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Is Banting Right For Your Blood Group?

There are so many diet plans and eating guidelines on the market these days that promise to heal physical symptoms and help you lose weight. However, sometimes these diets can conflict with each other and we are left wondering which one is right for us.

One of the most popular diets is the blood group, which has been around for many years. It was founded by the Naturopath and it is based on the theory that chemical reactions occur between the foods that you eat and the blood type you have. He has written many bestselling books on the theory and may people swear that by eating the correct food for their blood type they are able to heal ailments lose weight and feel better.

The Banting diet is a newer eating plan that emphasises eating food high in fat and low in carbohydrates. By doing this one can start to use fat as a fuel source instead of glucose and in doing so promote stable blood sugar and burn more body fat. It is a very popular diet for those with diabetes, metabolic syndrome and obesity.

The question is can these two controversial diets be done in conjunction with each other?

The answer is yes, to a certain extent. The banting diet is based on an ancient “paleo” way of life and seeks to return to eating food that our ancestors evolved on.

People who are O blood type actually have the original blood type. Other blood types developed as humans moved across the globe and evolved. So if you are an O blood type then you can adopt a Banting lifestyle very easily because according to the blood group diet they do well on meat, fish and poultry, as well as vegetables. They do not do well on grains and legumes, which the Banting diet does not allow. However they may need to avoid dairy and opt for other high fat foods.

B blood types are also able to adopt the diet easily because they do well on red meat, eggs, dairy and fish. They should eat plenty of vegetables and avoid lentils, which is compatible with the blood group diet.
Blood type AB, although one of the newest blood groups is also Banting compatible as they tend to do well on dairy, eggs, and seafood and green vegetables. However, they should avoid meat and choose other forms of high fat and protein foods.

Blood type A is the least compatible with the Banting diet because they can consume beans and legumes and whole grains freely.

As you can see, most of the blood groups are compatible with Banting, but some may require a modified version of the diet. However, both these diets emphasise whole and natural foods.

Do you have experience with either of these diets? Let us know!

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