Macrobiotic Diet: No Evidence Of Cancer Cure

Macrobiotic Diet

A macrobiotic diet is generally vegetarian. A macrobiotic diet consists largely of whole grains, cereals, and cooked vegetables. A macrobiotic diet can lower fat intake and increase fiber. There is no available scientific evidence to support claims that a macrobiotic diet is effective in treating cancer.

A macrobiotic diet is considered more of a way of life than just a diet. An important goal being to balance the yin and yang, the two elementary and complementary forms of energy that must be balanced in order to achieve health and vitality.

A macrobiotic diet in part is based on dietary principles of simplicity and avoidance of "toxins" that come from eating dairy products, meats, and oily foods. Early versions of the macrobiotic diet included several stages that became progressively more restrictive and ending with a diet of brown rice and water (the ultimate in yin and yang). Today, the Americanized version is a modified vegetarian plan, still discouraging dairy products, heavy meats, and refined sugars.

What can be eaten on a macrobiotic diet?

* Whole grains, especially brown rice: 50%-60%
* Vegetables (and seaweed): 25%-30%
* Beans: 5%-10%
* Fish, nuts, seeds, fruits, miso soup: 5%-20%
* Soup (made from ingredients above): 1-2 cups/day


The fruits and vegetables in macrobiotic diet should be organically grown. You should try to get locally grown food. Prepare and eat the foods in the traditional manner such as baking, boiling, and steaming; not microwaved. It is preferred that pots, pans, and utensils made only from certain materials such as wood, glass, ceramic, stainless steel, and enameled pieces.

Eating slowly and chewing the food thoroughly.

Excluded foods are any processed foods, fatty meats (ie red meats), most dairy, sugars, coffee, caffeinated tea, stimulating beverages, alcohol, chocolate, refined flour, very hot spices, chemicals and preservatives, eggs and poultry. Some vegetables such as potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, asparagus, spinach, beets, zucchini, and avocados are excluded. Fruits that does not grow locally, such as bananas, pineapples and other tropical fruits are discouraged.

Vitamin and mineral supplements are frowned upon, but may be needed to get good nutritional balance. You may want to consult a registered dietitian to help you balance the yin-yang and nutritional completeness of your macrobiotic diet plan so that you don’t end up with nutritional deficiencies.

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