Do you believe in the idea that we should all eat for our blood type? I think there is some truth to it, but should not be the only thing considered when designing someone’s or your own diet. Most recently I confirmed that I have type O positive blood. According to the literature for a type O positive blood type, I should be doing the following:
- Avoid gluten containing grains (Check! I avoid gluten like the plague.)
- Eat dark, leafy greens rich in vitamin K (Check!)
- Eat lots of animal protein (Check! Bring on the meat.)
- Restrict legumes and beans (Check! Beans are not the magical fruit.)
- Restrict cabbage, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, mustard green (Ughhh – I love my cauliflower. Perhaps I conduct an n=1 experiment on myself and see how I feel restricting then introducing this vegetable.)
- Avoid nightshades (I could make a stronger effort here.)
- Avoid dairy (I go easy on dairy, but again, could make a stronger effort.)
- Avoid eggs (Oops – I nearly eat these daily. Perhaps I can do another n=1 experiment. I recently did this with nuts, and wow, I am feeling different in a good way.)
- Restrict heavy consumption of nuts (Check! See above.)
- Avoid corn (Check! Every so often I will have some corn chips, but avoid corn the best I can; it’s everywhere.)
If my current food intake was graded against these guidelines, I would get, I say, a B. I have a diet clean of gluten and legumes and rich in vegetables but have a few other tweaks to make, if I choose to take this information literally. Overall, it’s something fun to consider. I mean, it is ironic I don’t handle gluten well and apparently this is the norm for someone with type O.
Overall, I am adding nutrigenomics to my lab wish list. Yes, I have a lab wish list. Once I get some true DNA indications, I will take the eat for your blood type to heart (no pun intended). Have you dabbled with nutrigenomics? I predict it is the next big thing for the diet and health industry.
Cheers to you and good health,