Revista Cubana de Investigaciones Biomédicas
On-line version ISSN 1561-3011
PORRATA MAURY, Carmen et al. Characterization and nutritional evaluation of the Ma-Pi macrobiotic diets. Rev Cubana Invest Bioméd [online]. 2008, vol.27, n.3-4, pp. 0-0. ISSN 1561-3011.
There exist lack of knowledge and general confusion on macrobiotic feeding. During 7 years, different clinical tests have been made at the "Finlay" Institute with the Ma-pi macrobiotic diets, developed by Mario Pianesi, founder and president of "A Macrobiotic Point", Italy, in order to check its nutritional safety and the therapeutic effects attributed to it. These diets are based on the consumption of natural, integral and ecological foods, with a predominance of the integral cereals, vegetables and legumes. This work offers information on these diets, their characterization, basic principles, content and nutritional evaluation. The nutritional content of 5 examples of alimentary patterns corresponding to the same number of Ma-pi diets was determined and compared with the recommendations proposed by experts' groups. The diets proved to have a low fat content, proteins of animal origin, simple carbohydrates, a high content of complex carbohydrates, dietary fiber and antioxidants. The evaluated Ma-pi diets were nutritionally safe. Their principles have a strong scientific support; therefore, they can be used to promote health and to prevent and treat chronic diseases, since they are composed of a great number of functional foods with recognized therapeutic power. The investigations about their therapeutic potentiality are under development
Keywords : Diet; macrobiotics; nutrients; therapy; evaluation.