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What Is the Macrobiotic Diet?

Thursday, 18 Nov 2010 04:41 PM

The macrobiotic diet is a fairly strict and rigid regimen that consists of whole grains and vegetables. Vegetables like beans and other foods like brown rice that have low fat and high fiber content constitute a major part of this vegetarian diet.

Processed and high-sugar foods are a strict no-no in this diet plan. The guidelines of this diet plan have evolved over the years. With its roots embedded in the philosophy of the Far East, it stresses eating vegetables that are grown organically and eaten fresh. The guidelines are not restricted to certain types of food, but rather how the food is prepared. The diet insists that food is prepared without using a microwave and suggets healthier ways of cooking like the pressure cooker.

The diet also states that eating food in a slow, relaxed manner and chewing it thoroughly is another important aspect to weight loss that is ignored by most people. The macrobiotic diet is a predominantly vegetarian diet that includes various soy products.

Usually, a low-fat and high-fiber diet is recommended in the event of chronic diseases like endometriosis and cancer. While there is no groundbreaking research proving that this diet may be helpful in cancer prevention and treatment, it does promote healthy eating habits.
Foods that are rich in fiber, whole grains, beans, and other vegetables play a major role in this diet. The macrobiotic diet is also beneficial for women going through menopause because it helps them cope with various symptoms. 
While high-fiber foods are excellent due to their low calorie content, the macrobiotic diet stresses the importance of eating foods that gives the body essential fats. Complex carbohydrates, saturated fats, and natural (unprocessed) foods are incorporated into the diet. Alcohol, cheese, eggs, meat, sugar, and spices are completely avoided to promote sound physical health. The main disadvantage of this type of vegetarian diet is that it may result in a deficiency of iron and calcium, if followed without proper guidance.
Whole grains like barley, millet, rye, corn, buckwheat, and flour products like noodles, pasta, bread, baked goods, and even rolled oats form a part of the diet. Soup made from fermented soy beans and steamed, boiled, baked, and sautéed vegetables make the vegetarian diet very tasty and are also extremely nutritious.

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