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The blood type diet
It seems that blood types influence our disease susceptibility, food choices and the physical activity we should be engaging in.
Doctor Mozzi teaches us that food has an extraordinary therapeutic power and a healthy diet is an elixir of long life.
If the body is given the right nutrients it can heal from persistent disorders, chronic diseases, blood test alteration: every doctor diligently suggests a diet for high cholesterol levels, diabetes or hypertension. But Dr. Mozzi’s strategy is more accurate because it defines a list of healthy or unhealthy foods according to blood type.
Therefore, before talking about blood group differentiation, the physician provides general principles suitable for everyone. First of all, it is advisable to consume very little dairy products, which are responsible for joint pain, and small amounts of gluten, which is very present in the Mediterranean diet but causes intestinal inflammation. Instead, a glass of lukewarm water and lemon in the morning is suitable for everyone, because citrates help to maintain the correct PH of the intestine. And now, let’s go into details of the blood types.
Blood type 0: carbohydrates, gluten, but even corn and, unfortunately, potatoes are big enemies. It is also recommended not to consume lentils, red and white beans as well as peanuts and black olives, but prefer walnuts and pumpkin seeds. Avoid coffee. On the contrary, sea food and oily fish, liver and algae sea salt are particularly suitable for type 0s. Pumpkins and Savoy cabbages a go-go, but even bresaola, a variety of cured meat really appreciated by Dr. Mozzi, who eat it at breakfast, since he has type 0 blood. People with blood group 0 digest meat better than the other blood types but they should avoid pork.
Blood type A: number one enemies are dairy products, so milk and cheese, but even ice-cream. It is preferable to avoid solanaceae (i.e. potatoes, tomatoes and aubergines), the excessive consumption of red meat and prefer fish, chicken and turkey. Salad, legumes, soy and buckwheat (which is better than Indian corn) are all on the ‘to eat’ list. White meats, salmon as well as codfish are perfect. Red wine and green tea to drink without remorse because they are antioxidants.
Blood type B: forget shellfish, aphrodisiac oysters as well as lentils. Do not exaggerate with wheat, corn and buckwheat, so limit consumption of pasta in favour of rice and main meals: vegetables, dairy products, eggs and meat are recommended; type B is the blood group that has less restrictions on dairy products (goat cheese is the most suitable while fermented cheese such as gorgonzola should be avoided). Stop with white meat, artichokes and radishes. Instead, beans, cabbages, beets, green leaf vegetables, broccoli, carrots, aubergines, potatoes and peppers are well-recommended.
Blood type AB: red meat and butter are off limits, and between white meats turkey and rabbit are the most suitable. Rice with beans and rice with peas are excellent first courses and after meals coffee is recommended! Pineapple and grapefruit, fruits always present in hypocaloric diets, are great choices. For this blood group all fruits are appropriate except for dried ones, which is better to avoid. Bean curd, vegetables, fish, dairy products and algae are recommended and garlic is better than onion. Type ABs should prefer broccoli, cauliflower, green cabbage, aubergines, tomatoes and avoid artichokes, corn and peppers.
This is the basic outline of the blood type diet that should be examined through Dr. Mozzi’s books or meetings. In any case, dietary tips should be personalised and every diet plan should be compared to one’s doctor suggestions.
Dr. Mozzi’s scheme is very specific but risks to eliminate some nutrients for a long time and to suggest specific food categories for every group. Finally, another shortcoming is that it doesn’t respect people’s moral principles: a vegetarian with type 0 blood should follow the diet or his/her conscience?
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