Acne Results from High-Fat, High-Protein Diets

Many peo­ple think that acne is a nat­ur­al result of being a teenag­er. Yet the teenagers in many parts of the world are remark­ably free of acne. The low rate of acne in those pop­u­la­tions is not due to their genes. It is due to their low-fat, heav­i­ly plant-based diet. When peo­ple from those coun­tries grow up in the Unit­ed States, they gen­er­al­ly eat a typ­i­cal Amer­i­can diet which is rich in fat and ani­mal-source foods. As a result, they too tend to get acne in their teenage years.

The rich, fat­ty, Amer­i­can-style diet increas­es your risk of acne. It sup­plies a lot of fat, which can make your skin oily. It also con­tains lots of ani­mal-source foods, which can lead to an over­load of two types of hor­mones: male sex hor­mones (andro­gens) and a growth hor­mone called insulin-like growth fac­tor 1 (IGF-1). These two hor­mones work togeth­er to cause acne. That’s why acne tends to start when chil­dren go through puber­ty.

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The Blood Type Diet Is Nonsense. Everyone Should Eat Plants!

In 1996, a man named “Dr.” Peter J. D’Adamo pub­lished Eat Right For Your Type. This book pro­mot­ed the “blood type diet.” It claimed that your diet should be based on your ABO blood type (type A, B, AB, or O). The ABO sys­tem of blood typ­ing is impor­tant in blood trans­fu­sion. Get­ting a trans­fu­sion of the wrong type of blood can kill you. How­ev­er, there is no sci­en­tif­ic evi­dence that your blood type has any­thing to do with how your body reacts to food. Peo­ple of any blood type thrive on a low-fat, plant-based diet.

The things that D’Adamo says about the nat­ur­al his­to­ry of the dif­fer­ent blood types are wrong. So are the things he says about the effects of blood type on the body. Worst of all, D’Adamo gives par­tic­u­lar­ly bad dietary advice to the peo­ple with the most com­mon blood type. I sus­pect that his book has been so pop­u­lar because he has been telling a lot of peo­ple exact­ly what they want to hear. He has been telling the peo­ple with the most com­mon blood type that they need to eat a lot of fat­ty meat.

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