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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Your Blood Type and Eating Right


As I have mentioned at Mariposa's Tales, I had a magazine interview at the office yesterday. It was not a personal interview but rather it was about my company...and so I was there with the team despite the holiday.


It was a fun interview or should I say...a rather fun conversation! I'd say we learned so many things and got to cover several topics...beyond the BPO and call center industry.

We talked about health and wellness!

JM Perdigon, TWANG Magazine's Managing Editor (who started TWANG as a hobby magazine targeting the call center crowd!) is a nutritionist by profession. So during lunch we can't help but discuss about food and proper diet. The daughter, AJ (very smart I should say!) can't have too much sugar intake due to health reasons and while we were in the topic of what's good not good for people inclined with diabetes we were all in agreement with bitter melon or bitter gourd (locally known as Ampalaya) helps in lowering sugar. It was then I have to mention one of my quirks...my cravings for bitter taste! Yes, you read that, I love beer and bitter melon or bitter gourd shake or juice because I love its bitter taste!

I had to ask the nutritionist in the group what could be causing that...could it be that I'm missing some nutrients in my body?

Her first reply was, "What is your blood type?". I had to ask what it has to do with it. Then she went on and explain that there is such a thing as blood type diet. Individuals are inclined to prefer types of food based on their diet...not only they prefer but depending on the blood type each has a recommended diet.

I never thought there is such a thing as eating right according to one's blood type!

So today I did a quick research on the topic and wow...there is really such a thing as blood type diet. Very briefly this advocacy was started by
Peter D'Adamo, a naturopathic physician, and was outlined in his book Eat Right 4 Your Type. D'Adamo's claim is that ABO blood type is the most important factor in determining a healthy diet, and he promotes distinct diets for people with O, A, B, and AB blood types.

Though this concept has faced several criticisms...I'd say it will not do any harm to know more and understand about it.

Let me share with you here some information with regards to some blood groups and its corresponding diet --

Simpler List

Diet Profile Allowed Limited Food to avoid for Weight Loss purpose Food that help with Weight Loss
Type O High Protein:
Meat eaters
Meat
fish
vegetables
fruit
grains
beans
legumes
wheat
corn
kidney beans
navy beans
lentils
cabbage
Brussels sprouts
cauliflower
mustard greens
kelp
seafood
salt
liver
red meat
kale
spinach
broccoli
Type A Vegetarian vegetables
tofu
seafood
grains
beans
legumes
fruit





meat
dairy
kidney beans
lima beans
wheat
vegetable oil
soy foods
vegetables
pineapple
Type B Balanced omnivore meat (no chicken)
dairy
grains
beans
legumes
vegetables
fruit


corn
lentil
peanuts
sesame
seeds
buckwheat
wheat
greens
eggs
venison
liver
licorice
tea
Type AB Mixed diet in moderation meat
seafood
dairy
tofu
beans
legumes
grains
vegetables
fruits

red meat
kidney beans
lima beans
seeds
corn
buckwheat
tofu
seafood
dairy
greens
kelp
pineapple
* Source: Dr. Lam

You may click on each blood group to get to a more detailed food chart.

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