Introduction to Macrobiotics (part 8) – Food and the Wood Element

In the Five Element Theory, Wood corresponds to a sour taste.

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

  • Lard
  • Dairy fats
  • Refined oils
  • Unrefined oils
  • Toasted oils
  • Tahini
  • Fatty fruits:
    avocado, banana, paw-paw Fruits: citrus, plums, rasberries
  • Sprouts
  • Greens
  • Oats
  • Rye
  • Wheat

How does food fit into the Five Element Theory?5-element nurturing and controlling elements

In the Five Element Theory, excess Wood in the body such as oily and fatty foods affects the body’s physical and mental flexibility, direction and purpose. This can lead to frustration and anger as well as confusion about where you are heading.

Since Metal controls Wood you can balance an excess of oily and fatty products, by increasing pungent foods like, ginger, daikon, brown rice, miso, pickles, and seaweed.