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Macrobiotic Diet

Tired of hunting for information on Macrobiotic Diet. Can anyone help me?
(May 13, 2008)

Benefits of Macrobiotic Diet

It refers to a regimen, wherein whole grains are considered to be the staple diet. This is also added with beans and vegetables for the extra nourishment. Refined foods and foods that are highly processed are completely avoided. Thorough mastication is yet another issue of concern, prior to swallowing. Overeating is also restricted.

There are certain guidelines of this diet, namely

  • 25 to 30 per cent vegetables
  • 5 per cent Miso soup
  • 50 to 60 per cent of whole grains, namely brown rice and
  • 5 to 10 per cent legumes and beans.


Fruits, beverages, sweeteners, seafood, fish, butter, nuts, seeds and seasoning are the other components of this life based diet. The various methods of cooking include frying, pressure cooker, and sauté, boiling, steaming and blanching. Many ingredients of a macrobiotic diet are sauces similar to a Japanese diet. A macrobiotic diet is used as a preventive diet for cancer. Some animal foods are seen in a macrobiotic diet, which is otherwise similar to a vegan diet. Calcium and iron deficiencies are seen on following the macrobiotic diet. This diet is supposed to be helpful for individuals with heart disease.

A macrobiotic diet is low in fat and rich in complex carbohydrates and is hence referred as a weight loss diet. It is a low calorie dietary regimen. It is referred to as a way of life, rather than a weight loss program. Yin and yang properties are correlated with the diet. Eggs, meat, sugar, alcohol and spices are not allowed. Organic foods are preferred and microwave is not used for cooking. The macrobiotic diet is also rich in phytoestrogens, which help in overcoming the stress of menopause and premenstrual syndrome. It is also seen to help in the prevention of endometriosis and breast cancer. Inadequate protein in the diet results in decreased energy levels.

Submitted by E L on May 13, 2008 at 04:06


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