Is the "Eat Right for Your Blood Type" Diet Legitimate?


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There have been no studies directly comparing the health of people who participate in the Blood Type Diet with people who do not, so doctors are unable to comment on the legitimacy of this diet. However, one study did reveal that the cholesterol of people with certain blood types were lowered more than people with other blood types while on the Blood Type Diet.

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Created by naturopath Peter J. D'Adamo, the Blood Type Diet determines diet based on blood type. WebMD classifies this diet as requiring a high level of effort, especially since some blood types have severely restrictive diets. The Blood Type Diet also contains exercise recommendations based on blood type.

People with Type O blood should eat high-protein diets, avoid dairy and grains and supplement their weight loss efforts with up to an hour of vigorous aerobic activity. People with Type A blood should avoid meat entirely. Instead, they should focus on retooling their diets to focus on fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains. To help soothe their sensitive immune systems, D'Adamo recommends yoga or tai chi. People with Type B blood should eat green vegetables, eggs, meat and low-fat dairy, but refrain from consuming chicken, corn, grains, peanuts and tomatoes.

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