Introduction to Macrobiotics (part 9) – Food and the Fire Element

In the Five Element Theory, Fire corresponds to a bitter or burnt taste.

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

  • Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Saccharin
  • Tobacco
  • Coffee
  • Honey
  • BBQ meat
  • Fruit juices
  • Tropical summer fruit
  • Toasted bread
  • Carrot tops
  • Leafy greens – watercress, chicory
  • Corn

How does food fit into the 5-Element Theory?

5-element nurturing and controlling elements

In the 5-Element Theory, excess Fire in the form of stimulants and sugar sends energy into the upper body and the head. This can lead to congestion and tension in these areas, as well as overstimulating the mind.

Since Water controls Fire, you can balance an excess of the Fire element in the body by increasing the intake of foods like seaweed, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, beans and buckwheat.