Now, blood group to dictate your diet

We all know that a balanced intake is the key to a healthy and happy living. However, the food consumed has better impact if taken according to one’s blood type. The concept of diet plans based on blood type was evolved by American naturopath Dr D’Adamo.

According to his central hypothesis, a person will be best nourished by the diet that was predominant when his or her blood type emerged.

Dr Shweta Dewan, consultant nutritionist at Slimage Diet Clinic, says the different blood types – O, A, B and AB – are genetic variations that appeared at various points in human evolution.

“For instance, type O blood is thought to be the oldest surviving blood type, corresponding with the hunter-gatherer period. Type A blood appeared roughly 20,000 years ago, coinciding with the dawn of primitive agriculture and the introduction of things like legumes and cereal grains of the human diet. The other blood type emerged when humans were not only farming but also keeping livestock and consuming dairy products,” she says.

Going with the emergence of different blood types, people with type A blood will be healthier eating a more plant-based diet, while lots of meat suit those who have O blood group. Types B and AB are the lucky ones who can eat anything.

“As per this concept, people with A blood type should basically stick to a diet which is high on carbohydrates and low on fat such as fruits and vegetables as they have thicker blood than other blood types. Those who have B blood groups should consume a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, grains, fish, dairy, meat but avoid chicken.”

“People having O blood type should consume a mostly vegetarian diet and fish or meat only on rare occasions. They should completely avoid chicken. On the other hand, those with blood group AB should stick to a high protein diet rich in fruits and vegetables and red meat. They should limit the intake of wheat germ, whole wheat products, corns and avoid dairy products,” says the nutritionist.

Even as the concept is being tried and tested, it is considered more as based on science fiction than scientific facts. “As with any diet, it will get you thinking about what you are currently eating and making changes in your diet,” sums up Dr Shweta.

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