Meet the Maker's Diet
A new diet program takes its roots from the Bible and focuses on organic food.
Maker's Diet in Action
The diet is broken down into three, two-week stages. The first
stage is the most restrictive; prohibiting many commercial dairy products,
chlorinated tap water, many fats and oils, and all carbs. As the weeks
progress, more foods are introduced including red meat, carbs, and saturated
Nutritionists Sound Off
"I don't know of any data that suggests that organic is
better than other produce, but it's more expensive," says Ruth Kava, PhD,
RD, director of nutrition at the American Council on Science and Health in New
York. "'Organic' and 'natural' have that 'good-for-you buzz,' but there are
a lot of natural poisons and carcinogens, so that part of this marketing ploy
does not get me too excited." The Maker's Diet strongly encourages
consuming organic fruits and vegetables.
She adds that in the distant past, people were unaware of
vitamins. "We have come a long way in terms of our knowledge, and I don't
think that should be ignored," she says.
"One of the things [Rubin] said is that our ancestors
enjoyed exceptional health, but I don't know how he knows that from the
Bible," she says.
Still, Kava says certain things in the Maker's Diet are
reasonable -- healthful even. "It's a mixed bag," she says. "He
picked up on a lot of the faddy, crazy things about modern lifestyles [such as
danger from electromagnetic fields and avoiding fluoride in the water supply],
but hand washing is important and reasonable."
Victoria Shanta-Retelny, RD, a dietitian at Northwestern
Memorial Hospital's Wellness Institute in Chicago, is less laudatory about the
new, old diet. "The basic premise of The Maker's Diet, which is a '40-day
health experience that will change your life forever,' begs skepticism,"
she tells WebMD.
"The plan is gimmicky as it focuses on fasting one day per week, which I
don't recommend as a general guideline because we are not sure [what] a
person's specific health concerns are, such as diabetes," she
What's more, there are a myriad of supplements that the diet touts as
essential, she says.
"One of them, extra-virgin coconut oil, is marketed as the
'healthier oil' when the nutrition literature does not support this," she
says. If anything, she says, "coconut oil is 92% saturated fat -- the type
that can clog arteries."