Section 3: Health and Life Choices, Article 7

Diet, Nutrition, and Food

Elohim said, Behold,
I have given you every herb bearing seed,
which is upon the face of all the earth,
and every tree, in the which is
the fruit of a tree yielding seed;
to you it shall be for meat.”
Genesis 1:29.

rom creation Yehuveh has had an ideal plan for human nutrition. He knows what will make our bodies most efficient, leave our minds most clear and provide us with the highest energy and best health.

The Original Diet: Tree Fruits and Seeds 
His original diet consisted of “every herb bearing seed . . . and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed.” Genesis 1:11 clarifies the “herb bearing seed” as “grass,” and “the herb yielding seed.” The grains with which we are familiar include: wheat, rice, corn, oats, millet, barley, rye, triticale and amaranth. There are more than two hundred grain bearing grasses, but these few are the common ones. The herbs bearing seed include: peas, beans, lentils, garbanzos, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, etc. The tree fruit which have seeds include: apples, pears, peaches, nectarines, plums, apricots, cherries, mangos, papaya, guava, and many others. Nuts are not really fruit, and are the seed rather than bearing a seed in themselves. For this reason, it is a matter of debate as to where nuts fit into this description. Genesis 1:29.
         Once we learn to live on a diet such as this, there is tremendous variety available. Originally the grains would have been picked fresh from the standing grasses, enjoyed raw and whole. But few of us live near a grain supply such as this, and by the time we get wheat or rice the kernel has hardened into its winter storage form. As a hardened grain, the simple sugars have linked together to form long-chain carbohydrates which are virtually indigestible to humans. For this reason, the grains we use must be cooked, boiled, roasted, baked or fried. Heating will break the long-chain carbohydrates down into their simple sugars again and makes the grain again digestible to humans. The simplest preparations are the best, of course. The grains can be eaten raw if sprouted, or cooked as hot cereals, granolas, casseroles, gravies, sauces,
breads, waffles, crapes, cakes and cookies, etc.
Tree fruit provide a higher quality of nutrition than can be obtained from the ground fruits such as melons and berries. Fascinating that Yehuveh offered us only the most elevating and wholesome food when we were created. Oh that we would return to this diet! The fresh fruit comes in a variety of colors and textures and can be enjoyed whole, sliced, chopped, mashed, blended, or juiced. While best used raw, fruit can also be cooked in a variety of ways to make sauces, cobblers, pies, etc. Since the combinations are almost endless, there is little chance of monotony.

Gael Bataman         
Originally Written:     30 August 2005
Latest Update:             7 January 2010

Complete Study Guide to Article 7   

The Second Diet: Adding Herbs of the Fields        The Third Diet: Adding Flesh Foods       
Additions to the Third Diet: Alcoholic Drinks        Making the Needed Changes       

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