Macrobiotic Diet Experts Opinions

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There have so far been no randomised (double blind or otherwise) studies to test the effectiveness of the Macrobiotic diet to reduce risk of cancer nor to cure cancer yet, although there is one in progress at present. The study, funded by the American Institutes of Health, Office of Alternative Medicine will look at the macrobiotic diet and its role (if any) in helping to prevent cancer.

  • The American Cancer Society cautiously recommends diet
  • Nutrition Australia cautiously approves of this diet
  • American Dietetic Association cautiously approves of this diet
  • Dieticians Canada cautiously approves of this diet
Most nutrition and health experts are cautiously in favour of a diet that promotes wholegrains, fresh fruit and vegetables, pulses and less saturated fats, but advise that proper dietetic consultation is required to ensure there are no nutritional deficiencies by using this diet

References

  1. The American Cancer Society’s (ACS) nutrition guidelines recommend eating a balanced diet that includes five or more servings a day of vegetables and fruit, choosing whole grains over processed and refined foods, and limiting red meats and animal fats in order to help reduce cancer risk. These guidelines are within the broad recommendations of the macrobiotic diet. The ACS doescaution people against following a strict macrobiotic diet that does not include enough protein foods, as they could be dangerous for people with cancer, whose nutritional requirements are different due to their specific condition. The ACS also cautions people about going on a strict vegetarian diet, as it requires careful planning to avoid nutritional deficiencies from lack of certain nutrients.
  2. Nutrition Australia cautiously approve of the less restrictive type of macrobiotic diet, which may be closer to the recommended pattern of food intake for good health. People that want to consider a macrobiotic diet need to consult a registered dietician to ensure they are getting all the recommended levels of all the vitaminsmineralsamino acidsfatscarbohydrates and protein to maintain health
  3. The American Dietetics Association cautiously approves of this diet, as long as it is not the restrictive type of macrobiotic diet. The American Dietetic Association position statement is that appropriately planned vegetarian diets are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases.
  4. Dieticians Canada cautiously approves of this diet, as long as it is not the restrictive type of macrobiotic diet. Dieticians Canada position statement is that appropriately planned vegetarian diets are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases.
  5. The American National Institutes of Health, Office of Alternative Medicine has funded a pilot study to determine if a macrobiotic diet may prevent cancer. This study has been completed (June 2008) but the results of the study are not yet available.

 

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