THE NOMAD

Whereas Type Os and Type As seem to be polar opposites, the Type B can best be described as idiosyncratic with unique and sometimes chameleonlike characteristics. Often times the Type B closely resembles the Type O, then suddenly, it takes on it own peculiarity. For instance, on the whole, Type Bs are sturdy and alert and resistant to the most common forms of severe diseases such as cancer and heart disease. When they do happen to contract them, the Type B seems to recover much more quickly. But then Type Bs seem to be more prone to exotic immune system disorders such as MS, lupus and chronic fatigue syndrome. The Type B diet is balanced and wholesome and according to Dr. James D=Adamo (Peter=s father), it represents: Athe best of the animal and vegetable kingdoms@.

TYPE O DIETARY CATEGORIES

MEATS AND POULTRY

Type Bs who are fatigued or suffer from immune deficiencies should eat red meat such as lamb, mutton, or rabbit several times a week, in preference to beef or turkey. One of the hardest foods Type Bs have to give up is chicken which has an agglutinating lectin in its muscle tissue. Turkey and pheasant are alternative forms of poultry which can be eaten. If you've been led to believe that chicken is healthier than beef for a number of years, you will have to re-program your thinking. Chicken may be leaner but that isn't the point; rather, it is has to do with the power of an agglutinating lectin which attacks your blood stream. A Type B individual who eats lots of chicken carries a greater risk of having a stroke or immune disorder.

SEAFOOD

Type Bs thrive on seafood, especially deep-ocean fish such as cod and salmon which are rich in nutritious oils. White fish such as halibut, sole and flounder are also excellent sources of high-quality protein for Type Bs. Shellfish including crab, lobster, shrimp, and mussels are to be avoided because they contain lectins that are disruptive to the Type B system. Interestingly, many of the original Type Bs were Jewish tribes that forbade the consumption of shellfish.

DAIRY

Type Bs are the dairy eaters. That=s because the primary sugar in the Type B antigen is D-galactosamine, the sugar found in milk. Type B blood developed at the time that dairy foods were first introduced to the human diet. The invasion of the Mongolian hordes into Asian societies brought with it dairy products although interestingly enough, the Asian people avoided dairy products because they considered it to be the food of the barbarian and thus not fit to eat. For this reason, a number of Type Bs in Asia rely on a soy-based diet which is damaging to their systems. There is the exception of Type Bs of African descent which may be lactose intolerant consequently, dairy foods are not good for them. Just to clarify, these are not allergies which are defined as immune responses that cause your blood to produce an antibody to the food.

OILS AND FATS

The best oil for Type Bs is olive oil. Dr. D'Adamo recommends taking at least one tablespoon every other day to encourage proper digestion and healthy elimination. A number of oils contain lectins that are damaging to the Type B digestive tract including sesame, sunflower and corn oils.

NUTS AND SEEDS

A problem with insulin production prevents any nuts and seeds from being included on the Type B's highly beneficial list. Rather, most of the nuts and seeds can be found on the avoid list.

BEANS AND LEGUMES

Type Bs can eat some beans and legumes but it is mainly the Type B Asians who can tolerate them best because they are culturally accustomed to them. Nevertheless, even Asians should limit their selection to those that are highly beneficial (kidney, lima, navy, red soy) and eat them sparingly.

CEREALS

Type Bs have to be very selective about the grains they eat because some of them, like wheat, contain a lectin that attaches to the insulin receptors in the fat cells, prohibiting insulin from attaching. The result is reduced insulin efficiency and failure to stimulate fat Aburning@. Rye is another grain to avoid because the lectin it contains settles in the vascular system causing blood disorders and potentially strokes. Dr. D'Adamo notes that Athe main victims of vascular disease, sometimes called St. Anthony's fire, are a largely Type B population of eastern European Jews. Rye bread is a popular part of their cultural tradition.@ More than any other foods, corn and buckwheat encourage Type B weight gain by contributing to a sluggish metabolism, insulin irregularity, fluid retention and fatigue. It's best to have a variety of grains and cereals including spelt, rice and oats.

BREADS AND MUFFINS

Like Type Os, Type Bs are encouraged to try Alive@ breads like sprouted wheat breads ezekiel or essene. The same cereals mentioned earlier are on the avoidance list for breads. Try making some homemade spelt bread or oatbran muffins.

VEGETABLES

To offset the Type B's vulnerability to viruses and autoimmune diseases, eat plenty of leafy green vegetables which contain magnesium. This mineral is an important antiviral agent and it is also helpful for Type B children who have eczema. Unlike any other blood type, Bs can fully enjoy potatoes, yams, cabbages and mushrooms. Like Type A, tomatoes strongly irritate one's stomach lining. Like the grain and cereal, fresh corn is also to be avoided. Olives should be eliminated because they have moulds which trigger allergic reactions.

FRUITS

Much the same way that Type Bs can have their pick with vegetables, their selection of fruits is even more generous. Most of the half dozen fruits on the avoid list probably won't be missed because they are rare, eg. prickly pear, starfruit; and persimmons. Pineapple can be particularly good for Type Bs who suffers from bloating. The enzyme bromelain helps you digest dairy foods and meats in particular. Because Type Bs have a healthy acid-alkaline level, they can have some of the fruits which are too acidic for other types such as oranges and tangerines.

JUICES AND FLUIDS

Dr. D'Adamo recommends the Membrane Fluidizer Cocktail which provides high levels of choline, serine, and ehtanolamine (the phsopholipids) which are of great value to Type Bs. Mix 1 tablespoon of flaxseed oil, 1 tablespoon of high-quality lecithin granules, and 6 to 8 ounces of fruit juice. The lecithin contains metabolism and immune system enhancing properties. The highly beneficial juices for Type B include cabbage, cranberry, grape, papaya and pineapple.

SPICES

Warming herbs such as ginger, horseradish, curry and cayenne pepper are good for Type Bs. On the other hand, many sweet herbs like barley malt, corn syrup, cornstarch and cinnamon tend to be stomach irritants. White and brown sugar, honey and molasses are on the neutral list as long as you consume them in moderation. Likewise, chocolate can be eaten in small quantities like a condiment.

CONDIMENTS

Type Bs are able to handle just about every common condiment with the exception of ketchup due to its dangerous tomato lectins. It's important to remember, however, that condiments provide no real benefits, therefore, their intake should be limited.

HERBAL TEAS

Ginger is highly recommended for Type Bs because of its positive effect on the nervous system; however, it can act like a stimulant so it might be advisable to drink it early in the day. Due to its antiviral properties, licorice tea is recommended to reduce one's susceptibility to autoimmune diseases. Licorice also helps regulate blood sugar levels for many Type Bs who experience a drop in blood sugar after meals (hypoglycemia). It's also beneficial for chronic fatigue syndrome sufferers. Dr. D'Adamo cautions, however, that licorice is a plant which should be respected because in large doses in the wrong person, it can cause sodium retention and elevated blood pressure. It is best to seek a physician=s advice when taking licorice in supplemental form.

MISCELLANEOUS BEVERAGES

Green tea is highly beneficial for Type Bs who are advised to limit their beverages to herbal teas generally, or juice and water. Although coffee, black tea, wine and beer are all neutral beverages on the Type B list, Dr. D'Adamo suggests that these beverages be consumed in moderation. He reminds us that the goal of the Blood Type Diet is to maximize performance, not keep it in neutral.

TYPE B SUPPLEMENTS

Supplements for the Type B should do the following:

The role of supplements is to add the nutrients that are lacking in your diet and to provide extra protection where needed. In the case of Type Bs, only a few supplements are recommended because of the diversity of vitamins and minerals provided in the diet.

Magnesium: Magnesium is what makes Type Bs metabolize carbohydrates more efficiently. Although Type Bs are fortunate that calcium is assimilated efficiently compared to other blood types, this situation could create an imbalance in levels of calcium and magnesium. You are at greater risk for viruses or lowered immunity when magnesium levels dip. Other symptoms are fatigue, depression, and nervous disorders. It's wise to supplement at the level of 300-500 mg. daily. Type B children are often plagued with eczema which is helped by magnesium. Cultured dairy products or other sources of calcium should be consumed to ensure that the appropriate calcium level is maintained. Remember that the B in Type B stands for Abalance@. Magnesium-rich foods include: all recommended green vegetables, grains and legumes.

Licorice: Licorice is a plant which can be used for stomach ulcers; as an antiviral agent against the herpes virus; to treat chronic fatigue syndrome, and to combat hypoglycemia. If you are a Type B who suffers from hypoglycemia, drink a cup or two of licorice tea after meals. For CFS, use licorice preparations other than DGL and licorice tea under the guidance of a physician. Dr. D'Adamo cautions against using licorice freely in its supplemental form as it can be toxic.

Digestive Enzymes: If you are not used to eating meat or dairy foods, you would benefit from taking digestive enzymes until you adjust. Bromelain in the 4x strength could be used.

Adaptogenic Herbs: Siberian ginseng and ginkgo biloba are helping Type Bs by increasing alertness, concentration and memory retention. Gingko increases the microcirculation to the brain which is why it's often prescribed for the elderly. In Germany, 5 million people take it daily.

Lecithin: Type Bs will benefit from the blood enhancing effects of lecithin much the say way that soy provides a lot of enhancements for Type As. It allows the cell-surface B antigens to move around more easily and better protect the immune system. Membrane Fluidizer Cocktail is recommended.

The Weight-Loss Factor: The foods which cause the greatest weight gain are corn; buckwheat; lentils; peanuts; and sesame seeds. Although each of these foods have a different lectin, they each affect the efficiency of your metabollic process resulting in fluid retention, fatigue and hypoglycemia, which is a severe drop in blood sugar after eating a meal. Of all the blood types, Type B seems most susceptible to certain foods which trigger the drop in blood sugar. Dr. D'Adamo doesn't recommend eating small meals through the day, known as Agrazing@ because some people may feel hungry all the time which isn't useful if you are trying to lose weight.

Type Bs have a similar to Type O reaction to the gluten found in wheat germ and whole wheat products in that the gluten lectins adds to the problems caused by other metabolism-slowing foods. When you add wheat to the mix of corn, lentils, buckwheat, and peanuts, the wheat gluten attacks Type Bs as severely as it does Type Os. This is why it is essential for Type Bs to avoid wheat if they want to lose weight.

Type Bs are able to lose weight much more easily than Type Os which may have thyroid problems or are suffering from digestive disorders. All you really need to do to lose weight is follow the Type B diet! Surprisingly, Type Bs who consume a moderate amount of dairy foods are better able to achieve a metabolic balance. Of course, low-fat dairy products and eggs are recommended. Other foods which encourage weight loss include green vegetables; meat; liver; and licorice tea which counters hypoglycemia. Note: The supplement licorice root should only be used under a health care professional's supervision as people with high blood pressure may be at risk since the herb is often used to raise someone's low blood pressure to a normal level.