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Departmental Honors


Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Sciences


Macrobiotics is one of the most popular alternative or complementary approaches to fighting cancer. The diet is primarily plant-based, is centered on the idea of an all encompassing "yin-yang" concept in life, mind, environment and food. The dietary components of the macrobiotic diet, along with the many lifestyle implications are shown to have beneficial effects in cancer prevention and therapy. The diet has many anti-carcinogenic compounds, as well as a decrease in foods thought to promote cancer. A cause for concern is the vitamin deficiencies that may ensue in following a strict macrobiotic diet, which typically results from an all grain diet. Studies have been shown to look promising in cancer prevention, but more research needs to be done.



Faculty Mentor

Marie Walsh

Departmental Honors Advisor

Janet Anderson