be it fruits, juices, vegetables or meat, they need more of everything for their body to get the required nutrients. HARSHA ADVANI
For negative blood group people, the diet always has to be more concentrated. Be it fruits, juices, vegetables or meat, they need more of everything for their body to get the required nutrients.
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