The Blood Type Diet: Real or Rubbish?!


I’m a sucker for most ‘categorising’ things, like I love astrology (a Cancerian, in case you’re wondering!) and will spend hours on any type of personality test or quiz (…a Type A/ Expressive). So when I heard of The Blood Type Diet (BTD) I was all over it as the BTD states that a person’s blood type can influence what foods they should and should not eat in order to flourish, what exercise is best suited to their bodies and even what personality traits they may have… Have a gone a step too far?! Stay with me just a bit longer!

I began reading James D’Adamo’s (a naturopathic physician) teachings on the Blood Type Diet and a lot of what he was saying and recommending made sense to me.

Take me for instance, I’m a Type A and according to the BTD in order for me to be in tiptop condition I need my sleep and quiet time and my body prefers calming and centring exercises like yoga. It says that I also have a very reactive liver and need to be careful with stress… All of which are 100% correct! It also recommends a vegetarian diet, which is funny as I’m trying out vegetarianism this month and I feel great, like really really great! So I seem to be a classic Type A.

Take a look at the following (taken from the amazing ‘Wellness Warrior’s’ website) and see for yourself if you agree or think I’ve lost the plot on this one…

Type O

Traits: Strong, hunter, leader, self-reliant, goal-oriented

Strengths: hardy digestive tract, strong immune system, natural defenses against infections, efficient metabolism, shorter small intestines, less chance for cancer

Weaknesses: Low tolerance for new diets and new environments, immune system can be over-active and attack itself

Health risk: Low thyroid, inflammation, arthritis, blood-clotting disorders, ulcers because they get overly acidic

Diet profile: red meat, strong enzymes to digest meat, high protein, vegetables, fruit

Weightloss: Reduce: wheat/corn, baked goods, kidney beans, navy beans, lentils, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, mustard. Increase: kelp, seafood, salt, liver, red meat, kale, spinach, broccoli

Supplements: Vitamin A, vitamin K, calcium, iodine, licorice, kelp

Exercise: Intense physical exercise, such as: running, aerobics, contact sports, martial arts, power yoga

Type A

Traits: Cooperative, sensitive, orderly, settled, cultivator

Strengths: Adapts well to changes in diet and environment, little need for animal food, immune system preserves and metabolises nutrients more easily

Weaknesses: Sensitive digestive tract, vulnerable immune system, open to microbial invasion

Health risks: heart disease, cancer, anemia, liver and gallbladder disorders, type 1 diabetes

Diet profile: classic vegan, vegetarian, vegetables, tofu, seafood, grains, beans, legumes, fruit

Weight loss: Reduce: meat, dairy, kidney beans, lima beans, wheat. Increase: vegetable oil, vegetables, pineapple

Supplements: vitamin B-12 for vegan type, folic acid, vitamin C, vitamin E, hawthorn, Echinacea

Exercise: calming, centering exercises, such as: yoga, tai chi

Type B

Traits: Nomad, flexible, creative

Strengths: Strong immune system, versatile adaptation to changes in diet and environment, strong nervous system, tolerates chaos

Weaknesses: No natural weaknesses, tendency toward auto-immune breakdowns and rare viruses

Health risks: Type 1 diabetes, chronic fatigue syndrome, auto-immune disorders: Lou Gehrig’s disease, lupus, multiple sclerosis

Diet profile: omnivore, meat (no chicken), dairy, grains, beans, legumes, vegetables, fruit

Weight loss: Reduce: corn, lentil, peanuts, sesame seeds, buckwheat, wheat. Increase: greens, eggs, venison, liver, licorice tea

Supplements: Magnesium, licorice, ginkgo, lecithin

Exercise: moderate physical, with mental balance, such as: hiking, biking, tennis, swimming

Type AB

Traits: Rare, enigma, mysterious, highly sensitive

Strengths: Designed for modern life, rugged immune system, combined benefits of Type A and Type B

Weaknesses: Sensitive digestive tract, tendency for over-tolerant immune system that allows for microbial invasion

Health risks: Heart disease, cancer, anemia

Diet profile: Mixed diet in moderation: meat, seafood, dairy, tofu, beans, legumes, grains, vegetables, fruit

Weight loss: Reduce: red meat, kidney beans, lima beans, seeds, corn, buckwheat. Increase: tofu, seafood, good quality dairy, greens, kelp, pineapple

Supplements: Vitamin C, hawthorn, Echinacea, valerian, quercitin, milk thistle

Exercise: Calming, centering exercises, such as: yoga, tai chi. Combined with moderate physical exercises, such as: hiking, cycling, tennis

I’ll leave you make up our own mind on this one but if you are interested in finding out more, here’s a link to the ‘official’ BTD website

Or for more info and recipes to suit your blood type, check out Miranda Kerr’s health blog


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