The "Eat Right for Your Type" plan, developed by Dr. Peter D'Adamo, helps individuals eat properly according to their blood type. According to D'Adamo, when you eat based on your blood type, you're able to build up a defense against chronic diseases as well as lose weight. Each blood type's unique antigen marker reacts to certain foods as well. If the wrong foods are consumed, it can lead to a host of health problems. Each blood type has its own diet and exercise prescription. Blood type B is directed to steer clear of lentils, tomatoes, corn, buckwheat, wheat, peanuts and sesame seeds--which can cause fluid retention, fatigue and hypoglycemia in people with this blood type. Instead, the diet calls for a varied plan that includes meat, grains, dairy products, fruits and vegetables.
Beneficial Foods for All Blood Types
Individuals of any blood type are encouraged to eat real, whole, natural foods in place of processed, sugary and fatty snack foods such as cookies, crackers, chips and desserts. All blood types are encouraged to eat fish (such as cod, mackerel and sardines), plums, olive oil, certain herbs and spices such as parsley and ginger, and vegetables such as beet leaves, broccoli, collard greens, kale and parsnips. Breads recommended for all blood types include essene bread (made from ground sprouts and baked in the sun) and Ezekial bread (bread made from sprouted grains). These breads are highly perishable and are thought to have beneficial enzymes that promote health. They can be purchased at health food stores.
Protein, Dairy, Eggs and Cheese
For blood type B, the best meats and protein foods include lamb (mutton), rabbit and venison. Ideally, meat should come from organically raised, free-range, cage-free animals or wild game. In addition to the aforementioned fish, other recommended seafood includes flounder, grouper, haddock, halibut, Mahi Mahi, monkfish, ocean perch, pike, salmon, sea trout, sole, sturgeon and caviar. Free-range eggs (one only) may be consumed two to four times weekly. You may drink 2 percent or skim milk (cow's milk), Kefir or goat's milk in limited quantities. Recommended cheeses for blood type B include farmer, feta, goat, cottage, ricotta and mozzarella. Yogurt (frozen, with fruit) is also allowed.
Grains, Beans Vegetables
Olive oil is the only recommended oil for this diet. Beans and legumes appropriate for blood type B include kidney and navy beans. Cereals and grains recommended for blood type B are spelt, millet, oats and brown rice and things made with them. In addition to Ezekiel and essene breads, those with blood type B may also choose rice cakes, Fin Crisp and Wasa crackers.
All leafy green vegetables are allowed, as are beets, Brussels sprouts, cabbage (white, red, Chinese), carrots, cauliflower, eggplant, lima beans, mushrooms (Shiitake), mustard greens, peppers (green, jalapeno, red, yellow), sweet potatoes and all yams. Vegetables should come from local sources or should be grown in your own garden.
Fruits, Juices and Other Foods
In addition to plums, those with blood type B may also choose from the following fruits: bananas, grapes (any variety), cranberries, pineapple and papaya. Like vegetables, all fruits should be from sources in your state or grown in your own garden. Recommended juices include cranberry, grape, pineapple, papaya, cabbage and fresh juices from all other allowed fruits and vegetables. You should start each day with fresh lemon juice (from half a lemon) with 8 oz. of water. In addition to ginger and parsley, other recommended herbs and spices for this group include curry, cayenne and horseradish. Herbal teas are recommended, including green, ginger, ginseng, parsley, licorice, peppermint, rose hips, raspberry leaf and sage teas.