Macrobiotic Diet

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A macrobiotic diet is a vegan-type diet that is low in calcium and vitamin D. This diet is similar to a typical developing country diet: low in fat, animal products, and cholesterol, and high in complex carbohydrates. [1]


The Macrobiotic diet includes:[1]

  1. Cereals, pulses, and vegetables, with small additions of seaweeds, fermented foods, nuts and seeds and seasonal fruits.
  2. Fish may be consumed occasionally but meat and dairy products are generally avoided.


  • The macrobiotic diet has been used to treat people with cancer.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Parsons, TJ, Dusseldorp, MV, Der Vliet, MV, Der Werken, KV, Schaafsma, G, and Staveran, WAV (1997) Reduced bone mass in dutch adolescents fed a macrobiotic diet in early life. Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, 12(9):1486-1494.
  2. Kushi, LH, Cunningham, JE, Hebert, JR, Lerman, RH, Bandera, EV, and Teas, J (2001)The macrobiotic diet in cancer. American Society for Nutritional Sciences, 3056-3064.