Indian Chai For Your Blood Type
by Robin Russell

When herbalist Colleen Hulett submitted her delicious Indian Chai recipe I thought I would create an adaptation that would benefit all blood types. However, I found that many of the spices and teas used for making Chai have very differing values for the various blood types. Therefore, I created the following chart to indicate those ingredients that are highly beneficial, neutral or avoids for each blood type. Using Colleen's original recipe as a guide, you can choose the spices, teas and other ingredients that best suit both your palette and your blood type.

SPICES

TYPE O

TYPE A

TYPE B

TYPE AB

Fresh Ginger

Highly Beneficial

Highly Beneficial

Highly Beneficial

Highly Beneficial

Peppercorns *

Neutral

Avoid

Neutral

Avoid

Cinnamon Avoid Neutral Avoid Neutral

Allspice *

Neutral

Neutral

Avoid

Avoid

Cloves

Neutral

Neutral

Neutral

Neutral

Cardamom

Neutral

Neutral

Neutral

Neutral

Nutmeg

Avoid

Neutral

Neutral

Neutral

Vanilla Avoid Neutral Neutral Neutral

TEAS

Black Ceylon

Avoid

Avoid

Neutral

Avoid

Green Tea

Neutral

Highly Beneficial

Highly Beneficial

Highly Beneficial

Rooibos *

Highly Beneficial

No Data

No Data

No Data

MILKS

Cow's Milk, 2%

Avoid

Avoid

Neutral

Neutral

Cow's Milk, Whole Avoid Avoid Avoid Avoid

Half and Half

Avoid

Avoid

Neutral

Avoid

Goat's Milk

Avoid

Neutral

Highly Beneficial

Highly Beneficial

Soy Milk

Neutral

Highly Beneficial

Neutral

Neutral

Almond Milk

Neutral

Neutral

Neutral

Neutral

SWEETENERS

Honey

Neutral

Neutral

Neutral

Neutral

Sucanat

Neutral

Avoid

Avoid

Avoid

Rice Syrup Neutral Neutral Neutral Neutral

Stevia

Neutral

Neutral

Avoid

Neutral

* Although Colleen's recipe did not include allspice, it is neutral for blood types O and A, and works well as a substitute for cinnamon, nutmeg and/or cloves. Use whole allspice and add to the pot with all the other initial ingredients. The number you use will depend on the number of spices you are omitting. If you are omitting cinnamon I would replace one stick with five to seven allspice. One to three allspice would be a sufficient substitute for the nutmeg.

* If you cannot have peppercorns you can always add more fresh ginger which is highly beneficial for all blood types. It definitely spices things up. I actually found a full ounce of ginger to be too spicy and ended up cutting that amount in half and adding more soymilk after straining the tea.

* Colleen mentioned that Rooibos (a South African tea) can be used as a caffeine-free substitute for black tea. In one of his columns Dr. D'Adamo highly recommends Rooibos for blood type O due to its effectiveness in "tempering the slightly over-enthusiastic type O immune system leading to diminished allergies and autoimmune problems." Rooibos is used in D'Adamo's "sip right for your type" tea blend for type O.

Rooibos is high in anti-oxidants. One would think that this would make it beneficial for other blood types. Unfortunately I was only able to find information regarding its usefulness for type O. D'Adamo did say that this tea has "significant anti-HIV activity and appears to be protective against UV damage probably because of its anti-oxidant activity."

Winter 2003 Eat Right For Your Type
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