My SO’s mother has always been the type to whole-heartedly accept the latest contradictory diet/supplement/herbal remedy, and it invariably ends up filtering down to my SO. Their latest craze is dieting based on blood type. For the last 3 months they’ve been strictly following a series of books by the same author (Eating right for YOUR blood type! Cooking right for YOUR blood type! Buying fanatical diet books for YOUR blood type! etc.)
My SO has B blood type, and the following are a few of the evil foods for her, according to this author:
-Chicken (but not turkey?!)
-Whole wheat bread
She’s encouraged to eat a lot of beef. I, on the other hand, have blood type A and the books say I should be a vegetarian. The lists are very extensive for each blood type. Note that it’s more of an ‘eat right’ diet than a ‘lose weight’ diet. This brings me to a few questions:
>Are this guy’s findings supported by anyone in the scientific community?
>Does this diet have any truth behind it, or is the author just trying to stretch his wallet seams?
>Do the foods on this list even have anything in common? I (highly) doubt he tested each food on controlled groups for any significant amount of time.
He also makes some more wild claims about blood type. For instance, he states that if a person with B blood type has a baby with a person of A blood type, the child will eventually get cancer. I imagine that would be a huge scientific issue if there were any truth behind it, but my intuition says it’s not.
Can you guys shed some light?
As always, your infinite wisdom is appreciated.