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Jul 25, 2008 10:09 AM

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.