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Eat Right 4 Your Type by Dr. Peter J. D’Adamo (1996): Food list

Eat Right 4 Your Type by Dr Peter J D'AdamoEat Right 4 Your Type (1996) is a book that suggests different foods and lifestyles for people with different blood types. It is also known as Eat Right For Your Blood Type, The Blood Type Diet, and ER4YT.

  • Blood type O – Eat meat; moderate fat; limit grains/cereals, legumes, and dairy; wheat-free. Similar to paleo, low-carb, and gluten-free diets.
  • Blood type A – Low/no animal protein including dairy; moderate fat; moderate-high grains/cereals and legumes; no wheat. Similar to macrobiotic, vegetarian, and vegan diets plus wheat-free.
  • Blood type B – Moderate animal protein including dairy; moderate fat; moderate grains/cereals and legumes; wheat okay if not whole grain. Does not line up with any currently popular diets.
  • Blood type AB – Low-moderate animal protein including dairy but avoiding red meat; moderate fat; low-moderate grains/cereals and legumes; wheat considered neutral. Does not line up with any currently popular diets, although there is some similarity to the Mediterranean diet.
  • Portion size recommendations vary by ancestry – different suggested portion sizes for African, Caucasian, and Asian ethnicities.

Below is a description of the food recommendations in the diet. There’s a lot more in the book.

Use this page as a cheat sheet alongside the book. Send this page to friends, family, and anyone else you’re eating with so they can understand what you’re eating.

Get a copy of Eat Right 4 Your Type for meal plans, recipes, the reasons behind specific recommendations, detailed recommendations for each blood type, supplementation recommendations, stress/exercise profiles, blood types and health, exercises, meal plans, and recipes.

The reasoning behind Eat Right 4 Your Type

This book claims that people with different blood types have different reactions to foods, and should eat according to their blood type. Your blood type controls the influence of viruses, bacteria, infections, chemicals, stress, and the entire assortment of invaders and conditions that might compromise your immune system. Different blood types have different antigens and create different antibodies. A chemical reaction occurs between your blood and the foods you eat – lectins, abundant and diverse proteins in foods, have agglutinating properties that affect your blood. When you eat a food containing protein lectins that are incompatible with your blood type antigen, the lectins target an organ or bodily system (kidneys, liver, brain, stomach, etc.) and begin to agglutinate blood cells in that area. Once the intact lectin proteins settle someplace in your body, they clump the cells in that region together and they are targeted for destruction as if they were foreign invaders. This clumping can cause irritable bowel syndrome in the intestines or cirrhosis in the liver, or block the flow of blood through the kidneys, to name just a few of the effects. They often create  violent inflammation. Lectins in your system can be measured using the Indican Scale.

Eat Right 4 Your Blood Type diet plan – what to eat and foods to avoid

Type O  |  Type A Type B  |  Type AB

Follow the diet for your personal blood type.

The portion suggestions according to ancestry are not meant as firm rules; the purpose is to present a way to fine-tune your diet even more, according to what is known about the particulars of your ancestry. There are also geographic and cultural variations. Use the refinements if you think they’re helpful; ignore them if you find that they’re not; in any case, try to formulate your own plan for portion sizes.

Don’t just eat the Highly Beneficial foods and ignore the Neutral foods, as you probably won’t get the full range of nutrients needed for a healthy diet. A better approach is to eliminate all the foods on your Avoid list and reduce or eliminate those Neutral foods that are prone to cause weight gain for your blood type.

Unless you suffer from a specific allergic condition, it won’t hurt most people to occasionally eat a food that is marked Poison on their diet.

The diets are very different from each other – the only commonalities found in the book were : portion size recommendations for fruit; unsprouted wheat being viewed unfavorably; and olive oil being a highly beneficial food for all.

Blood type 0 food list

Type O beneficial foods  |  Type O neutral foods  |  Type O foods that act as poisons  |  Foods that encourage Type O weight gain  |  Foods that encourage Type O weight loss  |  Type O portion sizes

Type O (“The Hunter”) is the oldest blood type, from around 40,000 years ago. At this time, humans succeeded by being at the top of the food chain, the most dangerous predators on earth. They began to hunt in organized packs; in a short time, they were able to make weapons and use tools. These major advances gave them strength and superiority. Humans thrived on meat, and as they killed off the big game within their hunting range they started to migrate to all corners of the earth. Searching each new area for anything edible, it is likely that the carnivorous humans quickly became omnivorous, with a mixed diet of berries, grubs, nuts, roots, and small animals. Populations also thrived along the coastlines and the teeming lakes and rivers of the earth where fish and other food were abundant.

45% percent of people in the U.S. have Type O blood. This percentage is higher among Hispanics and African Americans.

  • These people thrive on meat and need enough oils
  • Limit grains/cereals, dairy
  • Wheat-free, practically gluten-free
  • Like paleo diets and some low carb diets but less strict

See below for blood type O portion sizes.

Highly beneficial foods that act like medicine, to eat in Eat Right 4 Your Type – blood type O

  • Meats and poultry – highly beneficial for blood type O
    • Meats: beef, buffalo, heart, lamb, calf liver, mutton, veal, venison. The more stressful your job or demanding your exercise program, the higher the grade of protein you should eat. If you are a Type O of African descent, emphasize lean red meats and game over fattier, more domestic choices such as lamb or chicken
    • Poultry: none
  • Seafood – highly beneficial for blood type O
    • Fish: bass, cod, halibut, perch, pike, red snapper, shad, sole (except gray or dover), sturgeon, swordfish, tilefish, rainbow trout, yellowtail
    • Shellfish: none
  • Dairy and eggs  – highly beneficial for blood type O
    • None
  • Oils and fats  – highly beneficial for blood type O
    • Flaxseed oil, olive oil
  • Nuts and seeds – highly beneficial for blood type O
    • Nuts: walnuts (black walnuts and English walnuts)
    • Seeds: flaxseed, pumpkin seed
  • Beans and legumes – highly beneficial for blood type O
    • Adzuki bean, black-eyed pea
  • Cereals – highly beneficial for blood type O
    • None
  • Breads and muffins – highly beneficial for blood type O
    • Essene bread / manna bread / sprouted grain bread
  • Grains, pasta , and flours – highly beneficial for blood type O
    • None
  • Vegetables – highly beneficial for blood type O
    • Artichokes, globe artichokes, beet greens, broccoli, chicory, collard greens, dandelion, escarole, Jerusalem artichoke, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, okra, onion (all), parsnip, cayenne pepper, red pepper, pumpkin, romaine, spinach, sweet potato, Swiss chard, turnip
    • Sea vegetables and algae: kelp, seaweed
    • Herbs and fresh spices (see also seasonings below): ginger, horseradish, parsley
  • Fruit – highly beneficial for blood type O
    • Banana, blueberry, cherry (all), fig (fresh or dried), guava, mango, plum (all), prune
  • Juices and fluids – highly beneficial for blood type O
    • Fruit juices: black cherry juice, guava juice, mango juice, pineapple juice, prune juice
    • Vegetable juices: spinach juice
  • Spices, sugars, and seasonings – highly beneficial for blood type O
    • Spices: curry, cayenne pepper, turmeric
    • Herbs listed as seasonings: parsley
    • Sugars: none
    • Other seasonings and pantry: carob, dulse, horseradish, kelp
  • Condiments – highly beneficial for blood type O
    • None
  • Herbal teas – highly beneficial for blood type O
    • Astralagus tea, cayenne tea, chickweed tea, dandelion tea, fenugreek tea, ginger tea, hops tea, linden/limeflower tea, mulberry tea, parsley tea, rose hip tea, sarsaparilla tea, slippery elm tea
  • Miscellaneous beverages – highly beneficial for blood type O
    • Club soda, selzter water, green tea

Neutral foods to eat with Eat Right 4 Your Type – blood type O

  • Meats and poultry – neutral for blood type O
    • Meats: horse, rabbit, squirrel
    • Poultry: chicken, Cornish hen, duck, goose, grouse, guinea hen, ostrich, partridge, pheasant, squab, turkey
  • Seafood – neutral for blood type O
    • Fish: anchovy, bluefish, carp, caviar, chub, cusk, drum, eel, flounder, grouper, haddock, hake, halfmoon fish, herring (fresh), mahimahi, monkfish, mullet, opaleye fish, orange roughy, pickerel, porgy, rosefish, sailfish, salmon (fresh), sardine, scrod, scup, shark, smelt, sole (gray or dover), sucker, sunfish, tilapia, trout (brook/sea), tuna, weakfish, whitefish, whiting
    • Shellfish: clam, crab, lobster, mussel, oyster, scallop, shrimp
    • Other: snail/escargot
  • Dairy and eggs – neutral for blood type O
    • Milk products: butter, ghee/clarified butter
    • Cheeses: farmer cheese, feta, goat cheese, mozzarella
    • Eggs: chicken eggs, duck eggs
  • Oils and fats – neutral for blood type O
    • Almond oil, blackcurrant seed oil, borage seed oil, canola oil, cod liver oil, sesame oil, walnut oil
  • Nuts and seeds – neutral for blood type O
    • Nuts: almond, almond butter, almond cheese, almond milk, butternut, filbert/hazelnut, hickory nut, macadamia nut, pecan, pecan butter, pignola/pine nut
    • Seeds: sesame butter/tahini, sesame seed
  • Beans and legumes – neutral for blood type O
    • Black bean, cannellini bean, fava bean/broad bean, garbanzo bean/chickpea, lima bean, mung bean, mung bean sprouts, northern bean, white bean, yellow bean
    • Soy: soybean, soy cheese, soy flakes/granules, soy milk, soy miso, soy tempeh, soy tofu
    • Vegetables counted as legumes: green bean, snap bean, string bean, jicama, pea, snow pea
  • Cereals – neutral for blood type O
    • Whole grains: amaranth, buckwheat/kasha, kamut, spelt, teff
    • Processed grains: cream of rice, puffed millet, oat bran, oatmeal, rice bran, puffed rice
    • Non-grains: tapioca
    • See also “grains and pasta” below
  • Breads and muffins – neutral for blood type O
    • Brown rice bread, Ezekiel bread, gluten-free bread, oat bran muffin, rice cake, rye bread (100%), rye crisp, Ryvita, soy flour bread, spelt bread, Wasa crispbread (wheat-free)
    • Grains listed as bread/muffins: millet
  • Grains, pasta , and flours – neutral for blood type O
    • Whole and cracked grains: buckwheat/kasha, quinoa, basmati rice, brown rice, white rice, wild rice
    • Flour: oat flour, rice flour, rye flour, spelt flour
    • Pastas and noodles: soba noodles
  • Vegetables – neutral for blood type O
    • Arugula, asparagus, asparagus pea, bamboo shoot, beet, bok choy, Brussels sprout, cabbage (Chinese cabbage/Napa cabbage, red cabbage, white cabbage), carrot, celeriac, celery, daikon radish, eggplant, endive, fennel, fiddlehead fern, garlic, lettuce (Bibb lettuce, Boston lettuce, iceberg lettuce, mesclun), mushrooms (abalone, enoki, maitake, oyster mushroom, Portobello mushroom, straw mushroom, tree mushroom), olives (Greek olives, green olives, Kalamata olives, Spanish olives), oyster plant/salsify, pepper (bell pepper, green or orange or purple or yellow; jalapeño), pimiento, radicchio, radish, radish sprouts, rappini/broccoli rabe, rutabaga/swede, scallion/spring onion, shallot, squash (all types), tomato, water chestnut, watercress, yam, zucchini
    • Herbs and fresh spices (see also seasonings below): caraway, chervil, chili pepper, cilantro, coriander, dill
    • Processed vegetables: poi (note that you should avoid taro)
  • Fruit – neutral for blood type O
    • Apple, apricot, boysenberry, cranberry, currant (blackcurrant/red currant), date, dewberry, elderberry, gooseberry, grape (all), grapefruit, kumquat, lemon, lime, loganberry, melon (canang melon, casaba melon, Christmas melon, Crenshaw melon, musk melon, Persian melon, Spanish melon), mulberry, nectarine, papaya, peach, pear, persimmon, pineapple, pomegranate, prickly pear, quince, raisin, raspberry, starfruit/carambola, strawberry, watermelon, youngberry
    • Vegetables listed as fruits: breadfruit, sago palm
  • Juices and fluids – neutral for blood type O
    • Fruit juices: apple juice, apple cider, apricot juice, cranberry juice, grape juice, grapefruit juice, lemon juice, lime juice, nectarine juice, papaya juice, pear juice
    • Vegetable juices: cabbage juice, carrot juice, celery juice, tomato juice, vegetable juice from acceptable vegetables
    • Water would presumably be viewed as neutral
  • Spices, sugars, and seasonings – neutral for blood type O
    • Spices: allspice, anise, caraway, cardamom, chili powder, cinnamon, clove, coriander, cumin, garlic, dry mustard, paprika, pepper (peppercorns although black pepper and white pepper are listed as poisons, red pepper flakes), saffron
    • Herbs listed as seasonings (see also vegetables above): bay leaf, basil, chervil, chives, dill, marjoram, oregano, peppermint, rosemary, sage, savory, spearmint, tarragon, thyme, wintergreen
    • Sugars: barley malt, brown rice syrup, honey, maple syrup, molasses, blackstrap molasses, rice syrup, sugar (brown/white)
    • Other seasonings and pantry: agar, almond extract, apple pectin, arrowroot, bergamot, chocolate, cream of tartar, plain gelatin, lecithin, miso, salt, tamari (wheat-free), tapioca, vanilla, yeast (baker’s yeast, brewer’s yeast)
  • Condiments – neutral for blood type O
    • Sweet condiments: apple butter, jam/jelly (from acceptable fruits)
    • Savory condiments: mustard (wheat-free, vinegar-free), salad dressing (low-fat, from acceptable ingredients), soy sauce, apple cider vinegar
  • Herbal teas – neutral for blood type O
    • Catnip tea, chamomile tea, dong quai tea, elder tea, ginseng tea, hawthorn tea, horehound tea, licorice root tea, mullein tea, peppermint tea, raspberry leaf tea, sage tea, senna tea, skullcap tea, spearmint tea, thyme tea, valerian tea, vervain tea, white birch tea, white oak bark tea, yarrow tea
  • Miscellaneous beverages – neutral for blood type O
    • Red wine

Foods that act as poisons, to avoid with Eat Right 4 Your Type – blood type O

  • Meats and poultry – act as poisons for blood type O
    • Meats: bacon, ham, pork, turtle
    • Poultry: quail
  • Seafood – act as poisons for blood type O
    • Fish: barracuda, catfish, frog, herring (pickled/smoked), lox/smoked salmon, muskellunge, pollack, salmon roe
    • Shellfish: abalone, conch, octopus, squid/calamari
  • Dairy and eggs – act as poisons for blood type O
    • Milk products: buttermilk, casein, half & half, ice cream, kefir, cow’s milk, goat’s milk, sherbet, sour cream (low-fat / nonfat), whey, yogurt (all varieties)
    • Cheeses: American cheese, blue cheese, brie, Camembert, cheddar, Colby, cottage cheese, cream cheese, edam, Emmenthal, gouda, Gruyère, Jarlsburg, Monterey jack, Muenster, Neufchâtel, paneer, parmesan, provolone, quark, ricotta, string cheese, Swiss cheese
    • Eggs: goose eggs, quail eggs
  • Oils and fats – act as poisons for blood type O
    • Avocado oil, castor oil, coconut oil, corn oil, cottonseed oil, evening primrose oil, peanut oil, safflower oil, soybean oil
  • Nuts and seeds – act as poisons for blood type O
    • Nuts: beechnut, Brazil nut, cashew, cashew butter, chestnut, peanut, peanut butter, pistachio,
    • Seeds: poppy seed, sunflower seed, sunflower butter
    • Fruits counted as nuts/seeds: litchi
  • Beans and legumes – act as poisons for blood type O
    • Copper bean, kidney bean, lentil, navy bean
    • Fruits/condiments counted as beans: tamarind bean
  • Cereals – act as poisons for blood type O
    • Whole grains: barley, corn (all), seven-grain, wheat
    • Processed grains: cornflakes, cornmeal, cream of wheat, familia, farina, grape-nuts, grits, shredded wheat, wheat bran, wheat germ
    • Vegetables counted as cereals/grains: corn
    • See also “grains and pasta” below
  • Breads and muffins – act as poisons for blood type O
    • Wheat bagel, corn muffin, English muffin, high-protein bread, matzo, multi-grain bread, pumpernickel, sprouted wheat bread containing wheat flour, wheat bran muffin, whole wheat bread
  • Grains, pasta , and flours – act as poisons for blood type O
    • Whole and cracked grains: cracked wheat
    • Flour: barley flour, bulgur wheat flour, durum wheat flour, gluten flour, graham flour, white flour, whole wheat flour
    • Pastas and noodles: couscous, semolina pasta
  • Vegetables – act as poisons for blood type O
    • Alfalfa sprouts, capers, cauliflower, corn, cucumber, leek, mushroom (common mushroom/button mushroom, shiitake mushroom, silver dollar mushroom), mustard greens, black olives, pickles in brine, potato (blue, red, white, yellow), taro, yucca
    • Sea vegetables and algae: spirulina
    • Vegetables commonly viewed as fruits: rhubarb
  • Fruit – act as poisons for blood type O
    • Asian pear, blackberry, cantaloupe melon, kiwi, melon (bitter melon, honeydew melon), orange, plantain, tangerine
    • Fruits commonly viewed as vegetables: avocado
    • Fruits commonly viewed as nuts: coconut
  • Juices and fluids – act as poisons for blood type O
    • Fruit juices: blackberry juice, orange juice, tangerine juice
    • Vegetable juices: aloe juice, cucumber juice,
    • Other: coconut milk
  • Spices, sugars, and seasonings – act as poisons for blood type O
    • Spices: mace, nutmeg, pepper (black pepper, white pepper)
    • Sugars: aspartame, corn syrup, fructose, invert sugar, maltodextrin, sucanat, sucrose
    • Other seasonings and pantry: acacia/gum arabic, carrageenan, cornstarch, MSG monosodium glutamate
  • Condiments – act as poisons for blood type O
    • Savory condiments: ketchup, pickles (all), pickle relish, mayonnaise, vinegar (all except apple cider), Worcestershire sauce
  • Herbal teas – act as poisons for blood type O
    • Alfalfa tea, aloe tea, burdock tea, coltsfoot tea, corn silk tea, echinacea tea, gentian tea, goldenseal tea, guarana tea, juniper tea, red clover tea, rhubarb tea, Saint-John’s-wort tea, shepherd’s purse tea, strawberry leaf tea, yellow dock tea
  • Miscellaneous beverages – act as poisons for blood type O
    • Coffee (regular/decaf), black tea (regular/decaf)
    • Alcoholic drinks: beer, liquor (distilled)
    • Other drinks: soda (cola/diet/misc.)

Foods that encourage weight gain in blood type O

  • Grains – wheat gluten, corn
  • Legumes – kidney beans, navy beans, lentils
  • Vegetables – cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, mustard greens

Foods that encourage weight loss in blood type O

  • Sea vegetables – kelp
  • Seafood
  • Iodized salt (note that iodine is best obtained from sources such as seafood and kelp)
  • Meats – liver, red meat
  • Vegetables – kale, spinach, broccoli
  • Type Os are leaner when their muscle tissues are in a state of slight metabolic acidity

Blood type O portions

The number of recommended portions suggested depends on your ancestry as well as your blood type. They are guidelines only; you should try to formulate your own plan for portion sizes. Take note that some of them are daily recommendations and others are weekly recommendations.

  • Lead red meats
    • Portion size 4-6 ounces for men, 2-5 ounces for women and children
    • Weekly number of portions depending on your ancestry: 5-7x (African), 4-6x (Caucasian), 3-5x (Asian)
    • Try not to consume more than 6 ounces of meat at any one meal
  • Poultry
    • Portion size 4-6 ounces for men, 2-5 ounces for women and children
    • Weekly number of portions: 1-2x (African), 2-3x (Caucasian), 3-4x (Asian)
  • Seafood
    • Portion size 4-6 ounces for all
    • Weekly number of portions: 1-4x (African), 3-5x (Caucasian), 4-6x (Asian)
  • Eggs
    • Portion size 1 egg for all
    • Weekly number of portions: 0x (African), 3-4x (Caucasian), 5x (Asian)
  • Cheeses
    • Portion size 2 ounces for all
    • Weekly number of portions: 0x (African), 0-3x (Caucasian), 0-3x (Asian)
  • Yogurt
    • Portion size 4-6 ounces for all
    • Weekly number of portions: 0x (African), 0-3x (Caucasian), 0-3x (Asian)
  • Milk
    • Portion size 4-6 ounces for all
    • Weekly number of portions: 0x (African), 0-1x (Caucasian), 0-2x (Asian)
  • Oils
    • Portion size 1 tablespoon for all
    • Weekly number of portions: 1-5x (African), 4-8x (Caucasian), 3-7x (Asian)
    • Increase the value of oils by limiting your use to monounsaturated oils such as olive oil and flaxseed oil
  • Nuts and seeds
    • Portion size 6-8 nuts for all
    • Weekly number of portions: 2-5x (African), 3-4x (Caucasian), 2-3x (Asian)
    • These foods should not take the place of high-protein meats. You don’t need them in your diet, and should be very selective in their use, as they are high in fat. You should avoid them if you’re trying to lose weight. If you do eat them, be sure to chew them thoroughly, or use nut butters, which are easier to digest, especially if you have the colon problems that are more frequently experienced by Type Os
  • Nut butters
    • Portion size 1 tablespoon for all
    • Weekly number of portions: 3-4x (African), 3-7x (Caucasian), 2-4x (Asian)
  • Beans and legumes
    • Portion size 1 cup dry (usually 1½ – 2 cups cooked) for all
    • Weekly number of portions: 1-2x (African), 1-2x (Caucasian), 2-6x (Asian)
  • Cereals
    • Portion size 1 cup dry for all
    • Weekly number of portions: 2-3x (African), 2-3x (Caucasian), 2-4x (Asian)
  • Breads and crackers
    • Portion size 1 slice for all
    • Daily number of portions: 0-4x (African), 0-2x (Caucasian), 0-4x (Asian)
    • Even wheat-free breads can be troublesome for Type Os if they eat them often enough, as their genetic makeup is not assimilated to the consumption of grains. Sprouted seed breads are more digestible.
  • Muffins
    • Portion size 1 muffin for all
    • Daily number of portions: 0-2x (African), 0-1x (Caucasian), 0-1x (Asian)
  • Grains
    • Portion size 1 cup dry (usually 1½ – 2 cups cooked) for all
    • Weekly number of portions: 0-3x (African), 0-3x (Caucasian), 0-3x (Asian)
  • Pastas
    • Portion size 1 cup dry (usually 1½ – 2 cups cooked) for all
    • Weekly number of portions: 0-3x (African), 0-3x (Caucasian), 0-3x (Asian)
    • Pastas made from buckwheat flour, Jerusalem artichoke flour, or rice flour are better tolerated by Type Os; these foods are not essential to your diet and should be limited in favor of more effective animal and fish foods
  • Raw vegetables
    • Portion size 1 cup prepared for all
    • Daily number of portions: 3-5x (all ancestries)
  • Cooked vegetables
    • Portion size 1 cup prepared for all
    • Daily number of portions: 3-5x (all ancestries)
  • Fruit
    • Portion size 1 fruit or 3-5 ounces for all
    • Daily number of portions: 3-4x (all ancestries)
  • Juices
    • Portion size 8 ounces for all
    • Daily number of portions: 3-4x (all ancestries)
  • Water
    • Portion size 8 ounces for all
    • Daily number of portions: 4-7x (all ancestries)
  • Spices, sugars, seasonings
    • No portion guidelines
  • Condiments
    • No portion guidelines
    • Sugar products such as honey and sugar, and chocolate, should be strictly limited to occasional use as condiments
    • All pickled foods are indigestible for Type Os, as they irritate the Type O stomach lining
  • Herbal teas
    • No portion guidelines
  • Miscellaneous beverages
    • No portion guidelines
  • Oils are beneficial, especially monounsaturated oils
  • Eat plentiful vegetables, raw and cooked
  • Restrict use of dairy products and eggs
  • Eat a limited amount of beans/legumes
  • Eat a limited amount of grain and wheat products: cereals, breads except sprouted breads, grains, and pasta

Blood type A food list

Type A beneficial foods  |  Type A neutral foods  |  Type A foods that act as poisonsFoods that encourage Type A weight gain  |  Foods that encourage Type A weight loss  |  Type A portion sizes

Type A (“The Cultivator”) is an agrarian blood type, which appeared between 25,000 and 15,000 BC. Agriculture and animal domestication were the hallmarks of this culture. The cultivation of grains and livestock changed everything. Able to forego their hand-to-mouth existence and sustain themselves for the first time, people established stable communities and permanent living structures. This radically different lifestyle, a major change in diet and environment, resulted in an entirely new mutation in the digestive tracts and the immune systems of the Neolithic peoples – a mutation that allowed them to better tolerate and absorb cultivated grains and other agricultural products. Type A emerged as more resistant to infections common to densely populated areas.

40% of people in the USA have type A blood.

  • Almost gluten-free

Highly beneficial foods that act like medicine, to eat in Eat Right 4 Your Type – blood type A

  • Meats and poultry – highly beneficial for blood type A
    • None
  • Seafood – highly beneficial for blood type A
    • Fish: carp, cod, monkfish, mackerel, perch (silver/yellow), pickerel, pollack, red snapper, salmon (fresh), sardine, rainbow trout, sea trout, whitefish, whiting
    • Shellfish: none
    • Other: snail/escargot
  • Dairy and eggs – highly beneficial for blood type A
    • None
  • Oils and fats – highly beneficial for blood type A
    • Blackcurrant seed oil, flaxseed oil, olive oil, walnut oil
  • Nuts and seeds – highly beneficial for blood type A
    • Nuts: peanut, peanut butter, walnut (black walnuts and English walnuts)
    • Seeds: flaxseed, pumpkin seed
  • Beans and legumes – highly beneficial for blood type A
    • Adzuki bean, black bean, black-eyed pea, fava bean/broad bean, lentil (domestic/green/red)
    • Soy: soybean, soy cheese, soy flakes/granules, soy milk, soy miso, soy tempeh, soy tofu
    • Vegetables counted as legumes: green bean, snap bean, string bean
  • Cereals – highly beneficial for blood type A
    • Whole grains: amaranth, buckwheat/kasha
    • Processed grains: oat bran, oatmeal
    • See also “grains and pasta” below
  • Breads and muffins – highly beneficial for blood type A
    • Essene bread/manna bread, Ezekiel bread, soy flour bread
  • Grains, pasta , and flours
    • Whole and cracked grains: buckwheat/kasha
    • Flour: oat flour, rye flour
    • Pastas and noodles: soba noodles (100% buckwheat)
  • Vegetables – highly beneficial for blood type A
    • Alfalfa sprouts, artichokes, globe artichokes, Jerusalem artichoke, beet greens, broccoli, carrot, celery, chicory, collard greens, dandelion, escarole, fennel, garlic, kale, kohlrabi, leek, romaine lettuce, mushroom (common mushroom/button mushroom, maitake mushroom, silver dollar mushroom), okra, onion (all), parsnip, pumpkin, rappini/broccoli rabe, spinach, Swiss chard, turnip
    • Herbs and fresh spices (see also seasonings below): ginger, horseradish, parsley
  • Fruit – highly beneficial for blood type A
    • Apricot, blackberry, blueberry, boysenberry, cherry (all), cranberry, fig (fresh or dried), grapefruit, lemon, lime, pineapple, plum (all), prune
  • Juices and fluids – highly beneficial for blood type A
    • Fruit juices: apricot juice, blackberry juice, cherry juice (all), grapefruit juice, lemon juice, lime juice, pineapple juice, prune juice
    • Vegetable juices: aloe juice, carrot juice, celery juice, spinach juice
  • Spices, sugars, and seasonings – highly beneficial for blood type A
    • Spices: garlic, ginger, dry mustard, turmeric
    • Herbs listed as seasonings: (see also vegetables above): parsley
    • Sugars: barley malt, blackstrap molasses
    • Other seasonings and pantry: horseradish, tamari
  • Condiments – highly beneficial for blood type A
    • Savory condiments: mustard, soy sauce
  • Herbal teas – highly beneficial for blood type A
    • Alfalfa tea, aloe tea, astralagus tea, burdock tea, chamomile tea, dandelion tea, echinacea tea, fennel tea, fenugreek tea, gentian tea, gingko biloba tea, ginseng tea, hawthorn tea, holy basil tea, milk thistle tea, rose hip tea, Saint-John’s-wort tea, slippery elm tea, stone root tea, valerian tea
  • Miscellaneous beverages – highly beneficial for blood type A
    • Coffee (regular/decaf), green tea
    • Alcoholic drinks: red wine

Neutral foods to eat with Eat Right 4 Your Type – blood type A

  • Meats and poultry – neutral for blood type A
    • Meats: None
    • Poultry: chicken, Cornish hen, grouse, guinea hen, ostrich, squab, turkey
  • Seafood – neutral for blood type A
    • Fish: bass (sea), butterfish, bullhead, chub, croaker, cusk, drum, halfmoon fish, mahimahi, mullet, muskellunge, pike, porgy, pompano, sailfish, salmon roe, scrod, shark, smelt, sturgeon, sucker, sunfish, swordfish, tilapia, trout (brook), tuna, weakfish, yellowtail
    • Shellfish: abalone
  • Dairy and eggs – neutral for blood type A
    • Avoid anything made with whole milk
    • Milk products: ghee/clarified butter, goat’s milk, kefir, sour cream (low-fat / nonfat), yogurt (all varieties)
    • Cheeses: farmer cheese, feta, goat cheese, mozzarella, paneer, ricotta
    • Eggs: chicken eggs, duck eggs, goose eggs, quail eggs (should be organic)
  • Oils and fats – neutral for blood type A
    • Almond oil, avocado oil, borage seed oil, canola oil, cod liver oil, evening primrose oil, safflower oil, sesame oil, soybean oil, sunflower oil, wheat germ oil
  • Nuts and seeds – neutral for blood type A
    • Nuts: almond, almond butter, almond cheese, almond milk, beechnut, butternut, chestnut, filbert/hazelnut, hickory nut, macadamia nut, pecan, pecan butter, pignola/pine nut,
    • Seeds: poppy seed, safflower seed, sesame butter/tahini, sesame seed, sunflower seed, sunflower butter
    • Fruits counted as nuts/seeds: litchi
  • Beans and legumes – neutral for blood type A
    • Cannellini bean, mung bean, mung bean sprouts, northern bean, white bean
    • Vegetables counted as legumes: jicama, pea, snow pea
  • Cereals – neutral for blood type A
    • Whole grains: barley, kamut, quinoa, spelt
    • Processed grains: cornflakes, cornmeal, cream of rice, grits, puffed millet, rice bran, puffed rice, sorghum
    • Non-grains: tapioca
    • See also “grains and pasta” below
  • Breads and muffins – neutral for blood type A
    • Brown rice bread, corn muffin, gluten-free bread, oat bran muffin, rice cake, rye bread (100%), rye crisp, Ryvita, spelt bread, sprouted wheat bread (commercial), Wasa crispbread (wheat-free)
    • Grains listed as bread/muffins: kamut, millet
  • Grains and pasta – neutral for blood type A
    • Whole and cracked grains: cracked wheat, quinoa, basmati rice, brown rice, white rice, wild rice
    • Flour: barley flour, bulgur wheat flour, durum wheat flour, graham flour, rice flour, spelt flour, sprouted wheat flour, white flour,
    • Pastas and noodles: couscous, semolina pasta, spelt noodles
  • Vegetables – neutral for blood type A
    • Arugula, asparagus, asparagus pea, bamboo shoot, beet, bok choy, Brussels sprout, cauliflower, celeriac, corn (all), cucumber, daikon radish, endive, fiddlehead fern, lettuce (Bibb lettuce, Boston lettuce, iceberg lettuce, lettuce, mesclun), mushroom (abalone mushroom, enoki mushroom, oyster mushroom, Portobello mushroom, tree mushroom), mustard greens, oyster plant/salsify, pimiento, radicchio, radish, radish sprouts, rutabaga/swede, scallion/spring onion, shallot, squash (all types), taro, water chestnut, watercress, zucchini
    • Herbs and fresh spices (see also seasonings below): caraway, chervil, cilantro, coriander
    • Vegetables commonly viewed as condiments: green olives
    • Sea vegetables and algae: kelp, seaweed
  • Fruit – neutral for blood type A
    • Apple, Asian pear, currant (blackcurrant/red currant), date, elderberry, gooseberry, grape (all), guava, kiwi, kumquat, loganberry, melon (canang melon, cantaloupe melon, casaba melon, Christmas melon, Crenshaw melon, musk melon, Persian melon, Spanish melon), mulberry, nectarine, peach, pear, persimmon, pomegranate, prickly pear, quince, raisin, raspberry, starfruit/carambola, strawberry, watermelon, youngberry
    • Vegetables counted as fruits: avocado, breadfruit, sago palm
  • Juices and fluids – neutral for blood type A
    • Fruit juices: apple juice, apple cider, cranberry juice, grape juice, guava juice, nectarine juice, pear juice
    • Vegetable juices: beet green juice, cabbage juice (listed as both neutral and avoid), cucumber juice, vegetable juice from acceptable vegetables
    • Water would presumably be viewed as neutral
  • Spices, sugars, and seasonings – neutral for blood type A
    • Spices: allspice, anise, caraway, cardamom, cinnamon, clove, coriander, cumin, curry, mace, nutmeg, paprika, saffron
    • Herbs listed as seasonings (see also vegetables above): basil, bay leaf, chervil, chives, dill, marjoram, oregano, peppermint, rosemary, sage, savory, spearmint, tarragon, thyme
    • Sugars: brown rice syrup, corn syrup, dextrose, fructose, honey, invert sugar, maltodextrin, maple syrup, rice syrup, stevia, sugar (brown/white)
    • Other seasonings and pantry: agar, almond extract, arrowroot, bergamot, carob, chocolate, cornstarch, cream of tartar, dulse, kelp, lecithin, salt, tapioca, vanilla, yeast (baker’s yeast, brewer’s yeast)
  • Condiments – neutral for blood type A
    • Sweet condiments: apple butter, jam/jelly (from acceptable fruits)
    • Savory condiments: salad dressing (low-fat, from acceptable ingredients)
  • Herbal teas – neutral for blood type A
    • Chickweed tea, coltsfoot tea, dong quai tea, elder tea, hops tea, horehound tea, licorice root tea, linden/limeflower tea, mulberry tea, mullein tea, peppermint tea, raspberry leaf tea, sage tea, sarsaparilla tea, senna tea, shepherd’s purse tea, skullcap tea, spearmint tea, strawberry leaf tea, thyme tea, vervain tea, white birch tea, white oak bark tea, yarrow tea
  • Miscellaneous beverages – neutral for blood type A
    • White wine

Foods that act as poisons, to avoid with Eat Right 4 Your Type – blood type A

  • Meats and poultry – act as poisons for blood type A
    • Meats: bacon, beef, buffalo, ham, heart, lamb, calf liver, mutton, pork, rabbit, squirrel, turtle, sweetbreads, veal, venison
    • Poultry: duck, goose, partridge, pheasant, quail
  • Seafood – act as poisons for blood type A
    • Fish: anchovy, barracuda, bass (bluegill/striped), bluefish, catfish, caviar, eel, flounder, grouper, haddock, hake, halibut, herring (fresh/smoked/pickled), lox/smoked salmon, opaleye fish, orange roughy, rosefish, scup, shad, sole (all), tilefish
    • Shellfish: clam, conch, crab, crayfish, lobster, mussel, octopus, oyster, scallop, shrimp, squid/calamari
    • Other: frog
  • Dairy and eggs – act as poisons for blood type A
    • Milk products: butter, buttermilk, casein, half & half, ice cream, cow’s milk, sherbet, whey
    • Cheeses: American cheese, blue cheese, brie, Camembert, cheddar, Colby, cottage cheese, cream cheese, edam, Emmenthal, gouda, Gruyère, Jarlsburg, Monterey jack, Muenster, Neufchâtel, parmesan, provolone, quark, string cheese, Swiss cheese
  • Oils and fats – act as poisons for blood type A
    • Castor oil, coconut oil, corn oil, cottonseed oil, peanut oil
  • Nuts and seeds – act as poisons for blood type A
    • Nuts: Brazil nut, cashew, cashew butter, pistachio
  • Beans and legumes – act as poisons for blood type A
    • Copper bean, garbanzo bean/chickpea, kidney bean, lima bean, navy bean
    • Fruits/condiments counted as beans: tamarind bean
  • Cereals – act as poisons for blood type A
    • Whole grains: wheat
    • Processed grains: cream of wheat, familia, farina, grape-nuts, shredded wheat, seven-grain, wheat bran, wheat germ
    • See also “grains and pasta” below
  • Breads and muffins – act as poisons for blood type A
    • English muffin, high-protein bread, matzo, multi-grain bread, pumpernickel, wheat bran muffin, whole wheat bread
  • Grains and pasta – act as poisons for blood type A
    • Flour: whole wheat flour
  • Vegetables – act as poisons for blood type A
    • Cabbage (chinese cabbage/Napa cabbage, red cabbage, white cabbage), eggplant, mushroom (shiitake mushroom), pepper (bell pepper, green or orange or purple or yellow; jalapeño, cayenne pepper), potato (blue, red, white, yellow), sweet potato, tomato, yam, yucca
    • Vegetables commonly viewed as condiments: capers, olives (black olives, Greek olives, Spanish olives)
    • Herbs and fresh spices (see also seasonings below): chili pepper, juniper
    • Processed vegetables: sauerkraut
    • Vegetables commonly viewed as fruits: rhubarb
  • Fruit – act as poisons for blood type A
    • Banana, mango, melon (bitter melon, honeydew melon), orange, papaya, tangerine
    • Vegetables counted as fruits: plantain
    • Nuts counted as fruits: coconut
  • Juices and fluids – act as poisons for blood type A
    • Fruit juices: mango juice, orange juice, papaya juice, tangerine juice
    • Vegetable juices: cabbage juice (listed as both neutral and avoid), tomato juice
    • Other: coconut milk
  • Spices, sugars, and seasonings – act as poisons for blood type A
    • Spices: pepper (peppercorns, black pepper, white pepper, cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes)
    • Herbs listed as seasonings (see also vegetables above): wintergreen
    • Sugars: none
    • Other seasonings and pantry: acacia/gum arabic, capers, plain gelatin, tamarind, vinegar (all)
  • Condiments – act as poisons for blood type A
    • Savory condiments: ketchup, mayonnaise, pickles (all), pickle relish, vinegar (all), Worcestershire sauce
  • Herbal teas – act as poisons for blood type A
    • Catnip tea, cayenne tea, corn silk tea, goldenseal tea, juniper tea, red clover tea, rhubarb tea, yellow dock tea
  • Miscellaneous beverages – act as poisons for blood type A
    • Black tea (regular/decaf)
    • Alcoholic drinks: beer, liquor (distilled)
    • Other drinks: club soda, selzter water, soda (cola/diet/misc.)

Foods that encourage weight gain in blood type A

  • Animal proteins – meat, dairy foods
  • Legumes – kidney beans, lima beans
  • Grains – wheat (in overabundance)

Foods that encourage weight loss in blood type A

  • Fats – vegetable oils
  • Legumes – soy foods
  • Vegetables
  • Fruit – pineapple

Blood type A portions

The number of recommended portions suggested depends on your ancestry as well as your blood type. They are guidelines only; you should try to formulate your own plan for portion sizes. Take note that some of them are daily recommendations and others are weekly recommendations.

  • Lead red meats
    • Portion size 4-6 ounces for men, 2-5 ounces for women and children
    • Weekly number of portions depending on your ancestry: 0-1x (African), 0x (Caucasian), 0-1x (Asian)
    • When you eat meats, choose the leanest cuts you can find; poultry is preferable to red meat
    • Stay completely away from processed meat products such as ham, frankfurters, and cold cuts – these contain nitrates, which promote stomach cancer in people with low levels of stomach acid, a Type A trait
  • Poultry
    • Portion size 4-6 ounces for men, 2-5 ounces for women and children
    • Weekly number of portions: 0-3x (African), 0-3x (Caucasian), 1-4x (Asian)
  • Seafood
    • Portion size 4-6 ounces for all
    • Weekly number of portions: 0-3x (African), 1-4x (Caucasian), 1-4x (Asian)
  • Eggs
    • Portion size 1 egg for all
    • Weekly number of portions: 1-3x (African), 1-3x (Caucasian), 1-3x (Asian)
  • Cheeses
    • Portion size 2 ounces for all
    • Weekly number of portions: 1-3x (African), 2-4x (Caucasian), 0x (Asian)
  • Yogurt
    • Portion size 4-6 ounces for all
    • Weekly number of portions: 0x (African), 1-3x (Caucasian), 0-3x (Asian)
  • Milk
    • Portion size 4-6 ounces for all
    • Weekly number of portions: 0x (African), 0-4x (Caucasian), 0x (Asian)
  • Oils
    • Portion size 1 tablespoon for all
    • Weekly number of portions: 3-8x (African), 2-6x (Caucasian), 2-6x (Asian)
  • Nuts and seeds
    • Portion size 6-8 nuts for all
    • Weekly number of portions: 4-6x (African), 2-5x (Caucasian), 4-6x (Asian)
  • Nut butters
    • Portion size 1 tablespoon for all
    • Weekly number of portions: 3-5x (African), 1-4x (Caucasian), 2-4x (Asian)
  • Beans and legumes
    • Portion size 1 cup dry (usually 1½ – 2 cups cooked) for all
    • Weekly number of portions: 4-7x (African), 3-6x (Caucasian), 2-5x (Asian)
  • Cereals/whole grains
    • Portion size 1 cup dry for all
    • Weekly number of portions: 6-10x (African), 5-9x (Caucasian), 4-8x (Asian)
  • Breads and crackers
    • Portion size 1 slice for all
    • Daily number of portions: 2-4x (African), 3-5x (Caucasian), 2-4x (Asian)
  • Muffins
    • Portion size 1 muffin for all
    • Daily number of portions: 1x (African), 1-2x (Caucasian), 1x (Asian)
  • Grains
    • Portion size 1 cup dry (usually 1½ – 2 cups cooked) for all
    • Weekly number of portions: 2-3x (African), 2-4x (Caucasian), 2-4x (Asian)
  • Pastas
    • Contradictory information in Cereals and Grains and Pasta sections; the first numbers given here may be the correct one but it’s unclear
    • Portion size 1 cup dry (usually 1½ – 2 cups cooked) for all
    • Weekly number of portions: 2-3 OR 3-5x (African), 2-4 OR 4-6x (Caucasian), 2-4 OR 3-5x (Asian)
  • Raw vegetables
    • Portion size 1 cup prepared for all
    • Daily number of portions: 3-6x (African), 2-5x (Caucasian), 2-5x (Asian)
  • Cooked vegetables
    • Portion size 1 cup prepared for all
    • Daily number of portions: 1-4x (African), 3-6x (Caucasian), 3-6x (Asian)
  • Soy products
    • Portion size 6-8 ounces for all
    • Weekly number of portions: 4-6x (African), 4-6x (Caucasian), 5-7x (Asian)
  • Fruit
    • Portion size 1 fruit or 3-5 ounces for all
    • Daily number of portions: 3-4x (all ancestries)
  • Juices
    • Portion size 8 ounces for all
    • Daily number of portions: 4-5x (all ancestries)
  • Lemon and water
    • Portion size 8 ounces for all
    • Daily number of portions: 1x (in morning) (all ancestries)
    • Type AB should begin each day by drinking a glass of warm water with the freshly squeezed juice of half a lemon to cleanse the system of mucus accumulated while sleeping, and to aid elimination
    • Portion size 8 ounces for all
    • Daily number of portions: 1-3x (all ancestries)
  • Spices, sugars, seasonings
    • No portion guidelines
  • Condiments
    • No portion guidelines
  • Herbal teas
    • No portion guidelines
  • Miscellaneous beverages
    • No portion guidelines

Blood type B food list

Type B beneficial foods  |  Type B neutral foods  |  Type B foods that act as poisons  |  Foods that encourage Type B weight gain  |  Foods that encourage Type B weight loss  |  Type B portion sizes

Type B (“The Nomad”) is a nomadic blood type, developed between 10,000 and 15,000 BC in the Himalayan highlands, now part of present-day Pakistan and India. Pushed from the hot, lush savannahs of eastern Africa to the cold, unyielding highlands of the Himalayas, blood type B may have initially mutated in response to climactic changes. This new blood type was soon characteristic of the great tribes of steppe dwellers such as the Mongolians, who dominated the Eurasian plains. Their culture depended upon herding and domesticating animals, with a diet of meat and cultured dairy products. These people tolerate a variety of foods.

11% of people in the USA have blood type B

  • Eat meat, fish, and dairy for optimum health

Highly beneficial foods that act like medicine, to eat in Eat Right 4 Your Type – blood type B

  • Meats and poultry – highly beneficial for blood type B
    • Meats: goat, lamb, mutton, rabbit, venison
    • Poultry: none
  • Seafood – highly beneficial for blood type B
    • Fish: caviar, cod, croaker, flounder, grouper, haddock, hake, halibut, mahimahi, monkfish, perch (ocean), pickerel, pike, porgy, salmon (fresh), sardine, shad, sole (except gray or dover), sturgeon
    • Shellfish: none
  • Dairy and eggs – highly beneficial for blood type B
    • Milk products: kefir, cow’s milk, goat’s milk, yogurt (all varieties)
    • Cheeses: cottage cheese, farmer cheese, feta, goat cheese, mozzarella, paneer, ricotta
    • Eggs: none
  • Oils and fats – highly beneficial for blood type B
    • Olive oil
  • Nuts and seeds – highly beneficial for blood type B
    • Nuts: black walnuts
    • Seeds: none
  • Beans and legumes – highly beneficial for blood type B
    • Kidney bean, lima bean, navy bean
  • Cereals – highly beneficial for blood type B
    • Whole grains: millet, spelt
    • Processed grains: oat bran, oatmeal, rice bran, puffed rice
    • See also “grains and pasta” below
  • Breads and muffins – highly beneficial for blood type B
    • Brown rice bread, Essene bread/manna bread, Ezekiel bread, rice cake, Wasa crispbread (wheat-free)
    • Grains listed as bread/muffins: millet
  • Grains and pasta – highly beneficial for blood type B
    • Whole and cracked grains: none
    • Flour: millet flour, oat flour, rice flour, spelt flour
    • Pastas and noodles: none
  • Vegetables – highly beneficial for blood type B
    • Beet, beet greens, broccoli, Brussels sprout, cabbage (Chinese cabbage/Napa cabbage, red cabbage, white cabbage), carrot, cauliflower, collard greens, eggplant, kale, shiitake mushroom, mustard greens, parsnip, pepper (all), sweet potato, yam
    • Herbs and fresh spices (see also seasonings below): ginger, parsley
  • Fruit – highly beneficial for blood type B
    • Banana, cranberry, grape (all), papaya, pineapple, plum (all), watermelon
  • Juices and fluids – highly beneficial for blood type B
    • Fruit juices: cranberry juice, papaya juice, pineapple juice
    • Vegetable juices: beet green juice, cabbage juice
  • Spices, sugars, and seasonings – highly beneficial for blood type B
    • Spices: curry, ginger, cayenne pepper
    • Herbs listed as seasonings: (see also vegetables above): parsley
    • Sugars: none
    • Other seasonings and pantry: horseradish
  • Condiments – highly beneficial for blood type B
    • None
  • Herbal teas – highly beneficial for blood type B
    • Cayenne tea, ginger tea, ginseng tea, green tea, licorice root tea (do not use without your doctor’s permission), milk thistle tea, parsley tea, peppermint tea, raspberry leaf tea, rose hip tea
  • Miscellaneous beverages – highly beneficial for blood type B
    • Green tea

Neutral foods to eat with Eat Right 4 Your Type – blood type B

  • Meats and poultry – neutral for blood type B
    • Meats: beef, buffalo, calf liver, veal
    • Poultry: ostrich, pheasant, turkey
  • Seafood – neutral for blood type B
    • Fish: bluefish, bullhead, carp, catfish, chub, cusk, drum, halfmoon fish, herring (fresh), mullet, muskellunge, opaleye fish, orange roughy, parrot fish, perch (silver/white/yellow), pompano, red snapper, rosefish, sailfish, scrod, scup, shark, smelt, sucker, sunfish, swordfish, tilapia, tilefish, tuna, weakfish, whitefish, whiting
    • Shellfish: abalone, scallop, squid/calamari
  • Dairy and eggs – neutral for blood type B
    • Milk products: butter, buttermilk, casein, ghee/clarified butter, sherbet, sour cream (low-fat / nonfat), whey
    • Cheeses: brie, Camembert, cheddar, Colby, cream cheese, edam, Emmenthal, gouda, Gruyère, Jarlsburg, Monterey jack, Muenster, Neufchâtel, parmesan, provolone, quark, Swiss cheese
    • Eggs: chicken eggs
  • Oils and fats – neutral for blood type B
    • Almond oil, blackcurrant seed oil, cod liver oil, evening primrose oil, flaxseed oil, walnut oil, wheat germ oil
  • Nuts and seeds – neutral for blood type B
    • Nuts: almond, almond butter, almond cheese, almond milk, Brazil nut, butternut, chestnut, hickory nut, macadamia nut, pecan, pecan butter, walnut (English walnuts)
    • Seeds: flaxseed
    • Fruits counted as nuts/seeds: litchi
  • Beans and legumes – neutral for blood type B
    • Cannellini bean, copper bean, fava bean/broad bean, northern bean, white bean
    • Vegetables counted as legumes: green bean, snap bean, string bean, jicama, pea, snow pea
    • Fruits/condiments counted as beans: tamarind bean
  • Cereals – neutral for blood type B
    • Whole grains: barley, quinoa
    • Processed grains: cream of rice
    • See also “grains and pasta” below
    • When Type B is in good balance, following the fundamental tenets of the diet, wheat may not be a problem. However, wheat is not tolerated well by most Type Bs (although sprouted wheat is well tolerated)
  • Breads and muffins – neutral for blood type B
    • Gluten-free bread, high-protein bread (wheat-free), oat bran muffin, spelt bread, soy flour bread, wheat bread (refined, unbleached), wheat (white flour products)
  • Grains and pasta – neutral for blood type B
    • Whole and cracked grains: quinoa, basmati rice, brown rice, white rice
    • Flour: barley flour, white flour
    • Pastas and noodles: semolina pasta
  • Vegetables – neutral for blood type B
    • Alfalfa sprouts, arugula, asparagus, asparagus pea, bamboo shoot, bok choy, celeriac, celery, chicory, cucumber, daikon radish, dandelion, endive, escarole, fennel, fiddlehead fern, garlic, kohlrabi, leek, lettuce (Bibb lettuce, Boston lettuce, iceberg lettuce, mesclun, romaine), mushroom (abalone mushroom, common mushroom/button mushroom, enoki mushroom, maitake mushroom, onions, oyster mushroom, Portobello mushroom, silver dollar mushroom, straw mushroom, tree mushroom), oyster plant/salsify, potato (blue, white, yellow), radicchio, rappini/broccoli rabe, rutabaga/swede, scallion/spring onion, shallot, spinach, squash (all types), Swiss chard, turnip, water chestnut, watercress, zucchini
    • Herbs and fresh spices (see also seasonings below): chervil, cilantro, dill, horseradish
    • Vegetables commonly viewed as condiments: capers
    • Processed vegetables: sauerkraut
    • Sea vegetables and algae: kelp, seaweed
  • Fruit – neutral for blood type B
    • Apple, apricot, Asian pear, blackberry, blueberry, boysenberry, cherry (all), currant (blackcurrant/red currant), date, dewberry, elderberry, fig (fresh or dried), gooseberry, grapefruit, guava, kiwi, kumquat, lemon, lime, loganberry, mango, melon (canang melon, cantaloupe melon, casaba melon, Crenshaw melon, Christmas melon, honeydew melon, musk melon, Persian melon, Spanish melon), mulberry, nectarine, orange, peach, pear, prune, quince, raisin, raspberry, strawberry, tangerine, youngberry
    • Vegetables counted as fruits: breadfruit, plantain, sago palm
  • Juices and fluids – neutral for blood type B
    • Fruit juices: apple juice, apple cider, apricot juice, cherry juice (all), grapefruit juice, lemon juice, lime juice, nectarine juice, orange juice, pomegranate juice (listed as both neutral and avoid), prune juice, tangerine juice
    • Vegetable juices: aloe juice, carrot juice, celery juice, cucumber juice, tomato juice (listed as both neutral and avoid), vegetable juice from acceptable vegetables
    • Other: coconut milk (listed as both neutral and avoid)
    • Water would presumably be viewed as neutral
  • Spices, sugars, and seasonings – neutral for blood type B
    • Spices: anise, caraway, cardamom, chili powder, clove, coriander, cumin, garlic, mace, dry mustard, nutmeg, paprika, pepper (peppercorns, red pepper flakes), saffron, turmeric
    • Herbs listed as seasonings (see also vegetables above): basil, bay leaf, chervil, chives, dill, marjoram, oregano, peppermint, rosemary, sage, savory, spearmint, tarragon, thyme, wintergreen
    • Sugars: brown rice syrup, fructose, honey, maple syrup, blackstrap molasses, rice syrup, stevia, sucanat, sugar (brown/white)
    • Other seasonings and pantry: agar, apple pectin, arrowroot, bergamot, capers, carob, chocolate, cream of tartar, dulse, kelp, lecithin, salt, tamari (wheat-free), vanilla, vinegar (all), yeast (baker’s yeast, brewer’s yeast)
  • Condiments – neutral for blood type B
    • Sweet condiments: apple butter, jam/jelly (from acceptable fruits)
    • Savory condiments: mayonnaise, mustard (except dry), pickles (all), pickle relish, salad dressing (low-fat, from acceptable ingredients), Worcestershire sauce
  • Herbal teas – neutral for blood type B
    • Alfalfa tea, astralagus tea, burdock tea, catnip tea, chamomile tea, chickweed tea, dandelion tea, dong quai tea, echinacea tea, elder tea, fenugreek tea, hawthorn tea, horehound tea, mulberry tea, sage tea, senna tea, Saint-John’s-wort tea, sarsaparilla tea, slippery elm tea, spearmint tea, strawberry leaf tea, thyme tea, valerian tea, vervain tea, white birch tea, white oak bark tea, yarrow tea, yellow dock tea
  • Miscellaneous beverages – neutral for blood type B
    • Coffee (regular/decaf), black tea (regular/decaf)
    • Alcoholic drinks: beer, red wine, white wine

Foods that act as poisons, to avoid with Eat Right 4 Your Type – blood type B

  • Meats and poultry – act as poisons for blood type B
    • Meats: bacon, ham, heart, horse, pork, squirrel, sweetbreads, turtle
    • Poultry: chicken, Cornish hen, duck, goose, grouse, guinea hen, partridge, quail, squab
  • Seafood – act as poisons for blood type B
    • Fish: anchovy, bass (bluegill bass/sea bass/striped bass), barracuda, beluga/sturgeon, butterfish, eel, herring (pickled), lox/smoked salmon, pollack, salmon roe, sole (gray or dover), trout (all), yellowtail
    • Shellfish: clam, conch, crab, crayfish, lobster, mussel, octopus, oyster, shrimp
    • Other: frog, snail/escargot
  • Dairy and eggs – act as poisons for blood type B
    • Milk products: ice cream
    • Cheeses: American cheese, blue cheese, string cheese
    • Eggs: duck eggs, goose eggs, quail eggs
  • Oils and fats – act as poisons for blood type B
    • Avocado oil, borage seed oil, canola oil, castor oil, coconut oil, corn oil, cottonseed oil, peanut oil, safflower oil, sesame oil, soybean oil, sunflower oil
  • Nuts and seeds – act as poisons for blood type B
    • Nuts: cashew, cashew butter, filbert/hazelnut, peanut, peanut butter, pignola/pine nut, pistachio
    • Seeds: poppy seed, pumpkin seed, sesame butter/tahini, sesame seed, sunflower seed, sunflower butter
  • Beans and legumes – act as poisons for blood type B
    • Adzuki bean, black bean, black-eyed pea, garbanzo bean/chickpea, lentil (domestic/green/red), mung bean, mung bean sprouts, pinto bean
    • Soy: soybean, soy cheese, soy flakes/granules, soy milk, soy miso, soy tempeh, soy tofu
  • Cereals – act as poisons for blood type B
    • Whole grains: amaranth, buckwheat/kasha, kamut, rye, teff, wheat
    • Processed grains: cornflakes, cornmeal, cream of wheat, grits, seven-grain, wheat bran, wheat germ
    • Non-grains: tapioca
    • See also “grains and pasta” below
  • Breads and muffins – act as poisons for blood type B
    • Multi-grain bread, pumpernickel, rye bread (100%), rye crisp, Ryvita, wheat bran muffin, whole wheat bread
    • Grains listed as bread/muffins: amaranth, durum wheat, kamut
  • Grains and pasta – act as poisons for blood type B
    • Whole and cracked grains: buckwheat/kasha, cracked wheat, wild rice
    • Flour: bulgur wheat flour, durum wheat flour, gluten flour, graham flour, rye flour, whole wheat flour
    • Pastas and noodles: couscous, soba noodles (buckwheat)
  • Vegetables – act as poisons for blood type B
    • Artichoke, globe artichoke, corn (all), Jerusalem artichoke, pumpkin, radish, radish sprouts, taro, tomato
    • Vegetables commonly viewed as condiments: olives (all)
    • Vegetables commonly viewed as fruits: rhubarb
  • Fruit – act as poisons for blood type B
    • Melon (bitter melon), persimmon, pomegranate, prickly pear, starfruit/carambola
    • Vegetables counted as fruits: avocado
    • Nuts counted as fruits: coconut
  • Juices and fluids – act as poisons for blood type B
    • Fruit juices: pomegranate juice (listed as both neutral and avoid)
    • Vegetable juices: tomato juice (listed as both neutral and avoid)
    • Other: coconut milk (listed as both neutral and avoid)
  • Spices, sugars, and seasonings – act as poisons for blood type B
    • Spices: allspice, cinnamon, pepper (black pepper, white pepper)
    • Sugars: aspartame, barley malt, corn syrup, invert sugar, maltodextrin
    • Other seasonings and pantry: acacia/gum arabic, almond extract, carrageenan, cornstarch, guar gum, MSG monosodium glutamate, tapioca
  • Condiments – act as poisons for blood type B
    • Savory condiments: ketchup, soy sauce
  • Herbal teas – act as poisons for blood type B
    • Aloe tea, coltsfoot tea, corn silk tea, gentian tea, goldenseal tea, guarana tea, hops tea, juniper tea, linden/limeflower tea, mullein tea, red clover tea, rhubarb tea, shepherd’s purse tea, skullcap tea, stinging nettle root tea
  • Miscellaneous beverages – act as poisons for blood type B
    • Alcoholic drinks: liquor (distilled)
    • Other drinks: club soda, selzter water, soda (cola/diet/misc.)

Foods that encourage weight gain in blood type B

  • Grains – corn, buckwheat, wheat
  • Legumes – lentils, peanuts
  • Seeds – sesame seeds

Foods that encourage weight loss in blood type B

  • Vegetables – green vegetables
  • Animal products – meat, liver, eggs, low-fat dairy products
  • Beverages – licorice tea (never take licorice supplements without a doctor’s supervision; licorice tea is okay)

Blood type B portions

The number of recommended portions suggested depends on your ancestry as well as your blood type. They are guidelines only; you should try to formulate your own plan for portion sizes. Take note that some of them are daily recommendations and others are weekly recommendations.

  • Lead red meats
    • Portion size 4-6 ounces for men, 2-5 ounces for women and children
    • Weekly number of portions depending on your ancestry: 3-4x (African), 2-3x (Caucasian), 2-3x (Asian)
    • If you are fatigued or suffer from immune deficiencies, eat red meat such as lamb, mutton, or rabbit several times a week, in preference to beef or turkey
  • Poultry
    • Portion size 4-6 ounces for men, 2-5 ounces for women and children
    • Weekly number of portions: 0-2x (African), 0-3x (Caucasian), 0-2x (Asian)
  • Seafood
    • Portion size 4-6 ounces for all
    • Weekly number of portions: 4-6x (African), 3-5x (Caucasian), 3-5x (Asian)
  • Eggs
    • Portion size 1 egg for all
    • Weekly number of portions: 3-4x (African), 3-4x (Caucasian), 5-6x (Asian)
  • Cheeses
    • Portion size 2 ounces for all
    • Weekly number of portions: 3-4x (African), 3-5x (Caucasian), 2-3x (Asian)
  • Yogurt
    • Portion size 4-6 ounces for all
    • Weekly number of portions: 0-4x (African), 2-4x (Caucasian), 1-3x (Asian)
  • Milk
    • Portion size 4-6 ounces for all
    • Weekly number of portions: 0-3x (African), 4-5x (Caucasian), 2-3x (Asian)
    • Lactose-intolerant type Bs are often able to incorporate dairy foods after they have corrected the overall problems in their diets
  • Oils
    • Portion size 1 tablespoon for all
    • Weekly number of portions: 3-5x (African), 4-6x (Caucasian), 5-7x (Asian)
  • Nuts and seeds
    • Portion size 6-8 nuts for all
    • Weekly number of portions: 3-5x (African), 2-5x (Caucasian), 2-3x (Asian)
  • Nut butters
    • Portion size 1 tablespoon for all
    • Weekly number of portions: 2-3x (African), 2-3x (Caucasian), 2-3x (Asian)
  • Beans and legumes
    • Portion size 1 cup dry (usually 1½ – 2 cups cooked) for all
    • Weekly number of portions: 3-4x (African), 2-3x (Caucasian), 4-5x (Asian)
  • Cereals
    • Portion size 1 cup dry for all
    • Weekly number of portions: 2-3x (African), 2-4x (Caucasian), 2-4x (Asian)
  • Breads and crackers
    • Portion size 1 slice for all
    • Daily number of portions: 0-1x (African), 0-1x (Caucasian), 0-1x (Asian)
  • Muffins
    • Portion size 1 muffin for all
    • Daily number of portions: 0-1x (African), 0-1x (Caucasian), 0-1x (Asian)
  • Grains
    • Portion size 1 cup dry (usually 1½ – 2 cups cooked) for all
    • Weekly number of portions: 3-4x (African), 3-4x (Caucasian), 2-3x (Asian)
  • Pastas
    • Portion size 1 cup dry (usually 1½ – 2 cups cooked) for all
    • Weekly number of portions: 3-4x (African), 3-4x (Caucasian), 2-3x (Asian)
  • Raw vegetables
    • Portion size 1 cup prepared for all
    • Daily number of portions: 3-5x (all ancestries)
  • Cooked vegetables
    • Portion size 1 cup prepared for all
    • Daily number of portions: 3-5x (all ancestries)
  • Fruit
    • Portion size 1 fruit or 3-5 ounces for all
    • Daily number of portions: 3-4x (all ancestries)
  • Juices
    • Portion size 8 ounces for all
    • Daily number of portions: 2-3x (all ancestries)
    • Try the Membrane Fluidizer Cocktail every morning for immune- and nervous-system boosters. Mix 1 tablespoon of flaxseed oil, 1 tablespoon of high-quality lecithin granules, and 6-8 ounces of fruit juice; shake and drink
  • Water
    • Portion size 8 ounces for all
    • Daily number of portions: 4-7x (all ancestries)
  • Spices, sugars, seasonings
    • No portion guidelines
  • Condiments
    • No portion guidelines
  • Herbal teas
    • No portion guidelines
  • Miscellaneous beverages
    • No portion guidelines

Blood type AB food list

Type AB beneficial foods  |  Type AB neutral foods  |  Type AB foods that act as poisons  |  Foods that encourage Type AB weight gain  |  Foods that encourage Type AB weight loss  |  Type AB portion sizes

Type AB (“The Enigma”) emerged from the intermingling of type A Caucasians with type B Mongolians, starting about 1,000 years ago. It is a modern blood type, rare (found in less than 5% of the population). This blood type has a number of immune characteristics that make it multifaceted, a merger between the tolerant type A and the more balanced type B, and they are less likely to be prone to allergies and other autoimmune diseases such as arthritis, inflammation, and lupus; however they have a greater disposition to some cancers.

4% of people in the USA have blood type AB

  • Complex and unsettled

Highly beneficial foods that act like medicine, to eat in Eat Right 4 Your Type – blood type AB

  • Meats and poultry – highly beneficial for blood type AB
    • Meats: none
    • Poultry: turkey
  • Seafood – highly beneficial for blood type AB
    • Fish: cod, grouper, mackerel, mahimahi, monkfish, pickerel, porgy, red snapper, sailfish, salmon (fresh), sardine, shad, sturgeon, tuna
    • Shellfish: none
    • Other: snail/escargot
  • Dairy and eggs – highly beneficial for blood type AB
    • Milk products: goat’s milk, kefir, sour cream (low-fat / nonfat), yogurt (all varieties)
    • Cheeses: cottage cheese, farmer cheese, feta, goat cheese, mozzarella, ricotta
    • Eggs: none
  • Oils and fats – highly beneficial for blood type AB
    • Olive oil, walnut oil
  • Nuts and seeds – highly beneficial for blood type AB
    • Nuts: chestnut, peanut, peanut butter, walnut (black walnuts and English walnuts)
    • Seeds: none
  • Beans and legumes – highly beneficial for blood type AB
    • Green lentil, navy bean, pinto bean
    • Soy: soybean, soy miso, soy tempeh, soy tofu
  • Cereals – highly beneficial for blood type AB
    • Whole grains: amaranth, millet, ryeberry, spelt
    • Processed grains: oat bran, oatmeal, rice bran, puffed rice
    • See also “grains and pasta” below
  • Breads and muffins – highly beneficial for blood type AB
    • Brown rice bread, Essene bread/manna bread, Ezekiel bread, rice cake, rye bread (100%), rye crisp, Ryvita, soy flour bread, Wasa crispbread (rye),
    • Grains listed as bread/muffins: millet
  • Grains and pasta – highly beneficial for blood type AB
    • Whole and cracked grains: basmati rice, brown rice, white rice, wild rice
    • Flour: oat flour, rice flour, rye flour, spelt flour
    • Pastas and noodles: none
  • Vegetables – highly beneficial for blood type AB
    • Alfalfa sprouts, beet, beet greens, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, collard greens, cucumber, dandelion, eggplant, garlic, kale, maitake mushroom, mustard greens, parsnip, sweet potato, yam
    • Herbs and fresh spices (see also seasonings below): parsley
  • Fruit – highly beneficial for blood type AB
    • Cherry (all), cranberry, fig (fresh or dried), gooseberry, grape (all), grapefruit, kiwi, lemon, loganberry, pineapple, plum (all), watermelon
  • Juices and fluids – highly beneficial for blood type AB
    • Fruit juices: cherry juice (all), cranberry juice, lemon juice
    • Vegetable juices: cabbage juice, carrot juice, celery juice
    • Water would presumably be viewed as neutral
  • Spices, sugars, and seasonings – highly beneficial for blood type AB
    • Spices: curry, ginger, garlic,
    • Herbs listed as seasonings: (see also vegetables above): oregano (listed as both beneficial and neutral), parsley
    • Sugars: blackstrap molasses
    • Other seasonings and pantry: horseradish
  • Condiments – highly beneficial for blood type AB
    • None
  • Herbal teas – highly beneficial for blood type AB
    • Alfalfa tea, astralagus tea, burdock tea, chamomile tea, echinacea tea, fenugreek tea, gentian tea, ginger tea, ginseng tea, hawthorn tea, licorice root tea (do not use without your doctor’s permission), milk thistle tea, parsley tea, rose hip tea, strawberry leaf tea
  • Miscellaneous beverages – highly beneficial for blood type AB
    • Green tea

Neutral foods to eat with Eat Right 4 Your Type – blood type AB

  • Meats and poultry – neutral for blood type AB
    • Meats: goat, lamb, calf liver, mutton, rabbit
    • Poultry: ostrich, pheasant
  • Seafood – neutral for blood type AB
    • Fish: bluefish, bullhead, butterfish, carp, catfish, caviar, chub, croaker, cusk, drum, halfmoon fish, harvest fish, herring (fresh), mullet, muskellunge, perch (all), pollack, pompano, rosefish, scrod, scup, shark, smelt, sucker, sunfish, swordfish, tilapia, tilefish, weakfish, whitefish
    • Shellfish: mussel, scallop, squid/calamari
  • Dairy and eggs – neutral for blood type AB
    • Milk products: casein, ghee/clarified butter, cow’s milk (skim or 2%), whey
    • Cheeses: cheddar, Colby, cream cheese, edam, Emmenthal, gouda, Gruyère, Jarlsburg, Monterey jack, Muenster, Neufchâtel, paneer, quark, string cheese, Swiss cheese
    • Eggs: chicken eggs, goose eggs, quail eggs
  • Oils and fats – neutral for blood type AB
    • Almond oil, blackcurrant seed oil, borage seed oil, canola oil, castor oil, cod liver oil, evening primrose oil, flaxseed oil, peanut oil, soybean oil, wheatgerm oil
  • Nuts and seeds – neutral for blood type AB
    • Nuts: almond, almond butter, almond cheese, almond milk, beechnut, Brazil nut, butternut, cashew, cashew butter, hickory nut, macadamia nut, pecan, pecan butter, pignola/pine nut
    • Seeds: flaxseed, safflower seed
    • Fruits counted as nuts/seeds: litchi
  • Beans and legumes – neutral for blood type AB
    • Cannellini bean, copper bean, lentil (domesticated/red), northern bean, white bean, yellow bean
    • Soy: soy cheese, soy flakes/granules, soy milk
    • Vegetables counted as legumes: green bean, snap bean, string bean, jicama, pea, snow pea
    • Fruits/condiments counted as beans: tamarind bean
  • Cereals – neutral for blood type AB
    • Whole grains: barley, quinoa, spelt, wheat
    • Processed grains: cream of rice, shredded wheat, wheat bran, wheat germ
    • Non-grains: soy flakes
    • See also “grains and pasta” below
  • Breads and muffins – neutral for blood type AB
    • Gluten-free bread, matzo, oat bran muffin, pumpernickel, spelt bread, sprouted wheat bread (commercial, not Ezekiel), wheat bran muffin, whole wheat bread, wheat (white flour products)
  • Grains and pasta – neutral for blood type AB
    • Whole and cracked grains: cracked wheat, quinoa
    • Flour: bulgur wheat flour, durum wheat flour, gluten flour, graham flour, sprouted wheat flour, white flour, whole wheat flour
    • Pastas and noodles: couscous, semolina pasta
  • Vegetables – neutral for blood type AB
    • Arugula, asparagus, asparagus pea, bamboo shoot, cabbage (Chinese cabbage/Napa cabbage, red cabbage, white cabbage), carrot, chicory, daikon radish, endive, escarole, fennel, fiddlehead fern, kohlrabi, leek, lettuce (Bibb lettuce, Boston lettuce, iceberg lettuce, mesclun, romaine), mushroom (common mushroom/button mushroom, enoki mushroom, oyster mushroom, Portobello mushroom, silver dollar mushroom, straw mushroom), okra, onion (all), oyster plant/salsify, potato (blue, red, white, yellow), pimiento, pumpkin, radicchio, rappini/broccoli rabe, rutabaga/swede, scallion/spring onion, shallot, spinach, squash (all types), Swiss chard, taro, tomato, turnip, water chestnut, watercress, yucca, zucchini
    • Vegetables commonly viewed as condiments: olives (Greek olives, green olives, Kalamata olives, Spanish olives)
    • Processed vegetables: sauerkraut
    • Sea vegetables and algae: kelp, seaweed
    • Herbs and fresh spices (see also seasonings below): caraway, chervil, cilantro, coriander, ginger, horseradish
  • Fruit – neutral for blood type AB
    • Apple, apricot, Asian pear, blackberry, blueberry, boysenberry, currant (blackcurrant/red currant), date, elderberry, kumquat, lime, melon (canang melon, cantaloupe melon, casaba melon, Christmas melon, Crenshaw melon, honeydew melon, musk melon, Persian melon, Spanish melon), mulberry, nectarine, papaya, peach, pear, prune, raisin, raspberry, strawberry, tangerine, youngberry
    • Vegetables counted as fruits: breadfruit, plantain
  • Juices and fluids – neutral for blood type AB
    • Fruit juices: apple juice, apple cider, apricot juice, grape juice, grapefruit juice, lime juice, nectarine juice, papaya juice, pear juice, pineapple juice, prune juice, tangerine juice
    • Vegetable juices: cucumber juice, tomato juice, vegetable juice from acceptable vegetables
  • Spices, sugars, and seasonings – neutral for blood type AB
    • Spices: caraway, cardamom, chili powder, cinnamon, clove, coriander, cumin, mace, dry mustard, nutmeg, paprika, saffron, turmeric
    • Herbs listed as seasonings (see also vegetables above): basil, bay leaf, chervil, chives, dill, marjoram, oregano (listed as both beneficial and neutral), peppermint, rosemary, sage, savory, spearmint, tarragon, thyme, wintergreen
    • Sugars: brown rice syrup, honey, maple syrup, molasses, rice syrup, sugar (brown/white)
    • Other seasonings and pantry: agar, apple pectin, arrowroot, bergamot, carob, chocolate, cream of tartar, dulse, kelp, lecithin, salt, tamari (wheat-free), tamarind, vanilla, yeast (baker’s yeast)
  • Condiments – neutral for blood type AB
    • Sweet condiments: apple butter, jam/jelly (from acceptable fruits)
    • Savory condiments: mayonnaise, mustard, salad dressing (from acceptable ingredients)
  • Herbal teas – neutral for blood type AB
    • Catnip tea, chickweed tea, dandelion tea, dong quai tea, elder tea, goldenseal tea, guarana tea, horehound tea, mulberry tea, peppermint tea, raspberry leaf tea, sage tea, Saint-John’s-wort tea, sarsaparilla tea, slippery elm tea, spearmint tea, thyme tea, valerian tea, vervain tea, white birch tea, white oak bark tea, yarrow tea, yellow dock tea
  • Miscellaneous beverages – neutral for blood type AB
    • Alcoholic drinks: beer, wine (red/white)
    • Other drinks: club soda, selzter water

Foods that act as poisons, to avoid with Eat Right 4 Your Type – blood type AB

  • Meats and poultry – act as poisons for blood type AB
    • Meats: bacon, beef, buffalo, ham, heart, horse, pork, squirrel, sweetbreads, turtle, veal, venison
    • Poultry: chicken, Cornish hen, duck, goose, grouse, guinea hen, partridge, quail, squab
  • Seafood – act as poisons for blood type AB
    • Fish: barracuda, bass (all), beluga/sturgeon, eel, flounder, haddock, hake, halibut, herring (pickled/smoked), lox/smoked salmon, sole (all), trout (all), whiting, yellowfish
    • Shellfish: clam, conch, crab, crayfish, lobster, octopus, oyster, shrimp
    • Other: frog
  • Dairy and eggs – act as poisons for blood type AB
    • Milk products: butter, buttermilk, half & half, ice cream, cow’s milk (whole), sherbet,
    • Cheeses: American cheese, blue cheese, brie, Camembert, parmesan, provolone
    • Eggs: duck eggs
  • Oils and fats – act as poisons for blood type AB
    • Coconut oil, cottonseed oil, safflower oil, sesame oil, sunflower oil
  • Nuts and seeds – act as poisons for blood type AB
    • Nuts: filbert/hazelnut
    • Seeds: poppy seed, pumpkin seed, sesame butter/tahini, sesame seed, sunflower seed, sunflower butter
  • Beans and legumes – act as poisons for blood type AB
    • Adzuki bean, black bean, black-eyed pea, fava bean/broad bean, garbanzo bean/chickpea, kidney bean, lima bean, mung bean, mung bean sprouts
  • Cereals – act as poisons for blood type AB
    • Whole grains: buckwheat/kasha, kamut, teff
    • Processed grains: cornflakes, cornmeal, grits
    • Non-grains: tapioca
    • See also “grains and pasta” below
  • Breads and muffins – act as poisons for blood type AB
    • Corn muffin
  • Grains and pasta – act as poisons for blood type AB
    • Whole and cracked grains: buckwheat/kasha
    • Flours: none
    • Pastas and noodles: soba noodles
  • Vegetable – act as poisons for blood type AB
    • Artichokes, globe artichokes, corn (all), Jerusalem artichoke, shiitake mushroom, pepper (all), radish, radish sprouts
    • Vegetables commonly viewed as condiments: capers, black olives, pickles in brine/vinegar
    • Herbs and fresh spices (see also seasonings below): aloe
    • Vegetables commonly viewed as fruits: rhubarb
  • Fruit – act as poisons for blood type AB
    • Banana, dewberry, guava, mango, melon (bitter melon), orange, persimmon, pomegranate, prickly pear, quince, starfruit/carambola,
    • Vegetables counted as fruits: avocado, sago palm
    • Nuts counted as fruits: coconut
  • Juices and fluids – act as poisons for blood type AB
    • Fruit juices: guava juice, mango juice, orange juice
  • Spices, sugars, and seasonings – act as poisons for blood type AB
    • Spices: allspice, pepper (all)
    • Sugars: aspartame, barley malt, corn syrup, dextrose, fructose, invert sugar, maltodextrin, sucanat
    • Other seasonings and pantry: acacia/gum arabic, almond extract, aloe, carrageenan, cornstarch, plain gelatin, guar gum, MSG monosodium glutamate, tapioca, vinegar (all), yeast (brewer’s yeast)
  • Condiments – act as poisons for blood type AB
    • Savory condiments: ketchup, pickles (all), pickle relish, soy sauce, vinegar (all), Worcestershire sauce
  • Herbal teas – act as poisons for blood type AB
    • Aloe tea, cayenne tea, coltsfoot tea, corn silk tea, gentian tea, hops tea, linden/limeflower tea, mullein tea, red clover tea, rhubarb tea, senna tea, shepherd’s purse tea, skullcap tea
  • Miscellaneous beverages – act as poisons for blood type AB
    • Coffee (regular/decaf), black tea (regular/decaf)
    • Alcoholic drinks: liquor (distilled)
    • Other drinks: soda (cola/diet/misc.)

Foods that encourage weight gain in blood type AB

  • Animal proteins – meat
  • Legumes – kidney beans, lima beans
  • Seeds
  • Grains – corn, buckwheat, wheat

Foods that encourage weight loss in blood type AB

  • Legumes – tofu
  • Animal proteins – seafood, dairy
  • Vegetables – green vegetables
  • Sea vegetables – kelp
  • Fruit – pineapple

Blood type AB portions

The number of recommended portions suggested depends on your ancestry as well as your blood type. They are guidelines only; you should try to formulate your own plan for portion sizes. Take note that some of them are daily recommendations and others are weekly recommendations.

  • Lead red meats
    • Portion size 4-6 ounces for men, 2-5 ounces for women and children
    • Weekly number of portions depending on your ancestry: 1-3x (African), 1-3x (Caucasian), 1-3x (Asian)
    • Avoid all smoked or cured meats, as they can cause stomach cancer in people with low levels of stomach acid, a trait shared by type A and type AB
  • Poultry
    • Portion size 4-6 ounces for men, 2-5 ounces for women and children
    • Weekly number of portions: 0-2x (African), 0-2x (Caucasian), 0-2x (Asian)
  • Seafood
    • Portion size 4-6 ounces for all
    • Weekly number of portions: 3-5x (African), 3-5x (Caucasian), 4-6x (Asian)
  • Eggs
    • Portion size 1 egg for all
    • Weekly number of portions: 3-5x (African), 3-4x (Caucasian), 2-3x (Asian)
  • Cheeses
    • Portion size 2 ounces for all
    • Weekly number of portions: 2-3x (African), 3-4x (Caucasian), 3-4x (Asian)
  • Yogurt
    • Portion size 4-6 ounces for all
    • Weekly number of portions: 2-3x (African), 3-4x (Caucasian), 1-3x (Asian)
  • Milk
    • Portion size 4-6 ounces for all
    • Weekly number of portions: 1-6x (African), 3-6x (Caucasian), 2-5x (Asian)
  • Oils
    • Portion size 1 tablespoon for all
    • Weekly number of portions: 1-5x (African), 4-8x (Caucasian), 3-7x (Asian)
  • Nuts and seeds
    • Portion size 6-8 nuts for all
    • Weekly number of portions: 2-5x (African), 2-5x (Caucasian), 2-3x (Asian)
  • Nut butters
    • Portion size 1 tablespoon for all
    • Weekly number of portions: 3-7x (African), 3-7x (Caucasian), 2-4x (Asian)
    • Nut butters are preferable to nuts for type ABs, who tend to suffer from gallbladder problems
  • Beans and legumes
    • Portion size 1 cup dry (usually around 2 cups cooked) for all
    • Weekly number of portions: 3-5x (African), 2-3x (Caucasian), 4-6x (Asian)
  • Cereals
    • Portion size 1 cup dry for all
    • Weekly number of portions: 2-3x (African), 2-3x (Caucasian), 2-4x (Asian)
    • Limit wheat consumption – type ABs do best when their tissues are slightly alkaline; the inner kernel of wheat grains become acidic in type A and type ABs (although it becomes alkaline in type Os and type Bs). Sprouted wheat is more beneficial
  • Breads and crackers
    • Portion size 1 slice for all
    • Daily number of portions: 0-1x (African), 0-1x (Caucasian), 0-1x (Asian)
  • Muffins
    • Portion size 1 muffin for all
    • Daily number of portions: 0-1x (African), 0-1x (Caucasian), 0-1x (Asian)
  • Grains
    • Portion size 1 cup dry (usually 1½ – 2 cups cooked) for all
    • Weekly number of portions: 2-3x (African), 3-4x (Caucasian), 3-4x (Asian)
  • Pastas
    • Portion size 1 cup dry (usually 1½ – 2 cups cooked) for all
    • Weekly number of portions: 2-3x (African), 3-4x (Caucasian), 3-4x (Asian)
  • Raw vegetables
    • Portion size 1 cup prepared for all
    • Daily number of portions: 3-5x (all ancestries)
  • Cooked vegetables
    • Portion size 1 cup prepared for all
    • Daily number of portions: 3-5x (all ancestries)
  • Fruit
    • Portion size 1 fruit or 3-5 ounces for all
    • Daily number of portions: 3-4x (all ancestries)
  • Juices
    • Portion size 8 ounces for all
    • Daily number of portions: 2-3x (all ancestries)
  • Water
    • Portion size 8 ounces for all
    • Daily number of portions: 4-7x (all ancestries)
    • Type AB should begin each day by drinking a glass of warm water with the freshly squeezed juice of half a lemon to cleanse the system of mucus accumulated while sleeping, and to aid elimination. Follow with a diluted glass of grapefruit or papaya juice
  • Spices, sugars, seasonings
    • No portion guidelines
  • Condiments
    • No portion guidelines
  • Herbal teas
    • No portion guidelines
  • Miscellaneous beverages
    • No portion guidelines

Health benefits claimed in Eat Right 4 Your Type

The diet in this book claims to reduce the risks for: acquired immune deficiency syndrome/AIDS, ADD/ADHD, allergies, anemia, arthritis, asthma, bloating, brain deterioration, bronchitis, cancer, breast cancer, liver cancer, cardiovascular disease, childhood diarrhea, chronic fatigue syndrome, cirrhosis, colitis, common cold, Crohn’s disease, dementia, diabetes, ear infections, flu, food allergies, gallbladder problems, gastritis, hay fever, heart disease, high blood pressure/hypertension, high cholesterol, hyperactivity, hypoglycemia, hypothyroidism, immune disorders, infections, infertility, inflammation, irritable bowel syndrome IBS, kidney disorders, kidney failure, liver disease, liver failure, lupus, menstrual problems, miscarriage, multiple sclerosis, overweight/obesity, pneumonia, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, schizophrenia, stroke, thyroid disorders, ulcers, viruses, water retention/edema, and other chronic health conditions. It also claims to avoid many of the factors that cause rapid cell deterioration, thus slowing down the aging process.

As always, this is not intended to be a replacement for professional medical diagnosis or treatment for a medical condition. Consult your doctor before starting a new diet. This page describes what the authors of the diet recommend – Chewfo is describing the diet only, not endorsing it.

Get a copy of Eat Right 4 Your Type for meal plans, recipes, the reasons behind specific recommendations, detailed recommendations for each blood type, supplementation recommendations, stress/exercise profiles, blood types and health, exercises, meal plans, and recipes.

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The book’s website is http://www.4yourtype.com/ – the website has a questionnaire and more detailed weight loss recommendations based on body shape and genotype; plus sales of foods and beverages, supplements based on blood type, medical condition, and body shape, books and videos, and more. http://www.dadamo.com/ has  more information and popular forums called “Blood Type Diet Forums.” Facebook https://www.facebook.com/dadamopersonal; Twitter https://twitter.com/dadamonutrition.

How has this diet helped you? Please add a comment or question below.

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  • ani jean July 28, 2014, 5:04 pm

    Are peas sprouts good for blood type, a, b and o

    • Penny Hammond August 4, 2014, 7:15 pm

      Where you can have a food, it appears from the book that you can have the sprouts from that food as well (e.g. radishes and radish sprouts, mung beans and mung bean sprouts).
      Peas are neutral for blood types O, A, B, and AB.
      Just check which types of peas are being sprouted – for example, the book says that black-eyed peas are highly beneficial for blood types O and A and act as poisons for blood types B and AB, and chickpeas are neutral for blood type O and poisons for blood types A, B, and AB.

  • Luis Herrera September 17, 2014, 11:29 pm

    Thanks for all this valuable information. Just one question, you have listed ancestries for Asian, Caucasian and African, so do all this applies for Hispanics as well? I’m type AB by the way. Thanks!

    • Penny Hammond September 18, 2014, 12:42 pm

      Consider Spanish heritage to be Caucasian, and African heritage to be African. Native American heritage may be more like Asian. Pick whichever describes you best.

  • Margaret Dimingo September 19, 2014, 4:41 am

    Thank you for my diet. I am group O and I just started this diet on the 14th of September 2014. I have had high sugar levels, high blood presure and arthritis. Within these fiew days I can feel there is some change in my body. I just pray all these elmets will clear off soon.

  • Amaeta October 15, 2014, 9:05 am

    I am 74 and O Positive. I try to follow the diet, but I find that I need some minerals that I can get from Brazil Nuts and Cashews but that’s a no no on my diet. Would it be okay to take them as long as I limit them? Say, 2 Brazil nuts a day, and 1/4 cup of cashews? Thank you so much. (I am not overweight, and try to have good nutrition, exercise, etc.) (I don’t want to take supplements as it’s hard to find any that I’m not sensitive to as I have many allergies and intolerances.)

    • Penny Hammond October 15, 2014, 11:32 am

      What are the minerals you’re trying to get – are there any other foods you can get them from, which are listed as okay to eat for blood type O?

  • carol November 15, 2014, 1:55 pm

    I dont understand. I read in the book that tea decaf or regula tea is poison for type A.. But I was just reading above where tea black regular and decaf is beneficial for type A Please what is the rgt answer. Catol

  • Susan van Niekerk December 5, 2014, 6:33 am

    Hello, I wonder if you would explain for me why coconut oil is listed as a food that acts like a poison in the body for the various blood groups?

    • Penny Hammond December 5, 2014, 7:24 pm

      The author tested different foods against different blood types to see what the reactions are to foods. He says that different blood types have different antigens and create different antibodies, and therefore different blood types react differently to different foods because of the types of proteins they contain. Your blood and the food may have a chemical reaction, creating lectins, which agglutinate your blood (make it stick together) and can harm your body. So he argues that a food that may be very healthy for some people may be dangerous for others, because they have a different blood type and it reacts to that food differently.

  • Brenda January 25, 2015, 1:26 pm

    Can you clarify for blood type diet avoids, would that translate to mean those products cannot be used on the skin in lotions and salves (i.e. if coconut oil is an avoid would that need to be avoided on the skin also, aloe vera gel, primrose oil, etc.)? Also, would essential oils of foods that are avoids (i.e. if peppermint is an avoid would the EO need to be avoided for inhalation or skin products) mean to avoid those essential oils also?
    Thanks,

    • Penny Hammond February 2, 2015, 8:06 pm

      I can’t find any guidance in the book on that – it talks about foods, and stress and exercise, but not about lotions and other externally applied products. The website has skincare products, but these don’t contain any restrictions based on blood type.
      The skin is our largest organ and is part of the overall immune system, so it makes sense to be careful what we put on it, but the book doesn’t say anything about antigens entering the body through the skin.

    • Mashael July 26, 2015, 11:59 am

      I just visited Dr. D’Adamo and one of the avoids i have is coconut oil. I use coconut cream on my body and when i brought that to the attention of my doctor, she said if i am using it topically, that is OK.

  • Josh February 4, 2015, 10:58 pm

    There are some errors in the book that have been updated on the Eat Right For Your Type website. Is your list from the 1996 book or did you get an updated list?

  • EBEN GYAMPO March 25, 2015, 12:51 pm

    Is PALM OIL neutral or beneficial to blood type “A”?

    • Penny Hammond March 25, 2015, 1:15 pm

      Palm oil isn’t mentioned at all in the book.
      On the website, the only mention I can find of palm oil is http://www.4yourtype.com/outstanding-quality/ – which mentions palm oil as a hydrogenated oil (which isn’t always the case). And that page doesn’t say anything about which types.

  • EBEN GYAMPO March 25, 2015, 12:53 pm

    What about HONEY? Is it beneficial to all blood groups?

    • Penny Hammond March 25, 2015, 1:16 pm

      Honey is listed as:
      Neutral for blood type O
      Neutral for blood type A
      Neutral for blood type B
      Neutral for blood type AB

  • nirmala April 2, 2015, 5:18 am

    Is water kefir good for blood type O

    • Penny Hammond April 3, 2015, 12:42 pm

      The book says that milk kefir is poisonous for blood type O, along with other dairy products (except butter, ghee, and some hard cheeses). So milk kefir may be excluded because of the milk base.
      It looks like some fermented foods may be neutral.

      It doesn’t say anything about water kefir. What base are you using to make it? Check out the ingredients / try making it from a base that’s beneficial or neutral for your blood type according to the book, and see how you feel afterwards.

  • Beverly Jones April 17, 2015, 1:30 am

    Many new foods are available now. Where can we find information about things like exotic meats—alligator, kangaroo etc.; fruits like acai, goji; superfoods like maca; and herbs like rhodiola etc. If there is no direct information, is there any principal that could be applied. I am AB.

    • Penny Hammond April 17, 2015, 8:02 am

      Good question.

      I can’t find any of the foods you listed on the 4yourtype.com website.
      There are some mentions on dadamo.com in the Blood Type Diet Forums, but nothing systematic about their effects for each blood type.
      Kangaroo meat, Dr. D’Adamo says for type O (in 2004): “Sorry, I’ve never tested kangaroo meat; however, I have no reason to believe it would be problematic for O’s. Remember, O’s typically have the digestive ability to utilize animal protein well, so Kangaroo meat should be fine.”
      Acai and goji are included in the SWAMI (personalized nutrition) http://www.4yourtype.com/swami-XP/, but I can’t find what it says for AB.
      Maca is listed in Live Right For Your Type for O and A, but I can’t find a mention for AB.

      Rhodiola is on 4yourtype.com only as a supplement; beneficial for AB – “Rhodiola and l-tyrosine are especially beneficial to type AB – found in Catechol” http://www.4yourtype.com/blood-type-ab/

      There aren’t any principals that can be applied – the author tested all the foods in the book for lectin reactions, but hasn’t tested every edible animal and plant.
      There’s an opinion that you should consider foods neutral if they’re not listed.
      But you can also think about what’s generally good for your blood type – for example if meats aren’t usually beneficial or neutral, then it’s unlikely that a different meat would be beneficial or neutral.

  • mim September 11, 2015, 8:46 am

    Hi, I have a question. What is x in portion formula?

    • Penny Hammond September 11, 2015, 7:14 pm

      X is the number of times you can have that food – so for example if the weekly portion is 5-7x, you can have that food 5 to 7 times a week.

  • Patricia Green January 27, 2016, 11:41 am

    I also read for type A, coffee is beneficial and then below says coffee is poison.

    • Penny Hammond January 28, 2016, 11:47 am

      The foods are grouped together so you can scan to see e.g. which meats, poultry, fish, shellfish etc. are in this group. “Coffee and tea” is a category like that.

      Miscellaneous beverages – highly beneficial for blood type A
      Coffee and tea: coffee (regular/decaf), green tea

      Miscellaneous beverages – act as poisons for blood type A
      Coffee and tea: black tea (regular/decaf)

      So coffee (regular/decaf) and green tea are highly beneficial, and black tea (regular/decaf) acts as a poison.

      I’ve tried a few different ways of formatting to make it clearer, but it’s tough to do without making the page busy and difficult to read. Let me know if you have any ideas!

  • Sheena Cooper March 4, 2016, 4:42 am

    I would love to know what effect palm oil has on the O and A blood groups.

    Another food not mentioned is the African potato, the Madombie for A and O

    • Penny Hammond March 10, 2016, 7:22 pm

      Palm oil isn’t listed in the book. There’s a post on the forum – see http://www.dadamo.com/cgi-bin/Blah/Blah.pl?b-GC/m-1324976889/ – but it hasn’t been moderated.

      Also African potato isn’t listed in the book and I can’t find anything about it in the forum.

      You could try them and see whether you get any adverse symptoms from them.

  • david March 31, 2016, 12:18 am

    I have been a student of Dr. d Adamo for more than 2 decades; the word ,” poison,” does not appear in the food assessments for blood type; ” Highly Beneficial, Neutral, Avoid.” Coffee is highly beneficial for Blood Type A, Secretor and non secretor, Avoid B non secretor, Avoid AB and Avoid O. Dr. D’Adamo is a world wide respected scientist and expert on the science of epigenetics insofar as nutrition is influenced. He is a visiting professor of clinical nutrition at several schools, and the Professor of Clinical Studies at the University of Bridgeport, an accredited school. He engages with continuous clinical research culminating in ” Change Your Genetic Destiny;” further fine tuning the ABO approach to Health and Nutrition. There is absolutely no need for his work to be misrepresented. I realize it is enormously threatening to the status quo where change can stifle income flow for the recalcitrant, lazy, and income conscious.

    • Penny Hammond April 17, 2016, 8:55 pm

      In Chapter 3 “The Blood Type Solution: A Road Map” Dr. Adamo says “Each of these groups divides foods into three categories: HIGHLY BENEFICIAL, NEUTRAL, and AVOID. Think of the categories this way:
      • HIGHLY BENEFICIAL is a food that acts like a MEDICINE. • NEUTRAL is a food that acts like a FOOD. • AVOID is a food that acts like a POISON.” (p.36).

      As you know, the diet is highly complex. My intention was to group similar foods together to avoid the list from becoming unmanageable for somebody scanning through. For that reason, I grouped “Coffee and Tea” to include any coffees or teas as any of the three categories (just as I grouped alcoholic drinks together, so you can see which alcoholic drinks were and weren’t allowed). So what was written under “Avoid” for Blood Type A was “Coffee and Tea: Black Tea” (which didn’t mean that coffee is a food to avoid; instead that in the category of coffees and teas, black tea is the one to avoid).

      There have been others who have also misread this, so it obviously wasn’t clear – there was no intention of misrepresentation.
      I’ve changed the wording, so now instead of saying “Coffee and Tea: Black tea” in the Avoid category, I’ve changed it so it just says “Black tea”. I hope that helps.

      Please let me know if you see anything else that is unclear or appears to not match the guidelines. Thank you.

  • Melissa April 20, 2016, 6:20 am

    I am an A type and it is saying I should eat soy foods. As someone who has hormonal problems I have been told by medical professionals to avoid these. There is also a lot of information about how bad soy products are these days. I do feel like these lists are out of date and haven’t taken all current information into account. Also, what about chia seeds. I can’t see any mention of these anywhere 🙁

    • Penny Hammond May 3, 2016, 4:59 pm

      A large proportion of medical research is done with the attempt to test it on the population as a whole, without differentiating whether it’s significant for sub-populations (such as blood types). It’s possible that the research that the medical professionals you’ve seen doesn’t take this into account.
      The book suggests a number of processed soy foods (soy flakes, soy cheese) that are currently believed to be less good for you than minimally processed or fermented soy. It’s possible that the author only tested on one type of soy and extended the results to other soy foods.

      The book doesn’t mention chia seeds – presumably because it was written before they were popular as a health food.
      On the 4yourtype.com website see http://www.4yourtype.com/newsletter/april-2015-dadamo-newsletter/ – implies it can be used for B and AB
      There’s a fair bit of discussion about chia seeds on the dadamo.com website forums – but it’s contradictory.
      https://www.dadamo.com/cgi-bin/Blah/Blah.pl?v-print/m-1343312776/: “Chia is unrated and thus neutral.” but also “As a B, you can either be a Gatherer, an Explorer, or a Nomad. Chia seeds are beneficial for Gatherers and Nomads, and neutral for Explorers. Therefore, it’s safe to assume that they’re compliant for Bs. Yes, it’s possible for an individual B to have them as an “avoid” on a personalized SWAMI, but it’s not likely.” (this is advice related to the Genotype Diet, a later diet by the same author)

  • Jo July 9, 2016, 2:21 pm

    Hi, would you be able to tell me the effect of Maize on blood type A please? Thanks!

    • Penny Hammond August 21, 2016, 4:05 pm

      The book is written in US English, where “maize” is called “corn”. Corn (maize) is listed as neutral for blood type A, except corn/maize oil which is listed as a poison.

  • Zoe October 20, 2016, 8:16 am

    Millet and sorghum are different, but sorghum is easily available this part of the world. Its not even mentioned in the book is it highly beneficial, neutral or poisenous? Am AB. Thank u.

  • Helen November 4, 2016, 8:35 am

    I am b+ am currently having high blood pressure. someone gave me Bitter Buckwheat Tea. Can I take it as a B+ blood group please.

    • Penny Hammond November 8, 2016, 8:37 pm

      Buckwheat (as a grain, pasta, or cereal) is listed in the book as a “poison” to avoid eating. It’s quite possible that the buckwheat tea should be thought of in the same way.

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