Macrobiotic cooking: which foods are Yin, which ones are Yang?

More and more often we hear of macrobiotic cooking, but not everyone knows what it actually is. Here some more information about this food regime.

What is the meaning of macrobiotic cooking and what are its benefits? This doctrine is now part of the Western culture and many people follow it. Macrobiotics provides a very healthy lifestyle thanks to its diet and, in particular, to the combination of certain foods. Let’s find out everything about macrobiotic cooking.

Macrobiotic cooking: what is it?

The meaning of this kind of diet has roots in Eastern philosophy, according to which one’s health is based on the balance of the Yin and Yang principles. These are the two forces that regulate any existing thing in the universe, including, of course, food.

The founder of this diet, Georges Ohsawa,was inspired by Chinese medicine and buddhism. He listed some rules to follow for good health, highlighting the Yin and Yang foods. If properly combined according to the principles of macrobiotic cooking, this products promise a long life.

Cucina macrobiotica
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The rules of macrobiotic cooking

In order to practice macrobiotic cooking, it is important to follow some basic rules. For example, during the cooking you need to pay attention to certain things: you should use wooden spoons and terracotta, porcelain or stainless steel pots. Moreover, you should nbot add salt to foods while they’re cooking.

Most of the rules, however, concerns the food choice. The daily food intake should be divided in this way: 50% of whole grains, 25% vegetables, 15% legumes. For the rest, youi should eat fruits, mostly cooked or dried.

The macrobiotic diet provides a low intake of animal proteins. White fish is allowed twice a week, and only occasionally you can consume white meat. A final recommendation on drinks: drink in small sips, but never during meals.

 Yin and Yang foods

For macrobiotic cooking, foods are divided into Yin and Yang. The first are those related to cold and winter. They are mostly acidic and cold. The Yang ones, on the contrary, correspond hot and summer. They are tasty and flavorful foods.

Among the Yin foods there are yogurt,  milk, fresh cheeses, most vegetables, legumes, seaweed, sugar, corn, barley, oats and wheat. Fish, shellfish, meat, salami, eggs, cheeses, salt, spices, millet and rice are Yang foods.

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ultimo aggiornamento: 07-01-2019

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