Written by Edzard Ernst and the CAM-Cancer Consortium.
Updated February 8, 2017

Macrobiotic diet

Is it safe?

Adverse events

Strict forms of the macrobiotic diet can lead to nutritional deficiencies, particularly in vulnerable populations such as children. (e.g.15-26)


Nutritionally vulnerable groups such as small children, pregnant women and elderly individuals should be particularly cautious regarding the malnutrition risk.


None known.

Other problems or complications

None known.


Edzard Ernst, CAM-Cancer Consortium. Macrobiotic diet [online document]. http://cam-cancer.org/The-Summaries/Dietary-approaches/Macrobiotic-diet. February 8, 2017.

Document history

Assessed as up to date in February 2017 by Barbara Wider.
Assessed as up to date in April 2016 by Barbara Wider.

First published in February 2014, authored by Edzard Ernst.


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