Eating according to your blood group type is something that becomes popular every now and then. Although there is no scientific study that backs up the claim that there are specific foods meant for a particular blood group, like O positive, for instance, this has not stopped people from trying to stick with such diets.
The idea of eating for your blood group was popularized by Peter J. D’Adamo, a naturopathic physician. According to D’Adamo, in his book Eat Right 4 Your Type, there are foods and even exercises you can do based on your blood type, that would keep you healthy and reduce your risk of developing certain conditions.
D’Adamo also pointed out that the various blood groups represent specific genetic traits of our ancestors and that the diet he suggested for a particular blood group was based on the foods the ancestors supposedly ate.
There is almost no scientific study or research that backs up any of D’Adamo’s postulations, which is why it has not received enough reception, particularly among the medical community.
Still, the diet plan proposed by D’Adamo consists of good foods that would keep your body healthy, regardless of the blood type. This is the reason why some people even bother to stick with the diet, whether D’Adamo’s findings are correct or not.
So today, we would be discussing the foods for blood group O positive. Before that, let us first understand what a blood group is.
Blood group is the classification of blood based on their antibodies and the antigens they contain. Blood group is passed down by genes, which means it is impossible for one to change their blood group.
Blood compatibility, determined by blood group, is very important, especially during blood transfusion, as receiving blood from the wrong group could be life-threatening.
There are eight blood groups: A+, A-, B+, B-, AB+, AB-, O+, and O-. Whether a blood group is positive or negative is determined by the presence or absence of the Rhesus factor.
Foods For Blood Group O Positive
According to D’Adamo, people with blood group O positive should eat more proteins and fewer carbohydrates. These include foods like meat, fish, vegetables, fruits, and fish. They can also eat certain carbohydrates like rice, oat, and millet. Some other common Nigerian foods for O+ are:
- Fluted pumpkin leaves (Ugu)
- Acha (Fonio)
- Garden eggs
- Stock fish
- Bitter leaf.
People with blood group O positive should avoid or cut back the consumption of foods like milk, yoghurt, legumes like beans and peas, corn, wheat, caffeine and alcohol, grains, eggs, and certain fruits like citruses, avocado, coconut, and so on.
Is It Worth Trying?
As we noted before, there is no scientific backing supporting D’Adamo’s claims or whether there are any specific diets for the various blood groups. Although the foods suggested for blood group O+ seems healthy. It is quite clear that strictly following the diet plan could, in fact, lead to a deficiency of other nutrients. All classes of food are important, and eating more of one, in this case, protein, while neglecting others, is not advised.
While it may be helpful to cut down on gluten intake, one should totally avoid them as it may be bad for the body.
Instead, try to keep things in moderation and eat foods that are rich in iron, copper, and folic acid, which are nutrients that are good for the blood. Avoid unhealthy or processed foods and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
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