Recommended Vegetables for Blood Type B
Eat vegetables raw or steamed to preserve their full benefits. Buy organic and non-GMO vegetables when possible.
Vegetables provide vital minerals, enzymes, and antioxidants to the type B diet. Vegetable fiber helps reduce blood cholesterol levels and may lower risk of heart disease. Green-yellow-orange vegetables are rich sources of calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, beta-carotene, and vitamins A, B-complex, C, and K.
Since type B's tend to be more vulnerable to viruses and autoimmune diseases, they should eat plenty of leafy green vegetables (beet green, celery, collard greens, kale), which contain magnesium, an important anti-viral agent.
Broccoli (also broccoli leaves and sprouts) is highly recommended for type B's. Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cabbage are high-fiber, low-calorie, and contain sulforaphane, a chemical with anticancer properties. Broccoli contains vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, iron, magnesium, potassium, and zinc. Its antioxidant benefits strengthen the immune system. A cup of cooked broccoli offers as much vitamin C as an orange and is rich in beta-carotene.
All kinds of cabbage are highly recommended for type B's. This cruciferous vegetable is a good source of beta-carotene, vitamin C, and fiber and has been shown to reduce the risk of some cancers, especially those in the colorectal group. Purple cabbage also contains anthocyanins, which in other vegetables have been proven to have anti-carcinogenic properties. Along with other cole crops, cabbage is a source of indole-3-carbinol, a chemical that boosts DNA repair in cells and appears to block growth of cancer cells.
Green, red, and yellow peppers are loaded with vitamins and disease-fighting properties and highly recommended for type B's. Bell peppers (capsicums) are excellent sources of vitamins C and A—antioxidants that neutralize free radicals, thus helping to reduce the risk of heart disease, some cancers, and cataracts, and to alleviate symptoms of arthritis and asthma. They also contain vitamin B6, folic acid, and fiber—all of which can help reduce risk of heart attack and stroke.
Unlike other blood types, B's can fully enjoy potatoes and yams, cabbages, and mushrooms. There are only a handful of vegetables that type B's should avoid. Tomatoes contain lectin that can agglutinate every blood type. Tomatoes irritate the stomach lining of type B's.