The Blood Type Diet: Beneficial for Seniors?

Call Now to Speak with a Care Manager Speak with a Care Manager Now: 616-243-0835

Eating for your Blood Type

By Lesa Hardiman, 8:00 am on

With the variety of diet trends that are floating around, it’s hard to know which ones work. One new diet, which advises people to eat foods according to their blood type, has received mixed reviews. While it’s not scientifically proven, some adults have cited better digestion, increased energy and overall well-being. As always, if you’re interested in changing your diet, it’s best to consult with your physician beforehand.

The Blood Type Diet was formulated on the idea that different blood types require different nutrients and foods in order to remain healthy. Below are some of the ways in which you can potentially maximize your health by eating for your blood type.

Blood A Type – Focus on lots of fruits and vegetables. In order to get your protein, eat chicken, turkey or beans. You should also take in whole grains that are fresh and organic. Type A blood tends to have a sensitive immune system, so be sure that you always wash your fruits and vegetables before you eat them.

Blood B Type – People with type B blood should avoid corn, wheat, peanuts, tomatoes and sesame seeds. Chicken may also be a problem. People with type B blood should focus on eating eggs, low-fat dairy and green vegetables. This blood type should also avoid buckwheat and lentils.

Blood AB Type – Type AB blood tends to do well with seafood, dairy, and green vegetables. Tofu can also be a diet staple and a good source of protein. Low stomach acid means that you have to stay away from cured meats, alcohol and caffeine. Also make sure that you avoid meat that has been smoked as it may be difficult to digest.

Blood O Type – Type O blood should focus on a high-protein diet, but make sure that the meat is lean. Poultry and fish are great choices for this blood type. Stay away from grains, beans and dairy foods. Since people with type O blood tend to have stomach troubles, they should supplement their diets with various digestive vitamins that will help with the absorption of proper nutrients.

The culinary-trained caregivers at Home Care Assistance in Grand Rapids believe that this diet may have some benefits, but maintaining a well-balanced and nutrient-rich diet is the no-fail way to improve health and increase longevity regardless of age.

If you or an aging loved one is having trouble preparing healthy meals, contact Home Care Assistance today at 616-243-0835 to see how one of our in-home hourly caregivers in Grand Rapids can help!