Researchers from the University of Toronto U of T have found that the theory behind the popular blood type diet–which claims an individual’s nutritional needs vary by blood type–is not valid. The findings are published this week in PLoS One. Researchers found that the associations they observed between each of the four blood-type A, B, AB, O diets and the markers of health are independent of the person’s blood type. The theory behind the diet is that the ABO blood type should match the dietary habits of our ancestors and people with different blood types process food differently. According to the theory, individuals adhering to a diet specific to one’s blood type can improve health and decrease risk of chronic illness such as cardiovascular disease. The book was a New York Times best-seller that has been translated into 52 languages and sold over 7 million copies. The U of T researchers took an existing population of mostly young and healthy adults who provided detailed information about their usual diets and provided fasting blood that was used to isolate DNA to determine their ABO blood type and the level of cardiometabolic risk factors, such as insulin, cholesterol and triglycerides. Diet scores were calculated based on the food items listed in Eat Right for Your Type to determine relative adherence to each of the four ‘blood-type’ diets.
Yes, the blood type diet is largely thin on evidence. Although, as I will discuss in this post, there are a few narrow redeeming qualities to this much maligned fad diet. The main science backed diet issue for people to consider based on their blood type is the level of hydrochloric acid produced in the stomach. There is also a link between risk for certain types of ulcers and blood type. Whilst a lot of claims were made about the diet, clinical studies were lacking. Issues like this frequently occur in medical research when the underlying effect is multifactorial; i. Studies of 10 people might show an effect, but another study on a different 10 people might not. To investigate definitively, researchers need to make sure their study is sufficiently powered, which means they need lots of people to perform their comparison. Studies of this size are expensive and very time consuming and so are unlikely to be performed unless they are covering a major health risk. Luckily there is a way around this.
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