Blood Type and the Acid/Alkaline Balance

Our bodies do best when we eat foods that are slightly alkaline, rather than acidic. (Another way to discuss alkalinity or acidity is in terms of pH. The pH scale ranges from 1 to 14, with 6.5 being optimum. When our pH is above 6.5, we’re too alkaline; when it’s below 6.5, we’re too acidic.) When you eat foods that are too acidic for your body, you experience poor digestion, which puts on weight. Not everyone needs the same types of foods, however. Dr. Peter D’Adamo’s book, Eat Right 4 Your Type , has suggested that people with certain blood types do better with certain foods.

Sound complicated? It doesn’t have to be. You can buy simple test strips that you can use at home to measure your own pH. And if you don’t know your blood type, another kit for home use will help you determine that, as well.

Here is a brief summary of recommendations for different blood types.

Blood Type O:

  • Best foods: Most animal protein, vegetables and fruit, sweet potatoes, and non-wheat breads. (Have you tried our delicious spelt bread and rolls?)
  • Should avoid: Wheat, dairy, corn, cauliflower, kidney and navy beans, red and white potatoes, peanuts, oranges, tangerines.
  • Best form of exercise: Intense

Blood Type A:

  • Best foods: Vegetarian and fresh seafood, soy products, fruit, nuts, non-wheat breads
  • Should avoid: Red meat and pork, dairy, wheat, bananas, oranges, mangos, tomatoes, papaya.
  • Best form of exercise: mild, calming.

Blood Type B:

  • Best foods: fish, turkey, dairy, vegetables, pineapple, papaya, non-wheat breads
  • Should avoid: pork, chicken, tomatoes, peanuts, shellfish, corn, olives.
  • Best form of exercise: moderate

Blood Type AB:

  • Best foods: fish, seafood, turkey, lamb, eggs, cultured dairy, beans, oats, spelt
  • Should avoid: Chicken, pork, corn, shellfish, wheat, lima and kidney beans, wheat, bananas
  • Best form of exercise: mild to moderate