What is it?
The macrobiotic diet is a diet that stresses vegetarianism and eating whole, healthy foods. Some versions of the diet include dairy, fish, and meat.
The macrobiotic diet seems to reduce swelling. Certain macrobiotic diets might also help to balance bacteria in the gut.
People use the macrobiotic diet for cancer, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
Effective for …
There is interest in using the macrobiotic diet for a number of purposes, but there isn’t enough reliable information to say whether it might be helpful.
Special Precautions & Warnings:
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn’t enough reliable information to know if the macrobiotic diet is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Children: Following a strict macrobiotic diet is possibly unsafe in infants and children. This diet can lead to nutrient deficiencies. These deficiencies have been linked with reduced intelligence and reduced height in children. There isn’t enough reliable information to know if the macrobiotic diet is safe in infants or children when modifications are made to ensure nutritional needs are met.
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