Introduction to Macrobiotics (part 10) – Food and the Earth Element

In the 5-Element Theory, Earth corresponds to a sweet taste.

The foods listed below, graded from greatest impact to least impact, support the Earth element.

  • Glucose
  • Soft drinks
  • Sugar
  • Honey
  • Maple syrup
  • Mirin
  • Ripe sweet fruit
  • Fruit juices
  • Milk and cream
  • Malted grain (amazake, rice malt)
  • Squash,
  • pumpkin,
  • Onion
  • Round yellow/orange vegies
  • Sweet brown rice
  • Millet
  • Barley

How does food fit into the 5-Element Theory?

5-element nurturing and controlling elements

In the 5-Element Theory, excess Earth in the form of sugar and other sweetners can affect the capacity nourish ourselves appropriately and be in touch with the various cycles in the body. This can lead to indecisiveness, irregular eating and a general fogginess in the brain.

Since Wood controls Earth, you can balance an excess of the Earth element in the body by increasing the intake of foods like sprouts, greens, oats, rye and wheat.