RECIPE: Macro vs. Micro biotic

lazylanerJuly 27, 2002

I've heard the terms "macrobiotic" and "microbiotic" diets

and wonder if anyone knows the difference between them.

Would also appreciate anything you may have experienced w/them. Thank you.

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Here's a definition from (check it out!):

Macrobiotic Diet
(Michio Kushi, Aveline Kushi)

70-80% Carbohydrates: whole grains, vegetables, seaweed and legumes
10-15% Protein: tofu and other soy products, whole grains, legumes and small amounts of seafood
10-15% Fat: fish, sesame oils and small amounts of plant and animal foods

Teaches the importance of changing the diet according to the seasons and climate.
Can be therapeutic for combating degenerative diseases, especially for Asians.
Provides more beneficial fats and slightly more protein than strict vegan diets.


Encourages salty, fermented condiments that are problematic for people with hypertension and yeast allergies.
Contains a lot of soy, a common food allergen.
Not tolerated well by people with grain sensitivities.

Resources: Macrobiotic Diet (Japan Publications) by Michio and Aveline Kushi; The Macrobiotic Way (Avery) by Michio Kushi, John Denver and Stephen Blauer

For more definitons of other diets.......

Here is a link that might be useful: Diet Stackup

    Bookmark   July 28, 2002 at 8:33PM
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Carol, thank you so much! I appreciate your taking the time to give me the info.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2002 at 11:11PM
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