The Blood Group Diet

Thursday, 05 November 2015 921 Views 0 Comments
The Blood Group Diet

By Prachi Mandholia

Here’s a look at a fad diet that’s all the rage with athletes

A blood type diet is based on the principal that when you consume food, a chemical reaction occurs between food and your blood. Based on your blood type, your digestive system shows favoritism for certain foods.

The blood group diet helps you make informed choices about what foods to eat and which ones to avoid; what exercise is most suited for your body and the diseases you are predisposed to. By following this diet you can improve your energy levels, enhance weight loss and improve digestive problems.

Type O

People with type O fare best on intense physical activity. They need exercise to release their stress, fears and anxieties. Type O must eat animal proteins like lean beef, chicken, and fish. They must avoid dairy and gluten products like wheat. Beans and legumes should be taken in moderation as they interfere with digestion and cause fluid retention.

Type A

They are naturally suited to a vegetarian diet and to foods that are fresh, pure and organic. Fill up on plant proteins from nuts, seeds, beans and soy. Fewer meat-producing enzymes are produced by this blood type, so people with this group would find it hard to digest meat-based products. This dietary adjustment is very crucial to their sensitive immune system. You significantly benefit from calming exercises like yoga and tai chi.

Type B

They generally have a strong immune system, a tolerant digestive system, and tend to resist many of the severe chronic degenerative illnesses, or at least survive them better than other blood types. They can thrive on all sorts of foods. Processed foods and high carb foods should be restricted. They do well with lean meat, fish, dairy and fruits. Type B’s require moderate physical exercises such as easy hikes, cycling, tennis, and swimming.

Type AB

People with this rare blood type have a sensitive digestive tract. They have B’s adaptation to meats, but A’s low stomach acid, which means meat is stored as fat. AB’s should rely on vegetables, sea-food and turkey. Red meat is to be eaten sparingly. AB’s can do well with milk and eggs. AB’s should combine engage in calming exercises, like yoga, as also moderate intensity exercises like running or biking.

Cons of the blood group diet:

This diet is short on science. It does not take into account your medical history, current or target body weight, food preferences and dislikes, food allergies or intolerances, diet history, etc.


Prachi Mandholia, M. S. R. D., is a Registered Dietitian and a Certified Diabtes Educator. She is based out of Mumbai, India. She is a Practicing Clinical Nutritionist and Columnist, passionate about making changes in lifestyle. She is reachable at


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