FOOD GUIDE: Macrobi (マクロビ)

Japanese believe in not just delicious diet, but also, healthy diet. A Macrobi (マクロビ) or macrobiotic diet is basically a balance between the Yin and Yang elements of food. Yin and Yang means grains are used as staples, accompanied with other ingredients like vegetables or soy.

Macrobiotic approach states that quality of food affects human’s health, well-being and happiness. The idea behind macrobiotic food is to choose food that is less refined and less processed, or basically similar to the concept of organic produces.

A Japanese macrobiotic diet includes different items as per the geographical region and living conditions. This basically mean, if the person is born in Hokkaido, the diet recommends gathering produces from the person’s surroundings (Hokkaido). It is also recommended to eat food as a whole, not partially. For example, like eating whole grain instead of refined grains.

Brown rice, vegetables, beans and legumes, Miso soup and sea vegetables are included in a macrobiotic diet. Fish and different seafood, nuts, sweeteners, fruits and beverages can be added occasionally.

Macrobiotic approach was introduced by the Japanese. In the Edo period, farmers were not allowed to eat meat in Japan. They had a diet which included staples of rice and soybeans. Though Japanese macrobiotics supporters backs unprocessed diet, chefs are working to develop delicious dishes keeping in mind the philosophy of this diet.

If you happen to visit Japan, do visit some Macrobiotic restaurants here!