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do you eat according to what's right for you blood?

I have A+ blood and my two primary proteins are tofu and domestic snails.
I took back that book to Barnes and Noble when I read that.
Not worth the $30.
Do you eat what you're supposed to according to those type things?

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  1. It's undiluted snake oil. It's also hysterically inconsistent and relies on botanically inaccurate assumptions about the relationships among foods. But there's a sucker born every minute.

    However, any diet where you are removing favorite foods and add unfavorite foods will tend to help you loose weight. Not because the formula concept is right, but because you will just tend to eat less overall. So lots of people ascribe powers to their formulas that are merely correlative rather than causative.

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    1. re: Karl S

      Karl S reminded me of a long ago adventure with Dr. Abravanel's Body Type Diet and Lifetime Nutrition Plan (available on Amazon!), which had me eating, if memory serves, an awful lot of beets, romaine lettuce and cottage cheese. I lost weight. I was also very sad and thought about food all the time. Kind of like my failed attempt at becoming a vegan.

    2. That's good to know.

      I've often looked at that book and wondered if there was anything to it. Mostly I thought it was a stupid idea.

      Somewhere P T Barnum must be smiling.



      1. OK it's early on a Sunday, first cup of coffee, weather screwed up jfood's golf date, so focus is not A+. So he needed to read the OP a couple of times, say to himself WTF is this and then read the two responses and knew the coffee was kicking in.

        But jfood will never be as elegant as Karl S in any of his posts so why start now. So there is a book that tells you to eat food by your blood type? Absolutely fantastic!!!

        And the kindest word jfood can think of is HOGWASH.

        Queery - Does B&N keep the book next to the Enquirer and the Star. Inquiring minds want to know. :-))

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          1. re: Davwud

            Thanks D. Just read a bunch of the reviews and it seems more common sense than blood-type specific. Cut out bad stuff, moderate medium stuff and eat good stuff.

            But in fairness, any book that helps people eat better and control their health is OK in jfood's book. it's just sooooooo silly.

            1. re: jfood

              It's not okay in my books if it's really just a method to reduce the size of people's wallets, not their waist lines.


          1. sigh...I have a co-worker who showed me the book this past week...she really believes in it. I guess that if I felt bad physically, had no energy and was sick all the time, I might investigate it (along with seeing a doctor)...but she's pretty healthy so I don't see why she loves the book so much. I'm type O+ and when she was telling me the things I shouldn't eat, I dismissed it totally. Though I laughed out loud when I saw JFood's thought reaction of WTF???...that was my initial reaction when she first told me about it.

            1. Oh boy. While it's an interesting theory, I have to give a firm NO to this blood type diet. I'm a Type A and gluten sensitive. Type As are supposed to be fine with all grains, including those that include gluten.

              1. Is this theory anything like the mass cultural delusion that the sun's apparent position relative to arbitrarily defined constellations at the time of your birth somehow affects your personality?

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                1. re: Cathy

                  At the time of your birth if the zodiacal constellations had not moved in the past 2000 years....

                  1. re: Cathy

                    I actually owned a cookbook for a while that had recipes based on the zodiac. I'm not an astrology believer at all, but the book amused me, and the photos looked tempting. Never cooked from it. Can't find it now, so I must have sold it (and I scarcely ever would sell a cookbook) during a particularly financially fallow period. It said that as a Pisces I'm naturally drawn to seafood dishes, which in reality I'm usually not.

                  2. If I remember correctly, the book also states that dairy is the food group of choice for those with Group B blood. Interestingly, B is the dominant blood group among Asians, many of whom are lactose intolerant.

                    1. hmm, according to the web, i would need to completely change how I eat b/c I'm a type O. It says to eat meat and avoid grains, dairy, eggs, and brassica. My diet mostly consists of grains, dairy, eggs, and vegetables. Meat tends to make me lethargic and fat. Oh well.

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                      1. re: fara

                        Ha ha. I was going to post a query asking what I should be eating, but you answered my question. And given your answer, my answer is no, since I'm an O type and I don't eat meat.

                        1. re: fara

                          Hmmm, interesting. I'm type 0 and type 1 diabetic and so I must limit grains (carbs). However, I would rather die than eliminate eggs and cheese from my diet. I'll sacrifice the brassica if need be. :)

                        2. I have the book. I got it free from work. It had been sitting on a bookshelf in my bedroom for about 4 years until a month ago when we moved. It's somewhere in a box right now. I'm in no hurry to unpack it.

                          1. according to my blood type, I am supposed to eat fruits and vegetables primarily. Funny thing is, that's what I seem to crave.

                            1. This reminds me of a couple who went to some kind of "nutrition specialist" to see what kinds of food would be appropriate their respective constitutions. They each received a long list with the specific foods that each should eat checked off. When I looked at the list,s, there was virtually no overlap at all. I looked at them and said "How the hell are you two going to eat together?" A few months later I asked how it was going. Apparently, they gave it up as they could discern absolutely no difference in whatever problems compelled them to go to this guy in the first place. I be he wrote the book.

                              1. Nope, I'm vegan and the book says I should be eating all kinds of wild game.

                                1. Back in the 90s, I read a book about the same thing by a different author - D'Adamo? - and remember thinking I was lucky because I'm type B and seemed to have the least restrictions. A friend and I tried it out of curiosity - she was an A, poor thing. But we dropped it fairly quickly. It's hogwash as far as I'm concerned.

                                  1. My parents used to buy every cockamamie diet/nutrition book that came on the market. Drove my brother and me crazy with this crap. And the crazy thing is that my parents are highly educated, sharp, very successful business people - but they just had a blind spot for this kind of garbage and I think it was because they thought they could beat the (medical) system and stay healthy forever if they could only stumble upon the magic formula. And what's really sad is that my father, who has multiple advanced degrees and a genius IQ, convinced himself that he knew better than the doctors and that he could control his high blood pressure through diet and exercise instead of taking all his medication. He was always physically fit but in reality he was actually suffering a series of tiny strokes almost all his adult life most likely due to the fact that he wasn't taking all his meds like he was supposed to. Long story short, he is now disabled with a great deal of brain damage due to the accumulated effect of all of those tiny strokes and he told my mom once that he wishes he could turn back time - I'm assuming because if he could do it all over again, he would have taken the darn meds. :(

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                                    1. re: flourgirl

                                      Maybe too smart for his own good.
                                      That said, I'm certain my FIL isn't nearly as inteligent yet he feels he knows better than a doctor.


                                      1. re: Davwud

                                        I meant to add to my post that this was one of the books my parents bought . I remember giving my eyes a real workout over that one when I saw it on their coffee table -ya know, all that eye-rolling. A book about eating for your blood type? Really? You can't just glance at that title and know in a second that it just has to be a bunch of crap?!?


                                    2. A woman I got to know at hockey games lost A LOT of weight. She swore by that book. I went out and bought it. I am also type A+ and found that I should be eating basically vegetarian. I guess I would lose weight that way because I'd starve. I am not a vegetable eater. Oh well.

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                                      1. re: LJBTampa

                                        Yes, I've also known people who've sworn by the blood type diet as well. This woman I know lost a ton of weight. I forgot what blood type she was, but according to her blood type she wasn't supposed to have gluten products. I think her losing weight from the diet was due more to the fact from her avoiding gluten (a possible culprit) than following the diet plan. And when people tend to restrict what they eat, a lot of people tend to eat less because of boredom.

                                        My issue with this diet is that it's really broad. Everybody with Type A blood should be eating this, everybody who's Type O should be eating that, etc. What people eat (and are able to eat) are based on more things than simply blood type -- it's based on your genes, your lifestyle, your age, etc. People's diets tend to evolve, not stay static.

                                      2. I was vegetarian at the time my friend's mother said, "Yes, that is what you SHOULD be eating because of your blood type."

                                        Now I mix and match and haven't noticed any ill effects. My meat consumption is still lower than the average North American, though.

                                        But honestly, keep a sensible ratio of greens:proteins:starches:fruit in each meal and I don't think it matters what your blood type is.

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