Plant-based eating regimen that prioritizes whole, natural foods while avoiding or limiting animal products and processed foods, but may lead to nutritional deficiencies and be socially restrictive, and is best approached with caution and consultation with a healthcare professional.
The macrobiotic diet is a plant-based eating regimen that prioritizes whole, natural foods while avoiding or limiting meat, dairy, sugar, refined flour, and processed foods. It is believed to improve overall health and well-being, with potential health benefits including lower cholesterol and reduced inflammation. However, the diet may lead to nutritional deficiencies in protein, calcium, iron, vitamin D, and vitamin B12 since it does not include animal products. Additionally, it can be socially restrictive and challenging to follow, and may incur significant financial costs. Those interested in trying the diet should consult with a doctor or registered dietitian, especially if they have underlying health issues or allergies to certain food groups.