Sir Cliff Richard has cut 10 foods from the diet, but is missing a salad staple

Sir Cliff Richard attributes his eating habits to his longevity (Photo: Neil Mockford/GC Images)

Sir Cliff Richard has outlined the 10 foods he cut from his diet, sharing the apparent key to his longevity.

The 82-year-old singer – who continues to release hits and most recently went head-to-head with Stormzy for the number one album – is a fan of the so-called “Blood Type Diet,” which, while unsupported by scientific evidence, implies that one’s diet is adapted to the blood group.

Despite the diet’s disputed effectiveness, Sir Cliff is a fan and believes this approach to his health is the cause of his longevity in the music industry.

The singer, who has blood type A, if you’re interested, said, “There are 10 things [I can’t have]. I can’t eat dairy or wheat. No red meat. No shellfish. No mangoes, papayas or bananas. No potatoes, tomatoes. And eggplant. And you know, if you look at a list of foods out there, you list 10 of them
she’s not that hard.’

While we disagree and call on people to try and pry the cheese out of our hands and see how far they’ve come, Sir Cliff admits he still misses some of the things he cut out of his diet.

He told Boom Radio: ‘I probably miss tomatoes the most because of the great curries I’ve made with tomato paste. Some of the great pastas contain tomatoes, but there are so many different ways to eat pasta.

Sir Cliff Richard.

The singer is still releasing hits (Picture: PA)

‘You just have to be careful when I choose Indian food. But you know, I can have a treat every now and then.

‘But if I eat something tasty, it’s a steak, about four times a year. But I look forward to the day. You must plan your sin.”

Here’s our gentle reminder that food isn’t a sin, folks.

Still, Sir Cliff added that he was clearly ‘doing something right’ and noted that he was also taking a wide range of vitamins, jokingly ‘one or two of them keep me alive and I don’t know which they are’.

But what is this blood type diet palaver?

It has been around since the 1990s and was developed by naturopathic physician Dr. Peter D’Adamo. It encourages people to consume foods that are in line with their blood type, which are considered best for the body, and less foods that can potentially harm it.

The blood type diet isn’t just based on “ancestral eating habits,” it’s also about eating more fresh foods and less processed foods (which really just sounds like a balanced diet to us).

Take it with a grain of salt, though, as there are no peer-reviewed scientific studies or evidence to support the diet and its effectiveness has long been debated.

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