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I am afraid I have been guilty of perpetuating what Dr. D, in one of his recent blogs, accused his detractors of saying
Here is his quote:
"(They say) the diets are dangerous. This statement is usually proffered by experts concerned that, by restricting certain foods by blood type, people will develop nutrient deficiencies. However, each diet variant (A, O, etc.) is a carefully engineered balance of foods that ensures full nutritional value."
When I started the BTD and got wheat and milk out of my diet, the improvement in my health was immediate, dramatic and permanent. Like most newbies, in had an insatiable desire to learn more. I began to read in the columns and later in blogs and on the Forum, that many Type Os were virtually grain free. Since there were no beneficial grains for Type Os, (except manna bread, which is more of a product than a grain) I decided to try it.
It seemed to work. I had a little rice bran in my breakfast mix, and on most days that was all the grain I ate for eight years. I felt good, my weight was stable, I had lots of energy, my immune system was working. This appeared to be the way for me to go. I have blogged about this many times and have encouraged other Type Os to do the same. Shame on me!
After my colonoscopy last summer which found two polyps, one of them the precancerous type, I wrote a blog about reevaluating my diet. Susana sent me this quote from Dr D.
"Grain and legumes are about the only sources of phytates, which are anti-oxidant mineral chelators. There are pros and cons to phytates (some people would argue that they block mineral absorption) but they do have fairly potent anti-cancer effects in the colon, which in the case of GT1 Hunters is a bit of an Achilles heal."
Since then I have been adding grain back into my diet. I compared the grains that were neutral on the BTD with the grains on the GTD that are beneficial for either Hunters or Gathers. Those are the grains I am focused on.
I am pleased to say that my weight has not increased with the additional grain. The only change I have noticed is that the craving I had for nuts is diminished. This has let me get my nut portions more in line with Type O recommendations.
I plan to go back through my blogs and edit out all references to grain free. And if I see references on the Forum advising Type Os to be grain free, I will counter them as adamantly as I do references to avoiding neutrals.
As Dr. D said in his quote at the beginning of this blog.
“each diet variant (A, O, etc.) is a carefully engineered balance of foods that ensures full nutritional value."
Good idea, Lloyd! I'll do it.
How thoroughly has this been researched? I was reading (just real quickly after reading your blog) that other types of foods are high in phytates such as carrots, nuts and seeds, strawberries, blackberries, figs, artichokes, broccoli and potatoes. Also, I read that for humans it is unlikely that we an extract the phytates from grain effectively (it's more of a cow thing).
Since I haven't found a grain that I can digest without pain and bloating I'll stay away from them.
You have to listen to your own body. I have no problem with that. Certainly eating should not be a painful process!
The point of the blog is that Dr. D never said Type O was grain free. Others promoted that extreme view. In his very quiet way he just posts research that points back to the basics.
I have tried grain free in the past, but always find that I feel better or more regular when I include some beneficial grains. My favorite is quinoa, but rice is also
great. It really does allow for more variety in meal planning too.
My mom, who does not follow the diet, recently had surgery for lower colon cancer. She had just turned 80, then had surgery the next day. It saddened me but also gave me a renewed interest in following the anti cancer book. Your blog made me think of why grains can be good! Thanks for another great post!
They should work for anyone who doesn't do well on grains : )
It's now been 4 months since I wrote that blog. I have been doing fine on one and a half servings of Type O neutral grains. If soaking or chewing grains that are good for your type helps you, that is wonderful. I just want to clarify for those who might be new to the BTD that soaking or chewing an avoid grain, will not change it into something other than an avoid.
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