UAE doctors warn against following 'blood type diet'
Jasmine Al Kuttab /Abu Dhabi
Filed on September 10, 2017 | Last updated on September 10, 2017 at 08.13 pm
Don't diagnose yourself online'
Shebni Hameed, dietitian and nutrition specialist at Universal Hospital, said it is crucial to not become blindsided by the "so-called medical experts on the internet."
"Nowadays, the internet has no limitations. Anyone who is not medically qualified is giving information to the public about diets, yet people are just blindly following it and risking their health," Hameed said.
"There is no proper research about the blood type diet that balances its popularity," she pointed out, adding that the diet cannot work for everyone. "For those with blood group O, it's a high protein-based diet, rich in meat, fish and poultry - this is not suitable for those suffering from kidney problems.
"Type A diet is plant-oriented, which means the person will lack the protein and iron their bodies require from meat. "The type B blood group diet tells people to avoid wheat and lentils, which could lead to carbohydrate deficiency."
"Moderation from everything is key, along with daily physical activity," noted Hameed.
What each blood type diet entails
1) Type O - High protein, lean meat, fish, poultry, vegetables and light grains, dairy and beans
2) Type A - Mainly green vegetables, eggs, low-fat dairy and some meats, but avoid wheat, lentils, tomatoes, peanuts and chicken
3) Type AB - Lot of seafood, green vegetables, dairy, and to avoid caffeine and smoked meats
The diet can be even more restrictive with physical activity, as it suggests what type of exercise each blood group should take-up. For instance, biking or running is for type Os, whereas type As should follow a yoga lifestyle.
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