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Comparing the different dietetics and diets

Comparative tables

  1. Resemblances: the ideas
  2. Differences: the choices of foodstuffs
  3. Cereals, fruits, vegetables
  4. Fish, seafood, meat, eggs, dairy products
  5. Raw or cooked foods, salt, sugar, fats.

1 - Resemblances: the ideas

Dietetics and food diets can be classified into 3 categories, according to their founding idea:

Klee, the balanced diet logo Balanced diet
Ayurvedic yes + well-being of the mind
Chinese yes + good circulation of energy (Qi)
Hippocratic yes + physical activity, moderation
Official yes + physical activity
Vegetarians neither meat nor fish or seafood
Raw foodists living food
Miro, Alternative dietetics logo Life hygiene
Mediterranean convivial nature of the meals and a varied range of food items
Naturopathy vital energy, purifying of toxins (hydrotherapy of the colon)
Kousmine healthy food + intestinal hygiene (enema)
Shelton Natural hygiene, food combining diet
Bruegel, the diets logo, to become thin, to lose weight To become thin, to lose weight
Atkins low carb diet to combat obesity
Montignac glycemic index to combat obesity
Weight Watchers caloric restriction + physical activity

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2 - Differences: the choices of foodstuffs

Concretely, in order to enjoy a balanced diet, certain food items will be preferred and others will be excluded. And the choices of foodstuffs differ from one dietetics to the other, from one diet to the other.

  The choices of foodstuffs
Ayurvedic 3 Doshas, 3 Gunas, 6 flavours, good combinations
according to 3 temperaments
Chinese Yin Yang, 5 flavours, 5 colours, 5 consistencies, food items according to 5 temperaments
Hippocratic 4 qualities, food items according to 4 temperaments
Official food pyramid according to 6 groups
Vegetarians vegetables, (+ eggs, dairy products, honey), associations
Raw foodists food undestroyed by heat, raw, sprouted or lacto-fermented
Mediterranean fruits, vegetables, cereals, olive oil, aromatic plants
Naturopathy raw foods, wholefood, sprouted grains
combinations as per food families
Kousmine food items favouring the acid-base balance, Budwig cream at breakfast, a light meal at night
Shelton combinations and times (the period between foods)
Atkins reducing carbohydrates - proteins and lipids at will
Montignac highly considerable combinations
Weight Watchers calory restriction programme

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3 - Cereals, fruits, vegetables

Chinese dietetics: Fresh foodstuffs, of different colours, flavours, consistencies, according to the season, health and temperament of the guests.
Hippocratic dietetics: Food items corresponding (or opposed) to one’s temperament.
Official dietetics: Food items chosen as per a food pyramid (6 groups).
Shelton diet: The important factor is the combinations.
Atkins diet: Food items chosen with less carbohydrate content.
Montignac diet: Food items chosen according to the glycemic index.
Weight Watchers: Food items chosen as per the objective to lose weight.

Food items whole cereals white cereals seeds fruits dry f vegetables dry veg
Ayurvedic     sprouted juicy   green  
Chinese              
Hippocratic              
Official              
Vegetarians ***   sprouted *** *** *** ***
Raw foodists *** ***   *** *** ***  
Mediterranean *** ***   *** *** *** ***
Naturopathy little gluten no sprouted juice   juice  
Kousmine little gluten no sprouted ***   *** no
Shelton       out of meal      
Atkins              
Montignac              
Weight Watchers              

white cereals = husked cereals (white flour, pastries, pasta, semolina...)

Very important = *** important =  

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4 - Fish, seafood, meat, eggs, dairy products

Chinese dietetics: Fresh foodstuffs, of different colours, flavours, consistencies, according to the season, health and temperament of the guests.
Hippocratic dietetics: Food items corresponding (or opposed) to one’s temperament.
Official dietetics: Food items chosen as per a food pyramid (6 groups).
Shelton diet: The important factor is the combinations.
Atkins diet: At will.
Montignac diet: Food items chosen according to the source of proteins.
Weight Watchers: Food items chosen as per the objective to lose weight.

Food items fish sea meat poultry eggs dairy
Ayurvedic avoid avoid avoid avoid avoid milk butter
Chinese            
Hippocratic            
Official            
Vegetarians no no no no *** ***
Raw foodists no no no no    
Mediterranean *** *** little little   cheese yoghurt
Naturopathy     less      
Kousmine lean   lean
and less
     
Shelton           no
Atkins *** *** *** *** *** ***
Montignac            
Weight Watchers            

fish = sea fish, lake fish, river fish - seafood (crustaceans...)

Very important = *** important =  

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5 - The raw or cooked foods, salt, suggar, fats

Shelton diet: The important factor is the combinations.
Atkins diet: Food items chosen with less carbohydrate content.

Food items raw cooked salt suggar fats
Ayurvedic distrust ***      
Chinese distrust ***      
Hippocratic distrust ***   medicine  
Official     less less less
Vegetarians         less
Raw foodists *** no      
Mediterranean         olive oil
Naturopathy ***     whole cold-press oil
Kousmine *** steamed   less white sugar  
Shelton       unwise  
Atkins       less  
Montignac          
Weight Watchers          

Very important = *** important =  

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Comparing the different dietetics and diets: explanation

Continuation on the French web site:

  1. Théorie des humeurs et tempéraments
  2. Diététiques et digestion
  3. La digestion est une cuisson
  4. La digestion est un système physico-chimique
  5. Valeur des aliments
  6. Aliments: diététiques empiriques
  7. Aliments: diététiques scientifiques
  8. Interprétations des données scientifiques
  9. Conclusion.

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