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Eat Right 4 Your Type

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Ever wonder why one diet works for one person, but not for another? After decades of research, Dr. Peter D'Adamo has discovered the role one's blood type plays in determining which foods are best for an individual's diet. Eat Right 4 Your Type teaches readers how to optimize their types to achieve the greatest state of health and well-being.
Paperback, 375 pages
Published April 2nd 1998 by Century (first published May 1st 1991)
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Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
November 11, 1997

This was a review that had to be subjective because the book must be experienced rather than intellectualized. This review also goes back 20 years but in light of books and information coming out about the harmful effects of lectins on one’s body and immune system, I think it fits in well. So, back in time to 1997:

At the time that this book came to me for reviewing, there were several major stresses occurring in my life simultaneously, and I was unnerved by how wearing they
Jonny Cox
Nov 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The bible never mentions apples. The Book of Genesis only refers to the fruit from the tree of knowledge and I believe that Eve caused the fall of man with a tomato; it is the Devil's fruit. All my life I felt like an oddity because I so detest the gooey red mess until I read this book. D'Adamo explains in the intro that type A blood groups can't digest the Devil's fruit because of insufficient stomach acid. This made sense so I read the rest of the book and gave up milk. WithIn 72 hours I felt ...more
Oct 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m not sure it’s fair for me to review this book because I only read the parts relevant to my blood type. My copy is 21 years old, so inevitably some advice, such as avoiding coconut oil because of its high fat content, is outdated. Nutrition is kind of a crapshoot anyway, as advice varies drastically from one diet to the next. I find it interesting that many naturopaths subscribe to this way of eating, especially where bio-individuality is at the forefront of nutrition, but I must say the ...more
Mar 09, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: health-books
Some of the concepts in this book are not fully scientifically supportable, but the diet may still make lots and lots of people feel a whole lot better and attain a much greater level of health! These two things are not mutually exclusive.

Reasons the claims made about the scientific merit of the exact food lists provided for each blood type are unconvincing (on the whole) to me include:

1. I have read more than half a dozen detailed and methodical explanations of why the scientific concepts in
Nick Fagerlund
Jun 19, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book came up in a conversation with Kathleen before she went east — a relative of hers had gotten significant benefit from following some or another nugget of counterintuitive advice from it, which sort of thing is perfect grist for our style of shit-shooting. Anyway, I thought the premise sounded too weird to ignore, so I checked it out from the library.

Basically, D’Adamo says that your blood type determines (or is at least the primary influence on) your metabolism and your ability to
Apr 05, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The idea of this work, that your blood type determines what you should eat and how you should exercise, is compelling, so I borrowed it from a friend.

Of course, I started by skimming my own blood type, and I found it to be much like reading a horoscope in a Sunday paper. Sure, there were some things that seemed to fit, but there were also some things that were the exact opposite of my experience. I laughed out loud when I read that certain Types are subject to heart disease and cancer! Oh
Feb 27, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nutritionists; health seekers
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Well... I finally finished reading this book only because my library wouldn't let me keep it any longer. I started reading it because I heard a lot of different opinions about Blood Type Diet and wanted to know more about it. While reading this book, I actually tried to avoid foods which are harmful for my blood type. Since I felt pretty healthy before this diet anyways, I did not experience any significant benefits.

This January, a new study came out, which found no scientific evidence for the
I don't think it is fair for me to write that I read this book because in actuality, I skimmed it. A coworker suggested this book about two years ago. I immediately purchased it and went to the doctor to confirm my blood type. Shortly after, the same coworker said that her doctor informed her that the book is junk science. I never told my doctor why I needed to know my blood type, so I can't 100% concur.

I will agree that there is no way that I am limiting myself to foods outlined in this book
Jan 09, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in health, easy fitness and personal improvement
Recommended to Starlight by: Amy L'Heureux
This is one of the first books that I feel is not really a "diet" book based on "a shift in human consumption" but is based on scientific, blood-related equations that happen when you eat food appropriate or inappropriate for your type. Additionally, after reading it, I didn't put it down and cry over all the things I couldn't eat. I actually related very much to the foods on the lists - for example, when a food is listed to avoid for my type, I usually responded with "yeah, I don't really like ...more
Dec 02, 2007 rated it it was ok
An interesting approach to diet and lifestyle, but a bit too generalized to be effective. I thought this would be a helpful tool to tweak my eating habits, but it reads more like a "fad diet" book. There are a few effective arguments and good advise to be found in here, but it just has too much pseudo-jargon to be useful. This book just didn't resonate with me.
Jan 11, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
After reading this book I can't tell you how dangerous I think it is. If there was a negative rating I would have chosen it.
The idea behind this book is that certain blood types should only eat certain foods and completely omit other foods from their diets. I can see a whole hatfull of problems with that theory and that's what this is really. Theory. Tell me when and where in the history of life that there is any proof or evidence to support this?
I've heard of some close friends that have
Maarten Koller
Nov 04, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The author tells stories instead of backing up his ideas with science. No references at all in this book. Unless research confirms the ideas of the author, that is all they are, ideas and not facts. Also consider the fact that he published his book/ideas in 1997, if it hasn't been confirmed by now, will it ever?
Monica Willyard Moen
This is an interesting book with an interesting approach to good health and losing weight. I don’t agree with everything I’ve read or except all of it as valid, but I do think the author has some valid points. I believe our world was created by God, so I don’t except his theory of evolutionary biology as valid. However, I do believe that different body types, different blood types, could mean that we process foods differently. I have seen some people thrive on a high-protein, low-carb diet. I ...more
Oct 31, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
I was reading this for a challenge, vs. as a seeker of a diet, which probably didn't help, but I really had to push through this time.

First off, while I do not buy into (nor can I disprove) the link between blood type and dietary needs, I think any of the diets advocated in this book are healthy, and people could be successful choosing/following one.

I just have a hard time buying lots of the claims. There are a lot of scientific terms thrown about, and it is mostly just stated that they are
Lisa Richardson
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to the audiobook and the abridged from the library. It was a quick 3+ hour listen. The actual book that I attempted years ago is actually pretty robust with a lot of scientific information. This was a good review for what one can use immediately in the way of diet changes to follow his/her blood type diet. I do follow it for mine and it’s very beneficial. More than other diets I’ve tried.
This book deals with the idea that your blood type determines what foods you should eat to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

It actually made a lot of sense to me. We may be made equally but we are also made differently. Really no two people are exactly alike. I was sad to learn, since I am a type A, I should be eating a mostly vegetarian diet. My husband and my mom are type O. I have good intentions of trying to follow the guidelines of this book but I fear my love of meat may be my downfall.
Oct 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbooks
Interesting concept, but am I ever going to give up wheat or avocados? Not a chance.
Kerry Shoji
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I look back on the foods I am drawn to and what foods make me feel better, Dr. D'Adamo's explanations made sense to me.
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome book. My family and I read his original 1997 book which stood the test of time and proved to be worth its weight in gold. (Especially after I tested the concept by ignoring type O recommendations for several years in my 20's and trying to be vegan... talk about contrast. Live and learn!) Anyhow, the revised and updated edition is even better and definitely worth buying. I was very happy to see the food lists expanded to include items that weren't mainstream or available in the late 90's, ...more
Apr 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm sorry to see so many giving in to doctor's claims of quakery and not using some common sense. This idea of blood types and how foods affect people based on that has come at a time in my food evolution where it makes absolute sense. I've studied and experienced so many theories of food-styles--the most recent being the raw food diet. Within them is always the catch of how some foods work better or worse for different people. So why is that? This seems to be a poosible answer.

I find that many
Indi Martin
Sep 16, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: if it keeps up this way, everyone.
Shelves: read-was-ok
I hate "diet books." I am not really big on self-help books either.

The detoxification retreat I went to recommended this book very highly - in fact, it is the only nutrition plan they recommend. Thus, I read the book while there, and wrote down the pointers for my blood type (Type 0) in my notebook. I also read about a thousand reviews of the diet, from physicians to proponents, skeptics to housewives who have been following it.


The theory sounds like a load of crap. Blood type, as
Virginia Jacobs
Okay, first, some clarification: I did not read this entire book. I read through my blood type, O, and I perused my husband's blood type, A.

This book started out a little scientific-y, basically arguing the premise that if your blood fuels your body, then what you eat should fuel your blood. And, as we know there are different blood types, so it stands to reason that they could be fueled differently.

I picked up this book for a variety of reasons, including that I'm trying to lose a little
Sep 05, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I know some people find this book to be great, but I find it to be hooey quackery. Lots of contradictions and "maybes" and "possiblies" and "not everyones".

Apparently, I'm supposed to eat tofu, soy cheese (which is not food, in my opinion), walk, and do yoga. If that's my existence, I might as well just keel over and die. I'd dig the hole first, but I'm not supposed to do any strenuous activities :)

I am supposed to eat peanut butter and pineapple, though. YUM!!!!

I must be one of the
I mostly just read the introduction and the chapter on my blood type. But from what I did read, I got a pretty strong impression of the type of advice that was being dispensed.

Basically, it's like vaguely-racist astrology. The ideas behind the advice were mostly sound. (Including suggestions to eat more of certain fruits and vegetables, and to avoid others, with reference to pseudo-scientific reasoning for how these foods affect the bodies of certain blood types and thereby affect the way they
Nov 04, 2011 rated it liked it
I've dipped in and out of this book for a long time, but never read it cover to cover. Definitely very interesting, makes you think a lot about the food you are eating and in my experience seems to work quite well (at least for me). However I did find the explanation for importance of blood type a bit lacking (the first few chapters) and I still feel it is not quite as simple as there being 4 blood types and 4 ways of eating. Within each type is further complexity based on your own genetic make ...more
Feb 20, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who are interested in a different take on dieting
I picked this book up out of curiosity. I have seen many different varieties of diet, and most of them just have not ever grabbed me like this did. As I was reading over the eating plan for my blood type, I found that things that are recommended to avoid are many of the things I just do not like - and I never knew why. Things that I crave are on the beneficial list. It resonated with me. I am making changes and hope that it helps.

I hate to take this out of my "currently reading" it
Aug 25, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who want to be healthy
Fascinating theory that blood types determine body chemistry and therefore what types of foods agree with our systems and those that essentially act like poisons to us. Problem: may require lifestyle changes if the foods you love to eat are on the "Avoid" list. A friend reports miraculous results including 30 pound weight loss and improvements in other ailments such as digestion, skin and hair issues. Why aren't we taught these things? Why don't doctors pay attention to these things? Perhaps we ...more
Josh Mccoy
Jul 22, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Some helpful information but its actually much like a horiscope - general enough to apply to nearly anyone. I was actually really excited by the book and its premise but after doing some research I found out that Dr. D'Adamo is passing on information as truth when its actually scientifically false. And it's not just small facts in his work, it is a lot including his historical information about the blood types and how nutrients are absorbed into the body from our food. I was really disheartened ...more
Feb 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I admire Dr Peter D'adamo's work, his books introduced me to a world of possibilities that is both scientific and practical. I'm a blood type O that grow up among siblings and Parents of an A blood type and eventually got Married to a B blood type. I understand now why I always have trouble with cheese and milk but not necessarily Yogurt and Laban, and why I crave some of the bad foods for my blood type, and why some people are basically resistant to this more individualized new (Not one size ...more
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