As far as health advice goes, one of the more interesting diet plans is the blood type diet. It claims that there are certainfoods you might want to avoid based on your blood type, and certain foods you can seek out, in order to improve your health. The idea was coined by the naturopathic doctor Peter D’Adamo, in his book Eat Right for Your Type, which was first published way back in 1996.
In it, D'Adamo breaks down the four blood types — A, B, AB, and O — and explains why certain foods might be either healthy, or detrimental, for each. The thing is, while it's definitely something interesting to consider, there isn't much scientific data to back it up.
"According to recent systematic reviews looking at the scientific literature on the blood type diet, there isn't much evidence to support the effectiveness of blood type diets," Dr. Josh Axe, D.N.M., C.N.S., D.C., founder of Ancient Nutrition and DrAxe.com, tells Bustle. Basically, what the blood type diet does have going for it, is it recommends eating healthy foods and getting some exercise.
And that's advice anyone can agree with. "Eating a varied, nutrient-dense diet is more important than basing your diet on your blood type," Dr. Axe says. "One thing I do think the blood type diet does right is this: it encourages you to limit or avoid foods that are highly-processed, sources of empty calories, and those that are generally not well-tolerated and lead to poor digestion and other symptoms."
While it's fine to eat processed foods occasionally, there's no denying your diet should include colorful, fresh foods. Here are a few healthy takeaways from the blood type diet that you can apply to your life — regardless of your blood type. Just be sure to check with your doctor first.