Blood is a critical ingredient in nearly every system of the human body. Therefore it makes sense that an ideal diet would be dictated by what is best for our blood. In recent decades, diets based on blood type have become more popular generally and have gained more respect among the medical community.
This is an introduction to the four human blood types, their characteristics, and some examples of which foods to embrace and which to avoid.
Type O – Original
This is the blood type of earliest humans. It is also the most common – 45% of the population.
They require a higher protein, meat based diet. Mix 30% proteins, 40% carbohydrates, and 30% fats.
Proteins – Meats and fish of all kinds; avoid most dairy, but eggs and plant based milks are beneficial.
Carbohydrates – Few fruits, vegetables, and grains; carbs are difficult to get for this type.
Fats – Monounsaturated oils are very beneficial; so are mono and polyunsaturated nuts and seeds.
Type A – Agrarian
They were able to survive and thrive through the agricultural revolution. They evolved eating plant based foods like fruits, vegetables, and grains. It is shared by 40% of the population. Combine 25% proteins, 50% carbohydrates, and 25% fats.
Proteins – No meats; seafood is good; poultry is okay; plant based are best.
Carbohydrates – Vegetables are the basis of this diet; small quantities of fruit.
Fats – Nuts and monounsaturated oils are the most beneficial.
Type B – Balanced
They combine the diets of the hunter and the plant eater. The ideal mix for them is 30% proteins, 40% carbohydrates, and 30% fats.
Proteins – Game is the best meat source; avoid chicken; seafood and dairy are excellent.
Carbohydrates – Limit beans and legumes; most vegetables are good; avoid tomatoes and coconuts.
Fats – Macadamias are high in good fat (for this type); olive oil is best; avoid peanut and sesame oils.
Type AB – Modern
This is the rarest blood type – 2-5%. They have the most limited range of foods available. The recommended ratio is 25% proteins, 50% carbohydrates, and 25% fats.
Proteins – Mostly game meats; seafood is good but no shellfish; eggs can be eaten regularly.
Carbohydrates – Moderate beans and legumes; sprouted wheat not whole wheat; avoid corn; most pastas are tolerated; most vegetables and fruits are beneficial but avoid acidic fruits and bananas.
Fats – Olive oil is best; many nuts are available, but avoid peanuts, sesame and sunflower seeds, and nut butters.
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