macrobiotic diet


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mac·ro·bi·ot·ic di·et

a diet claimed to promote longevity, with an emphasis on whole grains and vegetables.

macrobiotic diet

A diet consisting of: whole grains (e.g., barley, millet, oats, rice, and wheat), comprising 50% of the dietary intake; vegetables (freshly picked and in season), comprising 20–30% of intake; soups (e.g., of vegetables, seaweed and grains), comprising 5–10% of intake; oils, juices, nuts, seeds (e.g., sunflower), herbs, pulses (e.g., beans, lentils, peas) and seaweed, comprising 5–10% of intake; and animal foods (e.g., white meat, fish), comprising 5–15% of intake, enough to prevent malnutrition. Foods avoided in the macrobiotics diet are animal fats, canned and frozen foods, coffee, dairy products, eggs, meats, night shade vegetables (e.g., eggplant, peppers, pot toes and tomatoes), poultry, refined sugar, semi-tropical and tropical fruits, and tea.

Macrobiotics proponents may believe that conventional (non-macrobiotic) diets carry an increased risk of cancer, and that a diet which can prevent cancer can also treat it; it is recognised, however, that the diet must be used in conjunction with mainstream cancer therapies. Macrobiotics received considerable adverse publicity in the 1960s and ’70s, when some of its advocates consumed brown rice to the virtual exclusion of other foods, and suffered malnutrition or death

macrobiotic diet

Alternative nutrition A diet of whole grains, vegetables–eg, barley, millet, oats, rice, wheat, comprising 50% of dietary intake–DI, vegetables–freshly picked in season, 20-30% DI, soups–eg, vegetables, seaweed, grains, 5-10% DI, oils, juices, nuts, seeds–eg, sunflower, herbs, pulses–beans, lentils, peas, and seaweed, 5-10% DI and enough animal foods–eg, 'white meat' fish, 5-15% DI to prevent malnutrition. See Kushi, Macrobiotic Shiatsu, Raw food diet, Zen macrobiotic diet. Cf Unproven methods for cancer management.

mac·ro·bi·ot·ic di·et

(mak'rō-bī-ot'ik dī'ĕt)
A diet claimed to increase longevity, often by an emphasis on whole-grain natural foods and restrictions on noncereal foods (especially animal products), as well as liquids.
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