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    Default Let’s All Stop Holding Out for Science to Find the Perfect Diet

    • Shannon Palus
    • June 18, 2019

    Nutrition science’s next project is personalized diets based on genetics. It sounds good, and sure, it might work, but don’t hold your breath.

    Nutrition advice is often all over the map, even contradictory: Red wine is good, all alcohol is bad, eat breakfast, skip breakfast, eat a million small meals, go vegetarian, eat lots of meat. One explanation for why it’s all so confusing? Maybe there is no right diet for everyone. Maybe the best diet is slightly different for everyone, dependent on a combination of our DNA, lifestyles, and the microbes hanging out in our guts. The science of how we each individually process and respond to food is just getting going. And it’s being turned into a consumer product almost as quickly as it’s being produced.

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    Ahhh, the "gene diet." I'm reminded of all the hoopla surrounding "The blood type diet" of the 1990s. In fact, Dr. Peter D'Adamo wrote a book about it, and several books have followed detailing specific recipes for each blood type. To summarize, the recommendations were:

    • Blood Type O thrives on a lean, high protein diet.
    • Blood Type A thrives on a primarily vegetarian diet.
    • Blood Type B thrives on a mixed diet of meat, fish and dairy.
    • Blood Type AB thrives on a modified vegetarian diet.

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    And of course there is no scientific basis for any of those assertions. Yes, people claim success with every one of them, and here's why: they all begin by instructing you to eliminate processed food, junk food, soda and other sugars and to increase consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables. Now that right there, all by itself, is enough to make anyone feel alive again!
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    You're right...no scientific basis for the blood type diet. However, we'd be hard pressed to convince the almost 8 million people who purchased the book, which was translated into 52 languages. Lol. Researchers from the University of Toronto debunked the blood type diet in 2014, according to an article in ScienceDaily. Read it here:
    https://www.sciencedaily.com/release...0115172246.htm

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    Lol! I used to post that url on mercola.com every time someone praised the "blood type" diet!
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    The blood type diet is a "theory" that just won't die. Despite being debunked some 6 yrs. ago, my search on the topic revealed a new book containing specific diet recipes by blood type published brand new just 3 months ago.

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    I see that some of our emojis, like "beating a dead horse," which I wanted to use here, have died. Guess I have work to do...
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