Macrobiotic Diet Disadvantages

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There are a number of disadvantages to the Macrobiotic diet:

  • Requires careful planning every day
  • May be deficient in some vital nutrients
  • Too low in dairy and calcium
  • Too low in protein
  • Too low in fat which may prevent absorption of the fat-soluble vitamins, which need some fat to be absorbed (vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E, vitamin-K)
The macrobiotic diet is basically a type of vegetarian diet that needs very careful planning to be successful

Explanation of the Disadvantages

  • The Macrobiotic diet requires careful planning to ensure that the foods eaten each day contain enough of the vitamins, minerals and amino acids and the foods recommended can be different in each area of the world, which can have different types of foods available
  • The Macrobiotic diet may be too low in some nutrients (such as vitamin B12, calcium, iron and magnesium) and may cause a deficiency and adverse health effects if these nutrients are not supplemented
  • The Macrobiotic diet is too low in dairy, which provides a lot of the calcium, magnesium and other nutrients as well as providing a low fat protein source
  • The Macrobiotic diet, if not planned correctly, will be too low in protein. This is basically a vegetarian diet and this means that certain foods need to be combined in order to create a complete protein (which contains all the essential amino acids that need to be eaten in the diet) which has to be eaten at every meal to ensure that the body has enough for all the metabolic processes it requires to perform each day
  • The Macrobiotic diet is too low in fat and this can be detrimental to the ability to absorb the fat soluble vitamins (vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E, vitamin-K) which need some fat in the diet in order to be absorbed



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