Some people believe that eating certain foods, including soy protein and certain kinds of grains, may benefit people with an A-positive blood type.
The concept of blood-type diets was originally put forth by the naturopathic physician Dr. James L. D’Adamo.
His son, Dr. Peter J. D’Adamo, popularized the diet in his book, “Eat Right 4 Your Type.” He claims that differing blood types evolved at various points in our genetic history and that your blood type should determine what you eat and how you exercise.
Blood type diets are a system of eating that categorizes foods as beneficial, neutral, or harmful. It’s based on a person’s blood type and other factors.
D’Adamo claims foods harmful to your blood type cause an agglutination reaction. This makes blood cells stick together, increasing the risk of disease.
Read on to learn more about this diet and D’Adamo’s claims.
The blood type diet requires a regimen called compliance. This refers to eating “beneficials.” Beneficials are chosen for each blood type, based upon the lectins, or molecules, which the food contains.
On this diet, people are defined as being “secretors” or “nonsecretors.” These terms refer to an individual’s ability to secrete blood-type antigens into bodily fluids. What you eat is partly based upon your secretor status. This is why the diet is known as an individualized plan.
Food ratios are also provided for each blood type group. These are further broken down into ratios specifically recommended for people of African, Caucasian, and Asian descent. Supplements are recommended for blood-type diets, which are sold on D’Adamo’s website.
According to Dr. D’Adamo, the A-positive blood type became prevalent during the early years of the agricultural age. He theorizes this is why people with this blood type can readily digest vegetables and carbohydrates, but have a difficult time digesting animal protein and fat.
The A-positive blood type diet is primarily vegetarian. D’Adamo believes people with this blood type have less-than-robust immune systems and are prone to anxiety. His diet plan promises:
- weight loss
- less disease
- more energy
- better digestion
As with any diet, people may try this plan in order to lose weight or for other health benefits. Weight loss and lowered cholesterol have been reported by people who have tried this diet. However, there’s no evidence the theory underlying this diet caused these results.
Like many other food plans, this plan stresses the avoidance of:
- processed foods
- foods high in sugar
- simple carbohydrates
These diet measures are known to benefit anyone’s health, regardless of blood type.
D’Adamo recommends people on the A-positive blood type diet eat an organic, vegetarian, or almost-vegetarian food plan. Foods that D’Adamo recommends to eat include
- soy protein, such as tofu
- certain grains, such as spelt, hulled barley, and sprouted bread
- walnuts, pumpkin seeds, and peanuts
- olive oil
- certain fruits, such as blueberries and elderberries
- certain kinds of beans and legumes
- certain vegetables, especially dark, leafy greens, such as kale, Swiss chard, and spinach
- garlic and onions
- cold-water fish, such as sardines and salmon
- limited amounts of chicken and turkey
- green tea
The diet recommends eating protein at the start of the day. Canned sardines or a smoothie made with silken tofu and goat milk may be a good option.
Limited amounts of animal protein, such as turkey and eggs, are allowed on this diet plan. They may be eaten for breakfast. Vegetables, fruits, and the allowed grains may be eaten at any meal.
The list of foods people with A-positive blood should avoid is extremely extensive. It includes, but isn’t limited to:
- cow’s milk
- potatoes, yams, and sweet potatoes
- certain vegetables, such as cabbage, eggplant, tomatoes, peppers, and mushrooms
- lima beans
- certain fruits, such as melons, oranges, strawberries, and mangos
- poultry other than chicken and turkey, such as duck
- fish, such as bluefish, barracuda, haddock, herring, and catfish
- some grains and grain products, such as wheat bran, multigrain bread, and durum wheat
- refined sugar
- refined carbohydrates, such as white flour and white bread
- oils other than olive oil
- artificial ingredients
- most condiments
Medical conditions which D’Adamo states are associated with this blood type include:
However, there’s no scientific evidence that the blood-type diet works or that it alleviates any specific health conditions.
For instance, a 2021 study found that among 68 subjects who ate a low-fat, vegan diet, those who had type A blood did not experience any additional health benefits compared to those with other blood types.
- reduced body mass index (BMI)
- blood pressure
- serum triglycerides
However, these benefits weren’t seen to be influenced by, or associated with, study participants’ blood types.
While no specific risks have been identified to date given the limited research, this diet is restrictive and may be difficult to follow.
It’s important that anyone striving to follow this eating plan makes sure they’re getting broad-based nutrition from a wide range of foods, including protein sources.
What is special about A+ blood?
Having A-positive blood simply means that you’ve inherited it from your parents from various possible combinations:
The positive marker is related to the presence of certain antigens in your blood along with a protein known as the rhesus (Rh) factor.
There’s no scientific evidence that having A-positive blood is anything unique. In fact, it’s quite common. However, because it occurs in 34% of Americans, it means that it’s one of the types most easily to find or donate for a transfusion.
Can blood type A eat sugar?
The A-positive diet recommends avoiding refined sugar and foods that are high in sugar. There’s no evidence there’s a specific benefit from doing this for people with A-positive blood. That said, this is a common recommendation in other diets and by many nutritionists that is likely to benefit anyone.
Are eggs OK for blood type A?
The A-positive diet also recommends limiting eggs. Eating them in small amounts during breakfast is optimal, according to the diet.
That said, as with sugar, there is no evidence that eating or avoiding any food is specifically beneficial to a person with a particular blood type.
Eggs are still a nutritious food that can be a good source of protein in any diet. In most cases, eating 1-2 eggs daily isn’t likely to be harmful for most young, healthy adults. This has been confirmed by recent
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Blood-type diets may yield weight loss and other positive results because they’re highly restrictive. They also eliminate foods that are known to adversely affect health.
However, there’s no scientific evidence linking a person’s blood type to their need to avoid, or eat, specific foods.
If you do decide to follow this plan, make sure to eat as wide a range of foods as possible so you get enough nutrition. You can also talk to your doctor about your individual risk of developing a disease. They can help you make lifestyle changes to ensure you’re living your healthiest life.