Hello all! A quick follow-on post to yesterday's offering on the Ma-Pi2 diet for diabetes. This diet is vegan, grain based (brown rice, millet, barley), includes legumes and copious veggies, and "macrobiotic" foods like seaweed and green tea.
I want to make clear that my purpose for blogging on this particular diet is not one of advocacy. I don't believe there is any evidence for humanity avoiding all animal derived sustenance and, sorry, but the Ma-Pi diet does seem a rather austere one to me. Furthermore, I am offering no comment on the "macrobiotic" claims and whether the inclusion of some of these special foods is integral to the success of these programs. When looking at the success of programs such as native Hawaiian diets (discussed here), and others, which neither contain special foods and include some animal products (chicken in the case of the Hawaiian trial), my best educated guess is that they are not magical. That said, seaweed may act as a "supplement" of sorts.