Your Blood Type Determines Your Diet
Recently, I was talking to a friend and he told me that his blood type requires him to eat a lot of meat in his diet. I was intrigued by this concept–that your blood type could determine your diet. Clearly, I had never heard of Peter J. D’Adamo and his book Eat Right For Your Type (1996). All my research as to why my friend thought he had to adhere to pointed to D’Adamo, so I did some further research on him.
His book is all about how a person’s blood type affects how their body responds to certain food. For example, he said that people with blood type O require a lot of meat in their diet, but little to no dairy. Blood type A make the best vegetarians, and blood type B are good omnivores. D’Adamo says these dietary needs are traced back to hunter-gatherer times. Who your ancestors are determines your blood type and therefore the food you should eat.
Turns out, there isn’t much scientific evidence to back this up. Many websites I visited made it clear that science does not support D’Adamo’s theory. Dr. David L. Katz of the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center wrote, “the idea that we have the exact same dietary needs as ancestors who walked the savannas in 50,000 B.C. is extremely far-fetched, and helps explain why most respected medical experts do not support this approach. Worry about your blood type when you need a transfusion, not a meal.”
If you want to find out more about the blood type diet, you can visit this website, which lays it out very nicely: http://www.med.nyu.edu/content?ChunkIID=214387. However, even this supportive website includes the statement: “The theory that our blood type determines what we should eat or what kind of exercise we should do is not supported by scientific evidence.”
Being Vegan = Being Healthy
I have heard some people recently get upset over people saying they are vegan because they think that by saying you are vegan, you are claiming you are healthier than everyone else. Not only is it not true that this is what vegans are implying, but it’s not even necessarily true that vegans are healthy.
Let me just start off by saying that by avoiding meat and animal products, vegans are less susceptible to many foodborne illnesses, such as E. Coli and salmonella. Eliminating our consumption of milk also helps combat allergies and many everyday complaints such as cramps and stomach aches. While this all is true*, it does not necessarily mean vegans are healthier.
Not all vegans only eat “healthy” foods. Take me for example. I eat lots of unhealthy food: almond milk ice cream, cookies and brownies, and lots and lots of chocolate. My choice in snack foods could probably use a little work, as I usually go for the sweet and salty foods rather than carrots and hummus or something else healthy. I also don’t like cooked leafy greens, such as kale and spinach, and I’m really not a fan of rice or tofu. I am not under the impression that just because I’m vegan, I’m super healthy, and neither are other vegans.
*Fuhrman, Joel. Eat to Live: The Amazing Nutrient-rich Program for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss. New York: Little, Brown, 2011. Print.
“Foodborne Illness: What Consumers Need to Know.” Foodborne Illness: What Consumers Need to Know. USDA, 07 Aug. 2013. Web. 22 Sept. 2014.
Back to Protein
The myth that vegans cannot get enough protein without strictly monitoring their diet was discussed, and hopefully debunked, in my first post: Vegan 101. Recently, I came across this great article that outlines exactly why you don’t need to eat meat to get plenty of protein. It discusses the misconceptions about protein–especially protein derived from meat and animal products–and also talks about how consuming animal products can greatly increase a person’s risk of cancer. Check it out (it’s long but worth it):
In Other News
New York was recently titled as the most vegan friendly state in America! Congratulations to those of you who live in New York. To you vegans who do not, I would suggest packing up your stuff and getting on a train right now.
Okay, maybe don’t do that. But you can check out this rather humorous article that will surely make you feel proud to be part of the group that built a vegetable skyline of New York (no sarcasm intended).