Diet is a very personal and individual thing. Our bodies respond to different treatments and have specific needs.
While doctors often tailor medications and drug therapies to specific needs of different body types, it makes one stop and think why the same treatment isn’t often applied to diets.
There are seemingly millions of different diets out there, one fad diet replacing another year after year. However, you may find that a diet that may work wonderfully for one person may not necessarily work for you.
So how do you know which diet is right for you? One way people are altering their diets is through blood type.
In this article, we’ll be looking at those with a Type O blood type and people with this blood type react to certain foods.
Blood Type O Profile
Throughout history, those with Type O blood were known to be natural predators, prone to bursts of anger, aggressive behavior, and impulsiveness.
Now, while there is no real scientific backing behind this information, it certainly is interesting and perhaps shed light on diet and our dietary choices.
Some believe that the impulsive behavior of those with Type O blood pumping through their veins tend to extend this reckless behavior into their dietary choices, which can lead to weight gain, diabetes, ulcers, insulin resistance, and thyroid problems.
It’s not all negative for those of you who carry Type O blood, however. Many believe that those with Type O blood carry many positive traits, such as strength, a lean physique (despite your reckless food choices), and a bright, active mind.
Recommended Diet for Type O Blood
It is believed that those that carry Type O blood do best with lean protein. When packing in healthy protein, it’s wise to make healthy choices, as too much red meat or other fatty sources of protein can lead to severe health consequences, such as a fatty liver, heart problems, diabetes, and weight gain.
When choosing protein, look to lean meats such as veal, beef, venison, and cold-water fish such as mackerel, herring, and cod. While those with Type O blood may digest meat easier than other blood types, there are some types of meats that should be avoided, such as pork, ham, bacon, goose, smoked salmon, catfish, and caviar.
Unfortunately, the protein-rich diet recommended for Type O blood carries is not the most suitable diet for vegetarians.
Watch your Vegetables
As just mentioned, the diet recommended for Type O blood is rich in lean protein and relies less on a high-veggie diet. That does not mean that you should avoid all vegetables, however.
You just need to be choosy of which vegetables you should incorporate into your diet and be conscious of which vegetables to avoid. As a person with Type O blood, you should incorporate the following vegetables into your diet: kale, spinach, romaine lettuce, collard greens, and broccoli.
These vegetables are beneficial for O blood types because they are rich in vitamin K, which assists in blood clotting. People that carry Type O blood have more difficulty with blood clotting and therefore should take care to fortify their diet with foods that can help boost the efficacy of this function.
Other vegetables recommended for Type O blood is turnips, okra, leeks, sweet potatoes, garlic, onions, horseradish, red peppers, pumpkin, parsnips, parsley, leeks, and artichokes.
While there are plenty of vegetables you can enjoy as a Type O blood person, there are some veggies you should avoid. For the sake of your digestive tract, avoid fermented olives, shiitake mushrooms, and alfalfa sprouts.
Those with Type O blood may be more prone to arthritis and therefore should avoid eggplant or potatoes, which can exacerbate the condition. To maintain healthy insulin production, avoid corn. People with Type O blood are more prone to issues with thyroid and should therefore avoid cauliflower, cabbage, brussel sprouts, and mustard greens.
To balance out a protein rich diet and to add a bit of sweetness to your diet, there are some fruit that is recommended for your specific blood type.
Those with Type O blood tend to be more acidic and should therefore eat fruits that help balance this out. Fruit recommended for those with Type O blood are figs, prunes, and plums. It’s important to balance out the acidity in your gastrointestinal system.
Having too much acid in your GI tract can lead to the development of ulcers, so it’s important to maintain a healthy balance.
On the other side of the coin, there are certain fruits those with Type O blood should avoid to irritate acidic stomachs, such as oranges, strawberries, tangerines, blackberries, and rhubarb. Coconut and melons, such as honeydew melon and cantaloupe should be avoided.
All other fruits are considered generally safe for Type O blood.
Those with Type O blood should limit the amount of dairy they incorporate into their diet. Eggs, while they are okay to ingest for the most part, should be limited. Dairy deemed acceptable for people with Type O blood is soy milk, feta cheese, mozzarella, farmer’s cheese, and butter.
Other Foods to Enjoy
While putting together a menu of beneficial foods to enjoy as a person with Type O blood, here are some other foods that are good for your specific blood type:
- Breads such as rye, millet, and Essene
- Canola oil
- Sesame oil
- Olive oil
- Flaxseed oil
Other Foods to Avoid
If you want to boost your health to the highest degree, there are certain foods that those with Type O blood should avoid. These foods are:
- Wheat products
- Poppy seeds
- Brazil nuts
- Safflower oil
- Corn oil
- Peanut oil
- Cottonseed oil