Blood type diets usually divide food into three categories: highly beneficial (foods that act like medicine), foods allowed (food that don’t harm the blood type) and foods that are not allowed (food that act like poison).
Coconut oil has amazing health benefits and is also a stable fat which can be cooked on high temperature without oxidizing like vegetable oils. Coconut oil contains medium-chain fatty acids (MCTs) which are used by the liver for energy. The good fats in coconut oil have antimicrobial properties and stimulate the production of beneficial bacteria in the gut. It is highly satiating and adding it to your diet will reduce your sugar and carbohydrates cravings.
Avocados are rich in monounsaturated healthy fats which don’t raise the inflammation in the body like omega-6 polyunsaturated fats. These fats are beneficial for your arteries and can regulate your blood pressure. Put some avocado in your salad and you will feel full for longer, effectively eliminating the need for snacks.
Most natural fats are anti-inflammatory, while processed vegetable oils containing omega-6 fatty acids increase the inflammation in the body. Oily fish contain omega-3 fatty acids, which stimulate production of prostaglandins, pain relieving hormones in the body, which means that fish oil can help you relieve conditions such as menstrual cramps, arthritis or fibromyalgia. Fish oil can also reduce atherosclerosis by reducing the inflammation in the artery walls.
Fish often contain selenium, a mineral which can help people with autoimmune diseases and reduce the production of auto-antibodies. Selenium also stimulates production of glutathione, a powerful antioxidant. Selenium also helps the body fight viral infections which can be a cause of fatigue and inflammation.
Some fish that contain omega-3 fatty acids and selenium are wild salmon, trout, mackerel, herring, sardines, mullet and anchovies. If you don’t like the taste of fish, you can take fish oil and selenium supplements.
Turmeric is a spice with vibrant yellow color which has a mild flavor and is often used as base for curry powder. Fresh ground turmeric can also be found in health stores and can be added to curries, stews or vegetable juices. The active ingredient of turmeric, curcumin, has powerful anti-inflammatory properties and is a great pain reliever. Curcumin also relieves digestive problems such as digestion or bloating.
Quality dark chocolate (85% cocoa or higher) can definitely be proclaimed healthy food. Good dark chocolate doesn’t contain dairy products or soy lecithin which is best avoided because it is usually genetically modified. Chocolate with a high cocoa content is also low on sugar, and the intense flavor keeps people from overeating.
Dark chocolate contains polyphenols, powerful antioxidants which can fight free radicals in the body and increase the levels of the good cholesterol. People suffering from insulin resistance or syndrome X have low levels of good cholesterol in the blood and higher levels of the bad cholesterol which can cause plaque build-up in the arteries.
As you can see, healthy food doesn’t have to be boring and bland – with the right ingredients you can reduce the inflammation in the body and eat delicious food!