Macrobiotic Diet Advantages

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There are many advantages to the Macrobiotic diet:

  • May prevent several types of cancers
  • Consists of fresh produce
  • Provides lots of vitamins, minerals, antioxidant and phytonutrients
  • Rich in fibre (from the wholegrains)
  • May prevent constipation
  • Organic foods are higher in nutrients than conventional foods
  • May prevent heart disease
  • Very low in saturated fats
  • Rich in foods high in phytoestrogens
  • Very low in refined sugar and processed foods
  • May help people with diabetes
The macrobiotic diet is basically a type of vegetarian diet and may have many health benefits

Explanation of the Advantages

  • The American National Institutes of Health, Office of Alternative Medicine has funded a pilot study to determine if a macrobiotic diet may prevent several types of cancer. This study has been completed (June 2008) but the results of the study are not yet available.
  • The Macrobiotic diet is high in fibre from the wholegrains which are highly advised to be eaten. Fibre is lacking is most people’s diets today. Fibre is required to enable the colon to work properly and prevent constipation
  • The American Heart Association recommends a diet which is low in saturated fat. High intake of saturated fat is linked to heart disease development, so a diet that limits saturated fat can only reduce this risk
  • The Macrobiotic diet is high in phytoestrogens, which proponents believe may help to balance female hormones and help with menopause, premenstrual syndrome, and prevention against breast cancer (as well as other cancers) and endometriosis
  • The Macrobiotic diet is very low in refined sugar and processed foods, which are unhealthy and can exacerbated insulin resistance and diabetes. Wholegrains, high in fibre are better at keeping the blood glucose levels at an even level and prevent spikes in blood glucose and insulin, which can eventually cause insulin resistance in some people and this condition can lead to diabetes type 2

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