The following foods are generally considered by traditional macrobiotic health theory to be detrimental to good health. These are basic lists only. There may be other foods, not listed here, that would need to minimized or avoided for an individual’s best health. Consulting with an experienced macrobiotic counselor will help you understand what foods to use and not use for your individual condition.
ANIMAL PRODUCTS Beef, Lamb, Pork (ham, bacon, sausage, etc.) Poultry (chicken, turkey, etc.) Wild Game, Eggs
DAIRY FOODS Cheese Butter Milk (buttermilk, skim milk) Yogurt (including soy yogurt) Kefir Ice Cream Cream Sour Cream Whipped Cream All other milk products All foods with milk products in the ingredients All soy dairy substitutes
SEAFOOD Shrimp, lobster, oysters, clams, all other shellfish
PROCESSED FOODS Instant food, canned food, frozen food, refined (white) flour, polished (white) rice, chewing gum, foods processed with chemicals, preservatives, additives, stabilizers, emulsifiers, artificial coloring, sprayed or dyed foods, genetically engineered foods, irradiated foods, boxed, canned and frozen foods
SWEETENERS Sugar (white, raw, brown, turbinado, etc.) artificial sweeteners: Sweet n’ Low, Nutri-Sweet, etc. Sucanat, Stevia honey, molasses, corn syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, organic evaporated cane juice, cane juice, cane syrup, pineapple concentrate, agave, Rapudra, date sugar, beet sugar, fructose powder, maple syrup, carob syrup, chocolate, carob, sorghum, and all other concentrated or refined sugars and sweeteners, natural or artificial.
STIMULANTS Spices (cayenne, peppers, cumin, curry, etc.) salsa, garlic, coffee, chai, black tea, geen tea, commercially dyed teas, stimulating aromatic teas (herb, mint, ginseng, etc.) Instant grain coffee sweetened with date sugar, beet sugar or other refined sweeteners (Pero, Cafix, etc.)
FATS Lard and all animal fats, soy margarine, other margarine, coconut oil, canola oil, palm oil, soybean oil, flax oil, peanut butter, other nut butters, chemically processed vegetable oils, Omega 3 oil capsules and supplements
TROPICAL FRUITS & JUICES Bananas, pineapple, grapefruit, mangoes, oranges, papaya, kiwi, figs, dates, coconut, plantain, all other tropical fruits