“Will the macrobiotic diet cause nutrient deficiency?”
This is a big concern for several people when they begin the macrobiotic diet, as transitioning to something new may be intimidating at first. We receive many questions about if the macrobiotic diet is nutrient deficient and its potential side effects.
Since macrobiotics is plant-based, many people have the impression that it would be deficient in protein, iron, calcium, vitamin B12, and vitamin D. This is not the case. Individuals will not lack in their nutrients as long as they eat a wide variety of vegetables and grains.
Contrary to public belief, the best quality of nutrition comes from plant-based foods instead of supplements and animal products. By incorporating an assortment of foods into the diet to appropriately nourish one’s body, people can reap the same benefits, if not more. For instance, eating the right vegetables or beans could provide you with more calcium than that of a cup of milk.
“Is the macrobiotic diet too unrealistic and extreme in its limitations?”
This question arises due to the lack of accessibility to accurate educational resources about macrobiotics. The modern macrobiotic diet is not unrealistic nor extreme and has minimal to no side effects.
At SHI, we focus on an open and positive approach. Diets cannot be limiting or restrictive and must contribute to your life; otherwise, they would not work. We recommend that clients slowly implement healthy meals and practices to gain comfortability. With this technique, people grow a desire and understanding for macrobiotics, making it easier to commit to and view as a benefit.
“Is the macrobiotic diet high in salt?”
Salt is typically considered an enemy. However, we all need salt in our diet to stay healthy. The macrobiotic approach to salt consumption is using high-quality sea salt, as opposed to refined table salt. Sea salt is good for our immune system and blood, whereas refined salt possesses fewer minerals and is prevalent in processed foods. Also, we suggest that people always add salt during the cooking process instead of adding it while they are eating. Adding salt during the cooking process makes it healthy and doesn’t raise your blood pressure.