Does the Bible Say We Should Eat Grains?

does the bible say we should eat grains Does the Bible Say We Should Eat Grains?

I often (ok, basically always) encourage readers to ditch the grains for the sake of their health, and many do see tremendous health improvements by doing so. One question/objection I often get is “If grains are unhealthy, why are they consumed in the Bible and why did Jesus use so many references to bread” or “Grains are the staff of life, and Jesus even called himself the “Bread of Life” so eating them can’t be bad!”

It is certainly a valid point to consider and as a Christian, it was one I researched while going grain-free. Fortunately, for those of us striving to eat as healthy as possible and to live good Christian lives, the answers aren’t conflicting.

To fully understand the factors involved though, it is important to note several things:

1. The Grains of Biblical Times are Much Different Than The Grains of Today!

There certainly are many references to grains in the Bible, and with good reason. The Bible was compiled during a predominately agricultural time, and this would have been a reference that was easily understood by the people during that time period.

Though the Bible references grains, the grains consumed a couple thousand years ago bear little to no resemblance to the grains we consume (or don’t consume!) today.

In Jesus’ time, there were only three major types of wheat in existence: Einkorn, Emmer, and later Triticum aestivum along with simple, non-hybrid varieties of other grains like barley, millet, and rye. These grains had (and still have) a higher protein content and lower anti-nutrient content than grains of today.

This is a stark contrast to the 25,000+ species that exist today, most of which we created in a lab to be disease resistant or produce high yields. In order to achieve these traits like disease and pest resistance, scientists had to enhance the part of the grains that naturally resists disease and predators: mainly, the glutens, lectins, and phytates- the most harmful parts of the grains to humans.

In addition, these hybridized strains are often allergen producing and usually sprayed with pesticides and chemicals. It is interesting to note that some people who are allergic to modern strains of wheat show little to no reaction to (properly prepared) Einkorn wheat in small amounts.

So, the grains of Jesus’ time weren’t genetically similar to the grains of today, and had lower concentrations of the harmful components. In addition, they were prepared much differently:

2. The Grains of Biblical Times Were Prepared Differently Than The Grains of Today!

Besides the differences in the basic genetic structure of the grains, grains in Biblical times were processed much differently, and consuming them in modern form wouldn’t have even been an option.

Since grains do contain anti-nutrients like gluten, lectin and phytates, these components have to be neutralized somehow. Traditional cultures throughout the world have found ways to lower the effect of these harmful properties.

In Biblical times, grains were often prepared by soaking, fermenting, or sprouting before being consumed. Often, this wasn’t intentional, but a result of methods of storage which left the grains exposed to warm, moist conditions that encouraged sprouting and fermentation.

When a grain sprouts, the chemical structure changes and the anti-nutrient content is greatly reduced. Fermentation mitigates this further. Grains are harmful to humans when consumed straight off the plant in an uncooked or un-prepared state.

In addition, any grains consumed in Biblical times could truly have been called “whole grains” unlike the processed granola versions of modern times. Equipment didn’t even exist to grind grain to the micro-fine particles that we call flour today. Grains were often ground, by hand, using stones or similar objects.

Think of the difference in particle size between a hand-ground, sprouted piece of wheat and the dried, hybridized, dust-like flour we use today. The flour we consume today is ground to such a small size that the surface area of the grain is literally increased 10,000% and the starchy area is expanded. As a result, the body quickly converts it to sugar, which is why flour and processed foods can have as much of an impact on the blood sugar as pure sugar can.

Another obvious point to realize is that any reference to grain in Jesus’ time was a reference to an actual grain, in whole form or made into bread (that also wouldn’t resemble the stuff you get at the store!). Certainly, grains in Jesus’ time would not have been made into donuts, pretzels, chips, snack foods, cookies, etc.

Grains in Biblical times also wouldn’t have been mixed with vegetable oils, high fructose corn syrup, chemical additives, commercial yeasts, artificial flavorings, or other ingredients used today. Jesus wouldn’t have been snacking on Chex Mix or chowing down on bagels or soda while he was fishing.

If one truly desires to eat grains because they are referenced in the Bible, than these grains should be one of the three varieties that actually existed in the Bible, and should be prepared in a similar way and eaten in a similar way (though I’m not sure this is what many people are envisioning when referencing the Bible for their reason for consuming grains).

3. Grain Consumption Didn’t Begin Until After the Fall

If you read the text carefully, Adam and Eve are given the plants and fruits to eat in the Garden of Eden when there is peace and optimal health (considering death didn’t enter the picture until after the fall).

It is only after they sin that reference is made to tilling the soil and growing grains, and this reference is mingled with a reference to death when God tells Adam: “From the sweat of your brow shall you get bread to eat, until you return to the ground from which you were taken.”

In this sense, one can wonder if grain consumption was part of God’s plan in the beginning at all. Of course, God created grains, as he created everything, and saw that it all was good. An important distinction to make is that not everything that is “good” is necessarily “beneficial” to the human body.

God created poison ivy, which has its place in the eco-system, but which is not beneficial to the human body. God created many poisonous species of plants and animals, and they are good, though not beneficial to the human person.

God created grains, and while they have been consumed at times throughout history, nowhere is it specifically declared that they are beneficial and healthy for the human body, or that their consumption is part of the optimal diet for humans.

The context of the Bible was an agricultural time period when grains were sometimes necessary for survival or population growth. Especially considering the differences in grains today, it must be evaluated if grains are still a necessary part of the human diet.

In my opinion, references in the Bible give us insight into this as well:

4. Grains Were Often Eaten in Times of Hardship

While grains are referenced often in the Bible, these references are not always positive. From the animal offering of Abel that was preferred to the grain offering of Cain, to the admonition to Adam to till the soil until death, the Bible has its share of negative grain references as well.

The Book of Ezekiel is one of the most detailed and well-known references to grains, as God commands Ezekiel to use “wheat and barley, and beans and lentils, and millet and spelt” to make a bread for the people to eat.

This “recipe” has gained popularity and a version of bread fashioned after this method can be found in many grocery stores these days. Often, this is assumed to be healthy as it was a recipe given in the Bible. Unfortunately, a few important details were left out:

  • Taken in context, the book of Ezekiel is not a pleasant time. During Chapter 4, there is an impending siege, and these grains are all that is available. In fact, these foods are seen as food for animals, and Ezekiel protests having to eat them.
  • Because of the pending siege and famine, Ezekiel is also told to eat carefully portioned amounts to make sure there is enough food.
  • In verse 12, Ezekiel is commanded to cook this “bread” over human excrement, “For your food you must bake barley loaves over human excrement in their sight, said the Lord.” When Ezekiel protests, God allows him to use cow dung instead…. hardly appetizing, huh?

Other references link grain consumption with hardship as well:

  • When God’s people must leave Egypt in haste , they eat unleavened bread because it is all they can prepare in time
  • In the exile in the desert, God’s people eat Manna from Heaven though they eventually cry out for meat and are given quail
  • During the seven years of famine in Egypt, the Egyptians must eat grains because it is all that is available

[On a side note, both Biblical references and research on mummies from Ancient Egypt show that the Ancient Egyptians consumed grains in relatively large amounts in the form of breads and beer. The ancient Egyptians ate more “whole grains,” leaner meat, less saturated fat and more fruits and veggies than the average American today.  According to conventional wisdom, they should have been healthier, but researchers are stumped to find that they had high rates of heart disease and plaque in arterial walls as well.]

5. Meat is Often Linked With Times of Celebration or Redemption

Just as grains are often linked with hardship, many references to meat and fat in the Bible seem to promote their use (which is interesting, because many diets that encourage a Biblical way of eating often minimize meat consumption).

While meat was not specifically named as a food for man in the beginning, after the flood, God told Noah that “Every creature that is alive shall be yours to eat. I give them to you as I did the green plants.”

When the prodigal son returns, the father kills the fatted calf in celebration instead of making a cake or baking some bread.

In the Old Testament, meat sacrifices were often required. In fact, at Passover, the blood of a lamb (foreshadowing Christ) was necessary to save the firstborn sons. The passage makes it very clear that unless the Israelites actually consumed the flesh of the lamb, they would not be protected.

It times of fasting or sacrifice, people in Biblical times (and still today) abstain from meat. From a scientific standpoint, there are health benefits to fasting, especially from occasionally removing proteins and fats for a short time.

Abstaining from meat as a form of fasting (as Catholics still do during Lent and many other religions do at  times as well) shows that meat is something to be enjoyed and consumed!

Jesus As the Bread of Life

Throughout the New Testament, references to bread take on a parallel to Christ himself. Jesus is born in Bethlehem, (translated “House of Bread”). Jesus is laid in a manger, a feeding trough for animals.

Jesus even refers to himself as the “Bread of Life” in the Gospel of John, and He tells us that unless we “eat His flesh and drink His blood, we shall not have life within us.”

So when Jesus refers to himself in this way, and when we pray for “Our Daily Bread” in the Our Father, are these references an encouragement to consume grains?

I’d say that these references are not meant to be a nutritional directive, but rather to reveal important theological truths. As I mentioned above, there are many references of grain consumption during times of trial and famine.

Bread was consumed during fasting and times of trouble or sacrifice. These references are sprinkled throughout the Old Testament and would have been understood by the Jews during Jesus’ time.

Since Jesus became man to become a sacrifice for our sins, these parallels remind us of the sacrificial role Christ will take on.

Jesus also refers to himself as the “Lamb of God” in the Gospel of John, and these two titles taken together have a lot of meaning. As was foreshadowed in Old Testament Passover, the lamb was slain so that the angel of death would pass over God’s people.

Christ’s sacrifice, the last one needed, offers redemption as He dies for our sins.

Jesus celebrates the Last Supper with his disciples at the time  Passover would have traditionally have been celebrated by the Jewish people. The Last Supper takes place on the feast of unleavened bread, when the sacrificial lamb was typically consumed. Though, the lamb is noticeably absent from the Last Supper.

At the Last Supper, Jesus holds up the bread, saying, “This is my Body, which is given up for you.” At this central moment, Jesus links the two titles he has called himself, the “Bread of Life” and the “Lamb of God.” The “bread” becomes the “Lamb”, which is to become the sacrifice for all mankind.

The next day, Jesus is crucified and dies at the hour that the sacrificial lamb is usually killed during Passover. All these connections would have had deep meaning to the Jewish people who would have recognized their references in Scripture.

Jesus, as God incarnate, was both the “Bread of Life” sustaining His people in times of trouble and trial, and the “Lamb of God” that takes away the sins of the world.

The references connecting Jesus with “Bread” are very important to the message of His Sacrifice for us. They are not ever presented as a dietary guideline or a mandatory command to consume grains.

Just as vegetarians can avoid meat without worrying about not following the references to meat-eating in the Bible, a Christian can certainly avoid grains without worrying about not following a Biblical directive. Jesus drank wine and his first miracle was turning water into wine, though I’ve never seen anyone argue that it is wrong to avoid drinking because Jesus drank wine.

More importantly, as Christians, we believe that our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit and should be nourished and treated as such. (“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?  You are not your own;  you were bought at a price.  Therefore honor God with your body,” (1 Cor. 6:19-20)).

For this reason, it is worth considering for a Christian, if grains in their modern form should even be consumed for those trying to live as healthy as possible out of respect for a body made in the image and likeness of God.

In my opinion, grains certainly can be avoided, and often should be!

The Bottom Line

While there was perhaps a time in history when smaller amounts of grains, properly prepared, could be consumed without damaging the body, this is not the case today.

As mentioned above, grains today are much different than those of Biblical times. Many studies are now linking consumption of modern grains to inflammation, arterial plaque, joint problems, arthritis, infertility, PCOS, and many other conditions.

Celiac disease, gluten intolerance, Type II Diabetes, Heart Disease and Cancer are all on the rise. Even small children are showing signs of insulin resistance and obesity. As a whole, our society suffers from damaged metabolisms and impaired insulin function.

The modern diet, especially in the last half a century has created a society of largely overweight people with health problems. Almost half of all people will die of heart disease, and consumption of grains, especially in processed form, has been linked to heart disease. (For a funny and factual explanation of why, watch the movie Fat Head if you haven’t already!)

For those who still want to consume grains in Biblical fashion, I suggest finding one of the three original strains, taking special care to prepare them by sprouting, fermentation, or both, and eating them in moderate amounts along with a lot of veggies and meat.

For me, I don’t feel as well with any grain consumption, even correctly prepared, and the time needed for proper preparation just isn’t worth it. There are many other sources of nutrition that can be eaten in the whole form God gave us, without the need to process or even cook before eating.

Calorie for calorie, meats, fats and vegetables are much better (and more bio-available!) sources of nutrients, without the harmful anti-nutrient content.

For the small percentage of people who can tolerate grains without ill health effect, moderate grain consumption might be ok. The rest of us should consider the potential negative effects.

Many people will continue to eat grains, even in light of the emerging evidence, and this is certainly their right and prerogative. Heck, if a person wants to eat only Cheetos and Pepsi for the rest of his life (however short it may be!), that is his decision. My hope is just that Biblical references to grains won’t be used to justify eating processed flours and foods that are nothing like the actual grains of Biblical times.

What’s your opinion? How do you think Biblical teaching fits in to grain-free eating (or doesn’t fit)? Weigh in below!

[Note: I’ve seen several other bloggers bring up this issue as well and noticed hateful and belittling comments towards the bloggers and commenters who are also Christian. If you don’t believe in God or the Bible, this post is obviously not written to try to influence you, so please avoid any demeaning comments!]

Reader Comments

    • isabelle says

      i have been researching the topic for a while as i was confused-”mom says bread is bad,God says bread is good”’ and im very sad to have found out whole grains are as unhealthy as processed.im one of those lucky people who doesnt even like (other) junk food like donuts,pizza,hamburgers etc,I never liked white bread,but im disapointed cause i thought it can possible be harmful because everytime i eat whole wheat flatbread without yeast that i make myself or especially rye bread i feel amazing.same thing with greens..

  1. Lynn says

    Wow – very best explanation I’ve seen ever!! Thank you so much for this (and I just quickly scanned it). Can’t wait to break this down even further. So appreciate all you do.

  2. Joanna says

    Hi, I just wanted to let you know I really enjoyed this article. I have often wondered about this, and have a loaf of the “Old Testament” bread in my freezer. I will keep it for when bread and butter seems to be just the thing I want. You saved me some Biblical research with your explination. It warms my heart that you are a Christian. I just found your blog and have enjoyed reading it. Just pulled it up this morning to find a recipe and found this great post

  3. Joelle says

    Thank you! This is the best and most thoughtful article I have read on this subject. I so appreciate your explanations!

  4. says

    Katie, thanks for this explanation. I have been wondering about all this. It makes a lot of sense to me. Honestly, there are only two reasons we are still eating grains: time and money. With our family size, it’s been exremely hard to afford the grain-free lifestyle, and with homeschooling and caring for kids, trying to cook three meals a day has been pretty taxing as well. However, we have definitely seen the health benefits of going mostly grain-free and try to at least soak most of our grains. Looking forward to summer when veggies will be cheaper and we can grow some of our own. Thanks for all the great recipes and info.

    • Sean Lee Walthour says

      Why did KATIE mention that god created Poison plants, say they are NOT edible, and neglect to mention GENESIS 1:29, states CLEARLY , God says those poison plants ARE edible?? The problem isnt that KATIE knows not to eat them, its that God said SHE SHOULD LOL.. another loss for Yahweh the Deceiver(Ezekiel14:9)

        • Michael Pierce jr says

          True, but if you have lived with gluten disease for a while before realizing the problem. The afflicted person may have diverticulitis, which in this case you would stay away from seeds also.

      • Emily says

        I agree with BJS, seeds are different than grains, however if you still interpret it as grains, the modified/processed versions we have today were not what God had intended for us to consume.

      • Ruth says

        obviously taken out of context. Consider this was before sin entered. Read a little further to Genesis 3:18…..and then Genesis 4:4…enter animal sacrifice…..Not everything in the Bible is a hard and fast rule. Things change and God made provision as He deemed necessary.

  5. Norris says

    Thank you so much. This morning I was talking with a friend about Eziekel bread and Jesus being the Bread of Life and wondering if I was wrong not eating bread. I pretty much had come to the conclusion that we, as humans, are not evolving, which I don’t believe anyway, but devolving. There have been studied showing that what a mother ate prior to and during pregnancy effects the health of a child and since I know my mom was a person who ate bread and butter covered with sugar as a snack to me it wasn’t a surprise I’m diabetic! Lol but now I have a better explanation. The wheat devolved! Tho we could have too. Thanks again so much. I will be a regular reader! Karen

  6. Gram says

    Wellness Mama, So glad to know you’re a Christian!! Until recently I never thought too much about grains pro or con. As I stated after the 40 day fast, I do feel much better grain free. I do toast the commercial Ezekiel Bread to have with a cup of tea(comfort food) often. However, that is the most of my grain intake. I gave up pastas, etc. some time ago and consider them poison. Thank you for being there and a reasonable voice of advice on proper nutrition. I appreciate your input on Facebook, as well I visit your website from time to time for information and/or receipes. May God continue to give you wisdom and favor.

    • says

      Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find any actual sources that delve
      into this much. All of my biblical references come from the New
      American Bible, and most of my health references are either from
      scientific databases or articles (with sources) that I’ve compiled at
      http://wellnessmama.com/wellness-101. There are opinions all over the
      board on this issue, and many sources who argue that we should eat
      grains because of biblical references (though they typically
      discourage alcohol and meat- also both referenced in the Bible).
      I wish there were more compiled sources for this topic, but this
      article was largely my own health research combined with Biblical
      references. I would like to expand on this in the future in more
      detail though!

      • Dotty says

        I’m glad to read your post about how bread is seen or used in the Bible as well. There are other references to bread, too, as in Jesus breaking bread with his disciples.  It did seem to be an important part of their meals, though it was probably a different kind of bread than what we have today.  It has become common for people to grind their grain and bake their own bread today, at least in some homeschooling families.  I thought I was doing a good thing for our family, only to realize that this didn’t help our health much, though it was still better than eating a lot of processed junk from the store or a fast food restaurant.  We had things somewhat backwards, trying to save money by not buying much meat and eating lots of grains and potatos.  I’m now eating only the grains which are gluten free and low in phytic acid, and hope to stick with that.  I’m soaking them before cooking and eating lots of veggies and eggs, kefir, and pastured meat when we can get it. Thanks for your help in changing to a healthier way of eating.

      • Tony says

        .. small children in Third World have large belly whch is not sigh of being well fed but that’s from malnutrition resulting from being able to afford just bread/watter. Bread is not food per se, but just a ‘filler’ tie-over food an must be treated as such only. Real energy comes comes from regular food…

  7. Charlotte says

    This is one of the most interesting posts I’ve read all week. As a Christian, I’ll admit that I struggle with this aspect of grain-free advocacy. It’s not very popular to voice this opinion however so I never really got any satisfactory answers to it. This was wonderful! I found point #3 particularly interesting. Thank you so much for this!

  8. Missy says

    Very interesting topic. I do find it odd that so many people say “Well, they eat bread in the bible!” while choking down their pork chops & sea scallops. If people were really concerned about what the bible thought about diet, would they really be eating pork rinds? I think we too often use the word of God to justify what we WANT to do/say/eat, rather than aligning our actions with those of Jesus Christ.

    Thank you for writing this post. I, too, like the reference to the Fall (because there was to be no death in the garden, A & E weren’t even eating meat! Not that I advocate a vegetarian diet, but it is a beautiful illustration of God’s intent and reverence for life).

  9. Patti Spice says

    So happy to have stumbled upon your site. I am a “wellness” person and have been gluten free for over four years because I have Celiac Disease. I knew the Biblical grains were clean, gf, etc., but have been wishing for an article/information such as this for quite sometime. I have “shared” this on my fb page as I am affiliated with a “superstar” wellness company and have many affiliates and friends who will be interested in this article as well! Thank you for shedding some light where there is terrific darkness…grains!!

  10. Hannah says

    Wow, what a great post! I am so glad I stumbled onto your blog! This was by far one of the best biblical posts about the grain free way of life so many of us have chosen I think you did a wonderful job. I look forward to reading more on your blog, and i will definitely pass this post on to some family and friend of mine!

    • says

      Definitely an interesting passage. Unfortunately, we don’t get a
      solid description of what the “royal food” was. It could likely have
      been foods rich in honey, whole grains and beer to drink, as there is
      archeological proof that these foods were consumed in babylon at the
      time. I’ve heard this used to justify a vegetarian diet, and while it
      definitely suggest vegetables should be eaten (and I agree) it
      doesn’t say that Daniel and his companions ate grains. A ten day
      water and veggie fast can be very cleansing, so its logical that they
      looked healthier after 10 days. My guess would be that some of the
      royal foods that were offered were foods considered unclean according
      to levitical law, which is the reason Daniel didn’t want to eat them.
      Interesting passage to consider though.. thanks for commenting!

  11. says

    From an old school altar boy I appreciate when someone puts together such a wealth of information. A nod to Marksdailyapple.com for getting me here. I’ve sent this link to a lot of my wife’s friends. I believe today one of the seven deadly sins should be…glutenny. Thanks again

  12. says

    Sorry I’m late to the party. I came here from Jen Fulweiler’s Conversion Diary blog. I agree with the nutritional ideas that you describe in this article, but I don’t think I agree with some of your Biblical assumptions. I wrote an essay explaining what I think in my own blog. Please excuse me, I love your website, but I just didn’t agree with some of the things you wrote here.

    • says

      Thanks for reading and for taking the time to answer in such depth!
      I’m always glad to hear other opinions, especially ones that are so
      well thought out as yours.

      I actually agree with you on a lot of your points. Certainly, the
      Bible was written during an agricultural time, and references to
      grains sprinkle both the mentions of food people ate, and the
      parables used by Christ. Logically, if grains were a common food
      (though I still maintain not an optimal one :-) these references
      would have been familiar to the people.

      For the reference to seed bearing plants in Genesis, I can definitely
      see either interpretation being correct. By including this passage, I
      was mainly attempting to highlight that there was no explicit mention
      of grain consumption until after the fall, at which time God told
      Adam that he would have to till the soil by the sweat of his brow.
      I’d certainly love to know for sure if grains were eaten and in what
      form before the fall, but my opinion would be that if they were eaten
      before the fall, it would have been in extremely small amounts, since
      they had not yet been given the command to till the soil and
      cultivate them yet. Also, wild growing varieties of grains would have
      given very little actual seed and required much work to harvest, so
      it would seem logical that Adam and Eve would have opted for easier
      forms of nourishment that didn’t require so much work to harvest
      (fruits, nuts, vegetables, etc). You make an interesting point
      though… I wish we could know for sure!

      Great point on #6. I agree completely that this passage isn’t meant
      to endorse a vegetarian diet, but is referencing their faithfulness
      to their covenant with God. You explain it very well!

      The topic of primitive societies is definitely an interesting one,
      and one I’m hoping to get more in depth with at some point. I’d agree
      that many societies have eaten grains of some form, for at least the
      last couple thousand years, but as with the difference in Biblical
      grains, I would assume that the grains eaten thousands of years ago
      wouldn’t necessarily resemble the grains being consumed today.

      So in general, it sounds like we agree that:
      -Even though grain consumption was common in the Bible, the grains
      were different than our modified versions today, and just because
      something was done commonly in Biblical times, this does not
      necessarily mean it should be our nutritional prescription today.
      -Jesus never commands consumptions of grains, for health reasons or
      for salvation.
      -At least in the New Testament, many references to grains serve not
      only as a reference of food eaten at that time, but as a parallel to
      Christ who is our sustenance, our “daily bread,” though this
      reference makes sense because they did consume bread at this point

      Anyway, thanks for taking the time to read and analyze so thoroughly!
      I can definitely see the logic in your points. I’m also enjoying
      browsing your blog! Have a great weekend :-)

      • Anne says

        I appreciate this article, and it’s something I have been researchng and trying to make sense of. But, as a Catholic yourself, I’m presuming that you do believe that Jesus commands us eat bread, as do I. We receive it every Sunday. Why would He choose to come to us in the form of something that a) wasn’t an important part of their/our life, and b) something harmful? Perhaps, as you said, the bread they had then isn’t like the bread we have now, but I have a hard time accepting that wheat was not a very important staple back then, and that Jesus wasn’t literally calling Himself the bread of life.

        At any rate, I greatly appreciate your bog.

  13. Pat says

    I’m trying to eat a grain-free diet.  It is difficult though.  Grains do not make me feel sick in any way.  Does that mean that they are not harmful to me?  However, I have noticed that after a week of no gluten, my knees don’t ache and after two weeks, my face looks slimmer.  So, is it the gluten or perhaps the sugar in the gluten-filled food that makes the difference?

    • says

      There are a lot of links between grains and inflammation, and some
      doctors who suspect that the autoimmune connection with grains might
      be the cause of a lot of joint pain, arthritis, etc. The sugar could
      come into play also, but even the grains themselves create a
      substantial insulin reaction in the body, so after a couple of weeks
      without them, the body would start to become more insulin sensitive,
      and drop water weight.
      There is certainly increasing evidence that even for those who don’t
      have any gastro symptoms, grains can be harmful.

    • says

      There are a lot of links between grains and inflammation, and some
      doctors who suspect that the autoimmune connection with grains might
      be the cause of a lot of joint pain, arthritis, etc. The sugar could
      come into play also, but even the grains themselves create a
      substantial insulin reaction in the body, so after a couple of weeks
      without them, the body would start to become more insulin sensitive,
      and drop water weight.
      There is certainly increasing evidence that even for those who don’t
      have any gastro symptoms, grains can be harmful.

  14. says

    Well done, Wellness Mama! Best article yet in defense of biblical grains versus modern grains! I gave up eating white sugar and grains that aren’t soaked or fermented a year ago and lost 28 lbs so far, no more joint pain or stiffness and my skin looks great! I am 58 and have never been healthier! Thank you again for such a great post!

  15. Lois Thorpe says

    It seems that you should be careful to make a stronger distinction between processed grains and whole grains. I live as an expat in a place where whole grains are regularly consumed and I eat much, much healthier here than in the US (and I eat fairly healthy in the US). And I feel great.

  16. Kristina says

    Wow, you answered so many questions and brought to mind so much more! Thank you for writing this!

  17. Chub says

    This is simply the best thing I’ve read in such a long time.  Though I’ve never even thought to compare not eating grains to anything biblical I love that you took the time to do all that research.  It’ll come in handy if I get challenge by a crazy grain eating Christian at church :P

  18. Terri says

    When eating grain-free, do you skip the communion of the Lord’s table? Our church serves wine with communion and even those who do not partake of alcohol DO take the small amount served at the Lord’s table. I am just curious what others do, no need to respond if it’s too personal. Thanks.

    • says

      I receive communion, though if I were ever diagnosed with Celiac
      disease or other allergic condition, I would just receive the
      precious blood, and not the bread.

      • Theresa says

        I am very fortunate to belong to a church that allows me to bring my own gluten free bread/cracker. Pastor Michael blesses it as I hold it to avoid cross contamination. Some churches are not as understanding. If this were the case or when I don’t have my own I also receive the blood and not the bread.  When I first went grain free I would partake of both and deal with feeling bad for awhile but the longer I have been grain free the more severe my reaction to “glutening” has become. Effects usually last for a good 3 weeks now so I’m afraid a weekly exposure would be accumulative. 

        • Joelle says

          We have so many people in our church that are wheat or gluten sensitive and intolerant, we serve a GF version.  Amazingly enough, our church is rather small compared to most.   I live in a rural community, so to have this many people have a problem is crazy, and we joke that this is contagious = )

  19. Jera Bisar says

    Thanks for your explanation of the different types of grains from then to now. I agree the grains we have today (and actually all the food we have today) are not the way God intended them to be. We have pretty much drained all nutrition from the food and soil. I don’t agree that they didn’t consume grains regularly in Bible times though. Even Jesus walked through a field and ate the wheat directly off the stalk. He didn’t soak it first or anything. Perhaps we should focus on what God specifically said not to eat. Like Pork, animal fat, shellfish, etc. 

    • says

      Those things “pork, animal fat and shellfish” were prohibited by old testament Levitical law, which Christians are no longer bound by as they new covenant through Christ overruled it.

      • Joelle says

        I’m still not so keen on the pork, animal fat and shellfish.  I use pork on ocassion, but the others just don’t make me feel so great. Not to mention, the thought of what are contained in these things (even the pork unless I know what it has been feed) – to me – are just gross.    = P  This is great article and I would love to learn more about this!   I was attempting a raw food diet, and it wasn’t jiving with what my beliefs were, but it raised so many questions about how we came to eat the foods we do – including blubs and tubers.  And where I have been reading so much (and my own experience) with grains, I really wondered how they fit in biblically.  Thanks for the insight!

      • Monica says

        I know it’s hard for Christian’s to consider follwing the Biblical guidelines for eating, but if people could put aside firmly held doctrines and look at the issue scientifically, they would be better able to see the benefits in keeping a Biblically Kosher Diet-no scavengers, no animal fat, if meat is eaten, the animals themselves are vegetarians. Try not to think “Law” but rather instructions-that’s really what the word “Torah” means, it’s about teaching, guiding, instructing, because the Creator knows best.

        • Kim says

          I would like to echo this thought and whole heartedly agree. The is no evidence in the Bible that God changed His mind about eating unclean things. The best thing we can do as Christians, is erase the dividing line between the Old and New Testament. Roughly 90% of the NT is the OT. This tends to disrupts people’s theology, and I live in the South where pork is “sacred.” If we look instead through the lens of covenant, it brings a new perspective on eating the unclean. All throughout scripture, God is vying for His people and they are having to choose between Him and other gods. Those that served other gods quite often ate those things that are unclean. So God used food as a symbol of what god you serve. When the temple was taken over, what did they sacrifice to their gods that the Bible said desecrated it? A pig. After Christ came, He said we are the temple. We are made with the very essence of God himself – made in His image. If He said the unclean was bad in the Torah, then I don’t think He changed his mind in the NT. He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. And science and the Jews that have kept the Torah can testify to the health benefits of not eating the unclean. I agree – we often view the Bible as what can we get away with, instead of a love letter from God on how we can live an abundant and fruitful life for the Kingdom, all along living in intimacy with our Creator who know us best. I appreciate you taking on this topic as it is a difficult and sensitive one! And I too appreciate that you are a Believer searching for Truth.

  20. Afni says

    A great exposition of the law can be found in James Dunn book – The theology of Paul the apostle. the law became the law of the spirit on fleshly tablets of the heart. Also know that wine has the same greek word as grape juice(the good wine) in the new testament. And the verse that says all foods sanctified by the word of God — (sanctified means set apart) – is a reference to all the kosher foods set apart by the word of God). Pork has never been set apart by the word of God, so eat kosher. And by the way great info’. The seventh day adventists can help you on these topics also, their theology is based on kosher and brings many things to light in addition to james dun’s book.  james.a.duke leading worlds herbalist (author of dukes medicinal plants of the bible) may shed more light on grains for you as well as amazon.com

  21. bozini says

    So I guess you don’t think much of Dr. Caldwell Esseyltyn, John McDougalls plant based diet that has whole grains as a staple. They’ve done the studies on how a low fat and no meat diet has REVERSED heart disease. You stress eat plenty of vegetables and meat? Nothing is wrong with the vegetables. Meat eaten in moderation is ok — grass fed beef, chicken, and wild fish. So if I eat a bowl of old fashioned or steel cut oats with fruit for breakfast, have brown rice and veggies for lunch, and for dinner — maybe some millet and beans with a salad. So I guess that diet just might clog my arteries? I would have been better off having some meat for the morning, some meat at lunch, some meat at night with a whole lot of veggies and fruit in between and I’ll be okay? Read Dr. McDougall and Esseyltns books and see what the studies have proven.

    • says

      I have read those books and they truly are not backed by science but rather by strong opinions and flimsy scientific references. Low fat and no fat is ok once and a while for a short time, as is complete fasting (which I prefer, and which is also low-fat/no-fat btw). If
      you eat a bowl of oats for breakfast, brown rice for lunch and
      veggies and millet for dinner you are going to have quite a jacked insulin response, not to mention a big dose of phytic acid to help erode your bones. Yes, a low fat diet full of lots of vegetables can reduce some of the risk factors for heart disease (though it might), but so can a high fat diet without excess carbs and grains. Your vegetarian diet may not clog your arteries, but it can cause weight gain, put you at risk for diabetes and lead to hormone imbalance (since fats are necessary for hormone production). And, yes, you
      would be better off eating meat and only meat at all three meals, or even meat with veggies, or even pure Lard (read Good Calories, Bad Calories for this explanation). I wouldn’t include “a whole bunch of fruit” though, because there is that big dose of sugar again.
      I have read the books you recommend, I suggest Protein Power by the Drs Eades, everything by Gary Taubes, watching the movie Fat Head and then getting back to me. Bad science has “proven” what you are promoting, but the true evidence doesn’t back it up. Maybe also check out The Vegetarian Myth and Denise Minger’s blog while you are at it!

      • shav says

        wonderful article. You answered all of the questions that I have had about the new trends in diet, what I’ve found out about my own body (I feel better without grains), and how I as a Christian should approach the ‘Bread of Life’ argument. Thanks!!

  22. Cervantes says

    Loved this!!!  It confirms everything we’ve been feeling.  And whenever I get an urge to eat bread, I remember that Jesus is my bread of Life

  23. Rosee Frugal says

    Thank you!  This really answered some questions about going grain free that have been nagging me for a long time.  Great blog.  Can’t wait for the feeds!

  24. says

    Your post was just was I was looking for.  I too was really struggling with the Biblical perspective on “bread”, “manna”, etc. and you broke it all down so eloquently and logically.  Thanks for doing the research and presenting it back to your readers so thoroughly.  On that note, I’ll continue to abstain from the grain with a clear conscious.  Thank you!

  25. Monica says

    Hey, nice blog! It’s late so I don’t have time to read all the comments, but I wanted to say you made some great points, however I’d like to encourage you to revisit a couple of things. You said it would be harmful for humans to eat grains uncooked, however Yeshua (Jesus) and his disciples are critized for walking through a field of grains on the Sabbath as the disciples were plucking the grain and eating it, so it does not appear that it was harmful to them. Also, Ezekiel had to prepare that bread mixture for himself, not the people, as he was demonstrating what was coming for Israel (hunger, rations, etc). It is likely that particular mixture was used as it was very healthy and nutritious and he was not allowed to eat anything else during that time. You are right about the coarseness of the grain being much different, and I found a verse that mentions “you wouldn’t grind your grain down to a powder” so that tells me the grains we do eat should be a much coarser grind, like you were saying, stone ground, not like what we have today.  Again, good job, but check out those points!

  26. DSR says

    you use several of the Bible verses out of context and you ignore several others that would contradict your point (as Schooldaze mentioned). Typical example of eisegesis instead of exegesis. Ex.: the 1 Cor passage to honor God with our body is in the context of sexual immorality, not food. You also need to brush up of Biblical cultural background knowledge. What you mentioned about the grains of biblical time being different from today’s grains can be applied to ALL vegetables, fruits, and meat today. In a word, you really did not convince me. I respect your personal conviction about grains but please, do respect the Bible for what it truly says, not what you want it to say.

    • says

      Yes, all foods are slightly different in that they have cross pollinated and created hybrids, however, some, like wheat, corn, etc have been specifically modified in labs or selectively bred to have very high gluten or lectin content because this makes them more favorable for baking. They are also processed much differently: ground into very fine flour and bleached instead of sprouted, soaked and fermented. From a nutritional perspective, there is nothing present in grains that can’t be obtained in higher amounts from other foods, and truly no dietary need for grains. The passages I listed and the historical context I talked about can definitely be applied to the decision to eat grains or not. It was not my intent to convince everyone who reads this that the Bible specifically forbids eating grains (obviously it doesn’t) but rather to show that the Bible does not in fact command the eating of grains in these passages, as many Christians assume. I get a lot of emails from people who don’t want to eat grains and feel better without them but wonder if they should still eat them from a Biblical perspective. My point was to help those people understand that the Bible does not require eating grains, and that even if it did, the ones talked about in the Bible wouldn’t be available today. If you don’t personally want to consume grains, I completely respect that decision, but in my experience, many people see health improvements from removing grains from their diet, and my blog is meant to serve as a support system for those who choose this way of eating.

    • Tanya says

       But what the bible truly says is how an individual/group interprets it – that’s why there are so many different religions all based on the bible… are the Amish right, the Catholics, Protestants, Latter Day Saints an on and on and on…………… so really it kind of IS what you want it to say depending on WHO you are.

      • Tracey de Silva says

        It is confusing . I just don’t know . There are different belief systems in all of the different churches , different interpretations of the Bible . Also different cultural views on food as well . Does a person who is Italian process the gluten in their diet better than a Asian ? Does a persons culture have any bearing on what they should eat . I have read for and against arguments for both side of the argument . I can see merits for and against eating grain . I do believe that we eat far too much grain products as a society in general . I wonder as well if we exercised like we should , if grains in our diet would be as much of a problem . Most people in the biblical times worked very hard and got lots of physical exercise . We live in a very lazy society today and a lot of us work behind desks . We have cars to save us walking, white goods to make our chores easier and Tv’s and computers to entertain us . I am very interested in looking into different ideas on the subject though and I thank you for your interesting read . I believe I need to do more research on the subject before I make any decisions .

  27. Kendra says

    This is an excellent post and I thank you for your time and effort to post it. I have often wondered/struggled with this exact issue and you’ve answered several of my questions! 

  28. Levi says

    Actually the bible days breads strengthens a mans heart, so it does says its healthy and subsequentally
    bread Is healthy for the heart. The bible says not to mingle seed which we have done to make modern wheat. Just get yourself some einkorn flour and make your own breaded goods. Read wheat belly… Einkorn doesnt have the other neurological effects of modern grains.

  29. Rachel says

    ABSOLUTELY wonderful!!! i enjoyed all of it but i disagree with the wine part (if I may without offense) – old testament drinking was allowed with jesus bc he hadnt given himself up yet and still under old law til the cross (titus explains sober minds further i believe)….but other than that I am so happy about this  article i could kiss you :) just kidding. I am new to the whole “whole grains unnecessary” world and needed to investigate – this is articulate and includes biblical references which i always love! well done!
    Rejoines_931

  30. Lana says

    I think anything Jesus ate with his people especially the APOSTLES IS GOOD PERIOD He would never cause any type of harm through food or anything else  to them or his own body. Just common sense. We can’t even imagine that kind of love. Whether eatin in hard times or not. Ezekiel  you quoted  4:12 is a symbolic action, warning prophecy against unfaithful Judah & Jerusalem. But yes todays food is so poisoned w/pesticides etc. Mainly, I believe 1 reason so many probs (allergies,celiac) that we don’t eat wheat in moderation since gov subsidizes wheat & corn it’s in everything  we eat sadly.

    • says

      It’s not that grain (the kind they had then, not our wheat today) is inherently bad but bad for US. Why? Because our lifestyles, coupled with a diet inappropriate for that lifestyle, have wrecked most of our metabolic processes. Our diets have been about overeating of foods that are made for movement, without the movement. The vast majority of us here, (since people here have access to a computer we’re not likely living hand to mouth), don’t work near as hard as our ancestors, even just a couple generations back in some instances. Carbs are about putting on weight or keeping up condition in the face of working hard. Grains are a very powerful carb. Most people don’t work hard enough now to need grain’s fattening power. There are many different kinds of food for a reason. Different foods are good for different things. In most of our modern lives, grain is an inappropriate food. However, it was not when Christ was on earth. People lived differently, and the grain was different as well.

  31. jessicadh says

    I found you because I googled “grain free” and Bible. I have been thinking more and more about going Paleo or at least Primal, but both of those theories are thoroughly ensconced in the evolutionary model, which of course, I don’t agree with.  I keep saying to myself, Adam’s son was a grain farmer (as is my husband, also cattle) so He would have made different choices if we weren’t meant to have grain right? It’s a tough topic.  I have seen a lot of people see a lot of benefit from going grain free…of course it’s just a hard decision (and a lot of work). I really appreciated your information.

    • Madre says

      Every meal in the bible consisted of bread. Made with grains. Every one. Read your bible like it was intended, instead of like a web site terms of use agreement and you would know that for yourself. This person has no actual biblical knowledge and takes things out of context for her own purposes. She has no verifiable credential in nutrition Do not base your health or Christianity on her prejudiced opinions. Study. Be healthy and don’t depend on an imposter to keep your body and soul well.

  32. Tina Daum says

    Hello,
    I really got what you were saying about everything and also believe in the Fat Head theory.
    I would like to know what you would suggest to replace bread?

  33. frank says

    I disagree about “Healthy Fats” , we are supposed to eat saturated fats. Yes they are good for us if you are not eating grains to get your carbs from.  Our body burns fat that we eat and saturated fat is better for you than mono.  Butter, bacon, red meat, etc… they are all good to eat when you are not on grains.

  34. Ryan W says

    Great post!  And great comments too!  

    In the past few years I’ve been experimenting with ‘macrobiotics’ and the results have been incredible!  I was diagnosed with Asthma at the age of one, and I’ve also had frequent issues with allergies and eczema.  After modifying my regular diet, working toward following macrobiotic guidelines, and applying some ‘home remedies’, I no longer have issues with any of these things.  The interesting thing about it is that macrobiotics promotes a diet consisting primarily of whole grains.Check out “The Book of Macrobiotics,” by Michio Kushi.  It’s a very interesting read, and I’ve found it to be invaluable.  Grains evolved parallel to humans, just as fruits, nuts, and seeds evolved parallel to apes.  Organisms do not develop independently in this world – all life is co-dependent.  The ‘modern diet’ consists of far too many ‘dead’ and artificially produced foods, whereas most of all life feeds off of natural ‘living’ foods.  I agree that grains must be properly prepared (as with any food), and those which are highly processed or artificially derived are of little to no benefit.  However, I wouldn’t go so far as to rule out grains entirely.  Jesus always made reference to things on a number of levels by speaking in parables, however this does not mean that the literal meaning is not just as important as the symbolic.

    • Joelle says

      If Jesus symbolically referred to himself as the Bread of Life – it must be pretty important stuff.  I personally cannot have too much grain and definitely not wheat.  i use a little rice, but mostly I use millet, buckwheat, and quinoa – which I guess are technically not grains anyway.

  35. Rand says

    I’ve been wheat/gluten/yeast/starch free for almost 6 months and DO NOT MISS any of it! I have lost weight, do not have as many allergies, more energy, feel good! Eat much more healthily & closer to basics. Love it!

  36. Tiffany says

    I agree. Grains are a carbohydrate that can become food for fungi and molds when stored in dark, moist, warm places, like silos. Fungi, yeasts, and molds can penetrate the cell wall of any cell in the human body! They get into the mitochondria and alter how the cell functions. Essentially they can act as a virus! Their primary food source is carbohydrates, like grains. Their waste product is a form of sterol or cholesterol. Which would explain why all of the statin drugs that were formulated by drug companies were originally formulated to be anti-fungal drugs. But, when they saw as a side effect, they were lowering cholesterol, they decided to market them as cholesterol lowering drugs

  37. Benga says

    Wow,this is quite insightful and inspiring.God bless you and I pray that the work of God in your hands will advance the Kingdom of God and depopulate the kingdom of darkness in Jesus name.

  38. Lorraine says

    Well I’m pretty sure God isn’t thrilled with the fact thatwe  constantly kill animals, I think He’d rather we eat bread, anything but hurt all those animals

      • Cassandra says

        Have you not read the sections of leviticus that describe in detail how to sacrifice animals for nearly every sin committed? There is much slaughtering of animals and dripping and splattering their blood on the alter and on the people’s clothes, and burning the fat and other body parts upon the alter. It was all something that, if someone was found to be doing so nowadays in their backyard, would seem to be devil worship or witchcraft or some such.
        Here is just one of the sections I found that mention the blood sprinkling and fat and flesh burning, but there was more than just this section that included all that, there was even a part they sprinkled the blood on their clothes:
        Leviticus chapter 9:
        8 Aaron therefore went unto the altar, and slew the calf of the sin offering, which was for himself.
        9 And the sons of Aaron brought the blood unto him: and he dipped his finger in the blood, and put it upon the horns of the altar, and poured out the blood at the bottom of the altar:
        10 But the fat, and the kidneys, and the caul above the liver of the sin offering, he burnt upon the altar; as the Lord commanded Moses.
        11 And the flesh and the hide he burnt with fire without the camp.
        12 And he slew the burnt offering; and Aaron’s sons presented unto him the blood, which he sprinkled round about upon the altar.
        13 And they presented the burnt offering unto him, with the pieces thereof, and the head: and he burnt them upon the altar.
        14 And he did wash the inwards and the legs, and burnt them upon the burnt offering on the altar.
        15 And he brought the people’s offering, and took the goat, which was the sin offering for the people, and slew it, and offered it for sin, as the first.
        16 And he brought the burnt offering, and offered it according to the manner.
        17 And he brought the meat offering, and took an handful thereof, and burnt it upon the altar, beside the burnt sacrifice of the morning.
        18 He slew also the bullock and the ram for a sacrifice of peace offerings, which was for the people: and Aaron’s sons presented unto him the blood, which he sprinkled upon the altar round about,
        19 And the fat of the bullock and of the ram, the rump, and that which covereth the inwards, and the kidneys, and the caul above the liver:
        20 And they put the fat upon the breasts, and he burnt the fat upon the altar:
        21 And the breasts and the right shoulder Aaron waved for a wave offering before the Lord; as Moses commanded.
        22 And Aaron lifted up his hand toward the people, and blessed them, and came down from offering of the sin offering, and the burnt offering, and peace offerings.
        23 And Moses and Aaron went into the tabernacle of the congregation, and came out, and blessed the people: and the glory of the Lord appeared unto all the people.
        24 And there came a fire out from before the Lord, and consumed upon the altar the burnt offering and the fat: which when all the people saw, they shouted, and fell on their faces.

        • Cassandra says

          by the way, there are 5 animals they slaughter in this one part, a kid of a goat, a lamb, and a calf (all baby/young animals) and then also a bullock and a ram.

    • Tara says

      You do realize that the temple of God was a total animal bloodbath, by his own prescription?…..not to say that it isn’t sad when an animal dies, or that we shouldn’t be respectful of the animals we use for food, but God commanded his people to slaughter animals for him.

    • Missy says

      Based on what I read, God does love and care for all His creatures, but for mankind above all. If He required animal sacrifice as far back as Abel (and He himself sacrificed animals to cover Adam and Eve) it was because the nature of fallen humanity needed it, perhaps as a reminder of the high cost of sin. If he added meat to the food allowed to mankind as far back as Noah, it was because the nature of fallen humanity needed it, perhaps due to the destruction wrought by flood which was in turn due to the destruction wrought by man’s sin. One day we are promised a return to a (third) earth in which all animals are again vegetarian. But this is only after a destruction of this present earth by fire in response to the culmination of sin in the end times, the rejection of Christ’s reign on earth at the end of a thousand years. But in the meantime, what you choose to eat is up to you, as long as you temper in with your love of others and sensitivity to their consciences. (Romans 14:21)

  39. Dave W Palmer says

    Sad to hear that some will readily hurl insults at us but then persecution, demeaning comments and the berating of Christians has been that way since Christ came and did what He did for us. Here is a very historical representation of wheat and how is has been genetically modified into a gluten enriched dwarf plant with higher yields than the einkorn and emmer wheats of Christ’s time. I am reading a fantastic book by Dr. Willian Davis called “Wheat Belly” and he has done his homework and presents a fantatic book on issues that possibly could change the way we eat in the future. When I mentioned history earlier; Is it not amazing how any other written document from the past is taken almost verbatim as gospel?!?, that is exactly how it happened and is exactly what is taught as historic fact…yet, when it comes to the Bible, Holy Scriptures, the Gospels…as witnessed, recorded and written by not just one but several people who actually walked with, discussed and learned from Christ, isn’t it amazing how millions will not believe.
    Sad but factual and their final demise will be of their own making.
    Be well,
    Godspeed,
    Dave.

  40. Rhonda says

    Thank you so much for this information! I thought I was the only one who actually wondered about how grains could be bad when the bible clearly talks about grains for food. This makes so much sense. Thanks!

  41. Irene Butler says

    1 Timothy chapter 4 King James Version

    8 For bodily exercise profiteth
    little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of
    the life that now is, and of that which is to come.
    9 This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation.

    ….4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:5 For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.

    1 Now the
    Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart
    from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of
    devils; 2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;…..
    6 If thou
    put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good
    minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good
    doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained.

    God Bless

    • Missy says

      I would say, though, that modern grain is hardly the “creature of God” in once was but an organism so changed by human intervention in its breeding and selection as to be more like Frankenstein’s monster. If, as the author suggests, one wishes to consume grain the way God made it, one would have to limit oneself to the varieties that have been preserved relatively unchanged from thousands of years ago. We can see that the earth and it’s creatures have suffered from the “improvements” man has introduced since “the fall”.

      • says

        Creature is actually creation there. But if we take it to mean what this poster seems to be implying, then we could all live on a lb of sugar alone per day. I don’t think that will work well. All things God gave us are good, but that doesn’t mean they can be misused as we misuse grains today.

  42. Carlene Wilson says

    Thank you for this enlightening information as I am a christian and felt so bad passing up partaking in passover. This diet although is a healthier one (without grain) is not by complete wanting to but needing to in order to live longer as I have celiac. So if it is questioned why I pass on taking the cracker and I get looks I will use this article as a reference.
    Again thank you so much and God Bless!

    • says

      I still take the bread at Passover, it is a commandment from Christ. If you are celiac, talk with your pastor about making your own unleavened bread with non gluten grain or some of these older grains mentioned above. Perhaps you could even make the bread for everyone for the ceremony!

  43. Chris says

    Nothing was mentioned here about the processing of meat with hormones and antibiotics. ALL of the food we eat is processed way differently than in Biblical times. The problem is, we’d never eat anything if we knew the chemicals/additives put in each of them. It would be great to grow our own foods and raise your own animals, so we can ensure more purity of our foods but that is not feasible for everyone. One big issue today is our portion sizes and over indulgence of foods, particularly processed foods that are easy to over consume. Sometimes for emotional reasons. Obesity is on the rise and is a serious issue. I generally eat plant based foods with small amounts of lean animal products but it can often not be realistic to do every meal, every day. There are several scriptures I keep in mind related to eating but one good one is 1 Corinthians 10:31.

  44. says

    This is something I have been thinking about a lot lately, as I have found I cannot handle grains. I have lost 30 lbs in the last year from cutting back and eventually removing them from my diet. And I did not eat junk before that. I haven’t eaten HFCS or hydrogenated oils or artificial colors/flavors etc. in years, so it was not just that I got off processed foods and lost weight. It’s that I got off grains, all those healthy whole grains I used to love. Ahh oatmeal.. whole wheat bread with butter.. lots of butter and maybe some honey too…

    Anyhow! A couple other thoughts. Starches are about putting weight on or preventing weight loss in the face of a high work load. It’s why we feed them to livestock. So, in that respect, people living before modern times (and we live in a highly unique time) probably had use even need for them (in sane amounts) because they also worked much harder and needed the carbs to stay in condition. IOW, grain may be a good food, but not a fitting food for all lifestyles. It’s one of the many food options in the world that may be needed in some situations, but not for most Americans and “modernized” nations.

    Another thought. Have you read about the livestock these people kept? They had hoards of goats and sheep and cattle! I expect they ate a lot of meat and dairy. And the fatter the better.

    And lastly, just overeating carbs (in whatever forms) in our sedentary lifestyles (and even many of those who are “active” today are sedentary compared to past generations) has deranged many of our metabolisms so badly that even something that might have been healthy, is not something our body can handle anymore because it’s just plain damaged.

  45. JacquelineW says

    This was extremely helpful to me. I am thinking of transitioning to a more paleo-style diet, and while it seems to be extremely healthy to me, I often wondered about the oft-cited evolutionary basis for it. This was by far the best explanation I have found of the paleo diet from a Christian perspective. Thanks so much!

  46. says

    Very interesting article! I enjoyed it thoroughly. I have just switched to mostly grain-free with the exception of rice and am feeling much better since discovering I have gluten intolerance. In fact I cant even have a single crumb of flour without having a reaction.Although, I am Catholic and receive the Eucharist every Sunday and have never had a reaction to Jesus as the Bread. Just thought you might find that interesting. :-)

  47. Allie says

    I’m trying to find facts about the sprouting or fermenting of grains in the bible. Where did you find information that they did sprout or soak or fermented their grains in the bible? Thanks.

    • says

      I’ve found a lot of that by researching the agricultural and cooking practices of the time period for those regions. Also, many of the passages referring to leavened bread are referring to a fermenting process…

  48. says

    Loved this article! I’ve been digging into paleo for a couple months now and I’m in love. Something that would always be a little uncomfortable for me is that I don’t fully believe in the evolution of man as some hard core primal teachers suggest although I truly believe that paleo is the best way for us to live as shown by the countless studies I’ve researched and the common sense – eat real food, not rocket science. :) I’ve been able to justify the Biblical points the same that you’ve presented here (not same grains, prepared differently, etc) but I was just really encouraged to see a fellow Christian be able to do the same. I’ve even had conversations about faith started because they can’t believe that a Christian can be so science based, especially on the heels of a mostly evolutionary movement.

    I just wanted you to know that I really appreciate your site and what you are doing and as a young christian paleo it is very inspiring to me.

    Thanks!

  49. Pat says

    I am a new fan of your blog. It’s refreshing to find a perspective on food and wellness that doesn’t focus on body image simply to fit in with the rest of the “skinny” world. I like finally learning about what the Bible says about food from the context of the writer at the biblical time period which makes so much sense. Looking forward to reading more of your work.

  50. says

    We recently ditched grains, sugar and dairy from our diets based on some food allergies and advice from nutritionists. We also juice veggies and fruit daily, eat grass fed beef and free range eggs…it’s been a process over the past several years. It’s amazing how much better we feel. When you eat something unhealthy (or restaurant food) – you instantly know…..probably shouldn’t have eaten that! :((
    Just found your website….and made blueberry coconut flour pancakes this morning.
    So excited to try more recipes.
    Really like this article.
    Thanks for sharing!!!

  51. Devores says

    Thank you for your article. I have thought about the same issues, and come to some of the same conclusions you have.

    Let’s start with the truth: Jesus made all foods clean for Jews, and the Holy Spirit repeated that. But the Law of Moses, with all of its food restrictions, only EVER applied to Hebrews (and the only Hebrews left after the Babylonian Exile were the Jews). For all of us Gentiles, the only food law that applied after the Flood was the law given to Noah, and that was the diet of Eden: green seed-bearing plants and their fruit, plus milk (never specifically authorized, but Eve had breasts and Abel offered milk (not meat; the word translated “fat” in Genesls is actually the milk of ewes, which makes sense given that God didn’t give meat to eat until AFTER the Flood; also, Abel’s offering is that: a gift, a very different word from the word “sacrifice” that was offered later), plus all of the animals except for animal blood.

    What was noticeably lacking from the diet of Eden, besides meat and eggs, is any vegetables that are not fruit bearing. God said GREEN, SEED-BEARING plants. That would exclude mushrooms, sporangia (ferns that don’t bear fruit), and all seaweeds (they may be green, but produce neither fruit nor seeds and generally reproduce asexually).

    After the Flood, God added animals to what he had already given, so meat and eggs became licit. God never specifically made milk licit, but it can be assumed to have always been licit.

    Mushrooms, seaweeds and ferns are considered kosher by Jewish law, but perhaps they should not be, as they do not fit the terms that God set out for food. On the other hand, Jesus made ALL foods clean. (Of course, “clean” was a Jewish distinction, so in effect Jesus ended kosher. That doesn’t mean that things that were not given as food BECAME food. Truth is, the rule isn’t clear, but truth also is that Jesus said that whatever a man eats passes through him and out into the latrine, and he generally didn’t care about these things.)

    Note too that blood was prohibited to people after Noah, but Jesus commanded men to drink his blood, and said that the wine was his blood. Blood was saved as a food until Jesus, to make the point. Did Jesus make blood, such as blood sausage or blood puddings eaten in the far North, licit food? Probably. The Council of Jerusalem later said “No”, but they did so based on Jewish custom and abhorrence at the thought of eating blood.

    So, with Jesus, truth is we CAN eat anything, but we MUST eat, at least once, the “Body and Blood” of Christ in the form of the bread and wine of the eucharist. Jesus made eating THAT just as imperative as baptism. He said that the bread and wine were his body and blood, and that the man who does not eat it has no life in him.

    So, at least once in our life, we must be baptized and we must take the eucharist. These are non-optional commandments of God. Refuse to do either, and Jesus has said explicitly (and repetitively) that there is no life in you.

    Beyond that, though, thanks to Jesus and the revelation of the Holy Spirit to Peter, food for Christians is completely unlimited from a scriptural perspective. God doesn’t CARE what we eat.

    As far as bread goes, what God actually said to Adam after the Fall was that from now on he would get his bread by the sweat of his brow. That implies that Adam already knew what bread was (God didn’t explain it), which would mean that Adam and Eve not only ate bread, but had fire and cooked food in Eden. So much for the notion that a Raw Paleo diet is the diet of Eden. That’s clearly not true. Adam already knew what bread was; God didn’t explain it, he just said that from then on it would be harder to get, it would require work.

    Likewise, the consequences of the Fall are not necessarily that the world became full of poisonous plants. Remember, Adam was made somewhere, but then placed in Eden, God’s garden. In the GARDEN everything was good and wholesome to eat. After the Fall, Adam and Eve were expelled from the Garden. God never said that OUTSIDE of the Garden all of the plants could just be eaten. We should not assume that God didn’t create poison ivy and hemlock before the fall, only that noxious plants weren’t in the Garden for Adam and Eve to worry about. After the Fall, they were expelled from the Garden, and out in a world that probably already had poisonous plants in it. In other words, Genesis does NOT tell us that because of Adam, poisonous plants proliferated in the world. It only tells us that after the Fall, Adam and Eve were expelled from the Garden, and that because of the Fall, the ground was cursed for Adam and he’d have to work to get bread.

    You’re right about grains and other foods today being very different from what people ate back then.

    So, the Biblically mandated diet for Christians is: anything you want to eat or drink – everything is licit, including blood pudding, but it’s not all good for us. The only thing you MUST eat, at least once, is the body and blood of Christ, the bread and wine of the eucharist.

    The Bible still does tell us something, though. Between the Fall and the Flood, there were generations of men eating the Diet of Abel: green seed bearing plants and fruits, and sheep milk (at least), and bread of some sort. No eggs. No meat. And if read literally, no mushrooms, no seaweed and no sporangia.

    On that diet (which is actually very close to the diet of the Jains of India), some men lived for over 900 years. Of course, eating that diet doesn’t mean that a man will live 900 years, but all of the men who lived over 900 years ate that diet.

    And that’s an interesting thought.

    What is also interesting is the vegetable diet of Daniel and his companions in Babylon. They only ate vegetables. The Bible doesn’t mention milk (but then, it doesn’t mention it before, but it clearly was licit). If they didn’t at least drink milk, where did they get their Vitamin B-12? The answer would have to be either through insects inadvertently eating with the vegetable. or from the dirty water of that age, or through divine intervention.

    I wonder if it is possible to trust in God to provide Vitamin B-12 through the body and blood of Christ in the eucharist, and not have to otherwise supplement it or eat any animal products. If one takes the Bible absolutely literally and trusts God completely, the answer would have to be yes.

    Peter walked on water. With faith in the real God, all is possible.

  52. steve dogan says

    To me, the problem isn’t the grains in and of themselves, it’s the way man has to stick his fingers in everything declaring our technology to be better than nature! The grain is not the problem as much as the darn genetic altering, corn syrup, and all the other shhhhhhhugar (AHEM!) you can’t pronounce in food today without a pharmacy degree!

  53. Cathy says

    Very interesting article! Are all grains gm? Including oats and brown rice? What about what the bible says regarding unclean meats such as pork, and all scavinger fish? I enjoy your blog and I am glad you are a Christian!

  54. Michael Sullivan says

    I totally disagree with the article and being a Scientist myself, I feel that you based much of your arguments on bogus health science facts, rather than actual scientific reports. Sure, you have an argument when you are talking about the use of pesticides and chemical agents, but your argument on hybrid plants is totally misguided. Hybrid plants are created simply by cross-breeding two plants to achieve the desired mix of the two. There is no cell or atom splitting or some advanced science involved. Scientific hybridization of plants has been done for ages in both plants and animals. In fact, most of the fruits and vegetables you eat today and probably a hybrid breed. This cross-breeding occurs in nature, but at a much slower pace. Naturally, disease, molds, pests, etc… will strike a certain plant and will eventually leave only the cross-breed plants, allowing it to flourish. Scientific hybridization of plants only speeds that process, so that humans dont lose their food supply. Secondly, there has never been any scientific coorelation between grains and the development of diabetes.Actually, it has been shown in scientific studies that consuming whole grains may actually reduce the risk of diabetes. The fact that grains produce an insulin response by the body (a natural response to eating I remind you) does not mean that it causes diabetes. Should a diabetic limit their grains? Yes! But that is because their body is insulin resistant and no longer capable of metabolizing the sugar in the blood, not because it is the root cause of their disease.

  55. Heather says

    Excellent post! I’ve been wanting to research and compare the information on biblical grains and modern grains. This has helped a lot! And it makes total sense.

  56. Jamie says

    Seems to me you can satisfy both arguments and eat from the best of both worlds by eating the grains, fermented. One side says, “we’re supposed to eat them”, and we are. There is scripture that is specific, so specific it actually says “wheat”. D&C 89. The other side says, “well if we were going to eat it, it should only be primitive wheat, organically grown, in small amounts, prepared properly”. And that would also be true. So…….what’s the problem? Eat the primitive grains that are grown organically, prepared properly, in small amounts, and……wow! Everybody wins. It’s not too hard. It’s actually not time consuming. I would say that the “time needed for proper preparation” is minimal and IS worth it. I’ll go as far as wondering what it is you will be eating when the only thing around to eat is wheat and your system can’t tolerate it. It will happen, it has repeatedly happened through history (you said it yourself, and it saved their lives). If you are going to counsel others on diet, you take the risk of leading them astray. I plead with you to give fermented grains an honest try, and not the “I don’t feel as well with them even when prepared properly” try. Try “The Art of Baking with Natural Yeast” for a start. I have no connection to the book, except that I went on the same journey and read the same books you did – all the camps, all the studies, and asked myself and God all the questions…. and got some answers. When I went looking for help on how to get started, I found this book and it’s helped me get going with some natural yeast starts. Once you neutralize the anti-nutrients and blood sugar spikes, in fact the way your body even responds to the sugars….. I guess all you have is nutrients and the fact that you followed some good advice. Nothing wrong with that. Take a look, you owe it to yourself and anyone listening to you.

  57. Irene Tiger says

    I’m Jewish, but I no less found this article really interesting! I’m also grain free, and considering that modern grains are so yucky and toxic in comparison to the grains that were consumed in Biblical times. And, when you think about it, there’s nothing created by God about the created-in-a-lab varieties of grains eaten today.

    • Dusty says

      ark is made of wood and surrounded by water …… besides, the end of genesis 6 shows what is food for noah and his family and the animals ….the end of genesis 6 is no different than genesis 1:29-30——cheers

  58. Beth Farwell says

    I’m a new convert to the Paleo diet and a Christian, and when I told my parents I was going Paleo, the first thing my dad (a Catholic Deacon) said was, “But God made grains for us to eat.” I thought, how can I arge with God? But your article makes perfect sense and makes me feel a little more at ease after my dad’s well-meaning comment. Thank you!

  59. Annette Reeder says

    Can you please tell me where you researched this topic? I have not found anyone to have written about this topic from your point of view and attached the research they studied. I would love to see how you came to your conclusions. Thank you very much I would really like to know the background on the science.

  60. Arlo says

    Thank you for this. I do think grains are conveniently vilified though, mostly because of their power and importance in our diet, and how their supply is twisted by huge corporations. God didn’t say “and though shalt eat poison ivy the stretch of your days” for a reason and said grain instead. I don’t take this literally to mean only the grains of then, any more than I take “reading the scriptures” to mean only those ancient Jewish scrolls. I think it just means grains were the basis of a healthy diet back then, and because there are so many choices, many of them polluted by corporations to the genome, it still doesn’t support a mandate to be grain free or turn around the bible verses on it completely to mean the exact opposite, because grain has changed to avoid it completely. That would be like saying don’t read the bible at all because a new testament was added or there are so many choices on which books to consider true scripture. The different perversions or interpretation of what’s called the bible does not advocate avoiding scripture entirely…

  61. Alicia says

    Great insight and coverage of such a debated question. You go way above and beyond explaining the difference of bread in biblical times. Kudos to you and thanks!!

  62. Dawn says

    Thank you for sharing. Your dad shared your blog with me & has been a great inspiration. This is a great article and I am going to share with others.

  63. Anni says

    I recently found your website and stumbled upon this post. What wonderful insight into the Biblical meaning of ‘Bread of Life’. Thank you for combining two of my favorite topics, Paleo and Christianity, so eloquently. I am really looking forward to exploring you blog.

  64. David Shedlock says

    Nothing is the same as it was in the days Scripture was written, so I guess we can’t eat anything they ate back then.

  65. raquel says

    Thanks so much for all the research! My husband has RA so we are now trying a grain free diet, but at the back of my mind I kept wondering if we should be eating them since they are mentioned in the Bible. Also, most grain free sites refer to “cavemen”, which always bothered me since I don’t believe in evolution. Great job!

  66. Linda says

    Abraham had bread made with fine flour prepared for God and the angels during the Sodom and Gomorrah episode, and it was eaten. While today’s grains are not the same..einkorn has 14 chromosones, modern wheat has 40+, to try to say that bread eating is mainly shown in negative conditions in the bible is disputed by the meal prepared by Abraham for God.

  67. Sean Lee Walthour says

    Ill keep it simple, the BIBLE SAYS “ALL SEED BEARING plants ARE EDIBLE” meaning we SHOULD BE ABLE to EAT things like POISON IVY,OAK,ETC.(Genesis 1:29) i would love to hear the explanation for God telling His people this lie..
    Btw, YAHWEH says himself HE IS A DECEIVER (Ezekiel14:9) so i guess yall wont gimme an answer anyway. Oh well, Shalama Alakhom…

  68. Sean Lee Walthour says

    I wonder WHY the author mentioned POISON IVY not being EDIBLE, While conveniently ignoring the fact YAHWEH IN THE BIBLE, says tho POISON PLANTS ARE EDIBLE.. Way to praise a book n deny it at the same time. SHALAMA ALAKHOM

  69. Joy Cantrell says

    After reading this article the first thing I thought about was Sue Becker, owner of Bread Beckers in Atlanta, GA who is a Christian and speaks all over the US. I didn’t see in this article any mention of FRESHLY MILLED bread and the many benefits from freshly milling your own organic grain. I would like to recommend before you completely eliminate whole grains that you do some research. Sue Becker has a degree in Food Science and has been researching this for many, many years, not to mention she does give a biblical perspective as well due to her love for God.

  70. Dusty says

    i will agree with you on the fact the grains is not like the grains of old …and fermentation and sprouting can reduce the harmful substances …and unleavened is much healthier than leavened which this time of year also gives one time to cleanse the body from such harmful substances ….. however it is the meat issue that alarms me …. the bible says we are not to eat no manner of blood ….and cooked blood is still blood according to many many certified culinary arts chefs …..if the most high does not change his mind or his ways as stated at least 3 prominent times from prophets who spoke for him well after the fall ….. i would say the real diet is the one from the beginning( genesis 1 ) and things were added to the word ( and subtracted ) … to fulfill the bloodlusts and cravings of flesh ….. yes it is true in the wilderness the israelites craved and lusted for flesh to eat and cried out …. ( why not eat the animals they left egypt with ) ……and yes the most high gave in to their lusts …. but read carefully in numbers chapter 11 …. the most high gave them quail to eat and all those who ate the flesh DIED and those who didn;t LIVED ….. the place was called graves of lust named after those who lusted for flesh to eat ;) ( other than that …. great article thumbs up to the writer )

  71. Markay Ebejer says

    Thank you so much for this information! I knew there had to be more to the story of grains. I would also like to add that the Egyptians had horrible tooth decay, probably related to the overconsumption of grains.

    • Gary says

      I think the problem with tooth decay was not so much the diet but more likely the lack of toothpaste, toothbrushes and floss.

  72. Chrissa Reed says

    Thanks so much Katie for your well thought out and researched article. I find I feel much better on a grain free diet but have often subconsciously wondered if I was acting against biblical principles in doing so. It now seems crazy that I was so worried!!

    Thanks again :)

  73. Circa says

    “acting against biblical principles”..pfft…What is crazy Chrissa is that you think there is this super being living in the sky who is concerned about what food you eat..not to mention everyone’s sex life…lol..”If you could reason with religious people there would be no religious people”

  74. Rikki Ferrier says

    Wow this is super awesome! I truly appreciate your input! I think there is so much validity and credibility to what you’re saying! From another perspective though, as you mentioned above, grains were consumed in mass quantities in times of hardship etc. and the meat was consumed in celebration. So, with that being said, I feel I make a different conclusion with those statements? I could totally be wrong, but just wanting to offer a different viewpoint :) But I believe that those facts lead me to the thoughts that grains are able to sustain us nutritionally. We’re able to eat those and receive what we need to live when there’s nothing else. And the fact that they ate red meat in celebration as opposed to every day, I feel that shows that it should be more of a treat and eaten less than grains or fish? But you’re totally right about the QUALITY of grains today. “Whole wheat” is far from whole. That’s totally true haha. So I’m with you there! But if you eat grains that only have ONE ingredient (the grain itself, ie, rice, barley, spelt, quinoa, etc) then I feel you should totally be fine. As long as they’re minimally processed, organic, no bleach and junk. I’m a Certified Holistic Health Practitioner (health coach) and that’s just my opinion. New health discoveries are always being found and tested and etc so my opinion is just that, my view based no what I’ve learned, experienced, witnessed, etc. But also all bodies respond to different diets uniquely. Our ethnicity, blood type, lifestyle, etc all effects our response to certain foods. So… to reiterate, just a different perspective :) Not trying to discount your blog at all! :)

  75. Greg says

    Thank you for the article. I recently started the Bulletproof Diet, modified Paleo, and was wondering where the Bible stood on these points considering all the references to bread.

  76. Adam Kauffman says

    Thanks for the blog, and this post specifically. I’ve struggled with physical and mental health all of my 27 years. Doctors have done me no good. If anything, they’ve caused me harm, while their intentions may have been pure. I’ve found a good D.O., however, who has done thorough testing and discovered many ailments; he attempts to treat them naturally and holistically. I know, though, that for my body to really heal, I need to change my diet. You provide a lot of research findings for a Paleo (?) diet, but I’ve also read a lot of convincing research supporting other diets, such as low glycemic, vegetarian, and vegan. Specifically, I’ve read research against eating meat and lots of fat–and not from those that support traditional medicine’ take on diet. And what about “unclean” meat? I’m so confused. Please help. I just wan to be healthy.

  77. Jerome Bliss says

    Thanks! Glad to know about modern wheat. I thought the biblical break down of “hard ship wheat” was a little silly.

  78. Laura says

    This is a very weak argument for being grain free. I’m not advocating that grains are great for you, but this is a stretch to try to prove it biblically. Grains weren’t eaten until after the fall? Well, neither was meat. So is meat bad for us? Grains today aren’t processed the same way they were in Jesus’ time? No kidding. Neither is meat. Again, where is the “meat free” campaign (biblically)? Bread was not just eaten in times of hardship. It is referenced ALL OVER THE BIBLE. Since they ate it all the time, God even told them “hey, don’t put any yeast in your bread today. Just get out of dodge.” (My recap of Passover.) Or perhaps when Jesus broke the ACTUAL bread with his disciples. And to this quote: “Another obvious point to realize is that any reference to grain in Jesus’ time was a reference to an actual grain, in whole form or made into bread (that also wouldn’t resemble the stuff you get at the store!). Certainly, grains in Jesus’ time would not have been made into donuts, pretzels, chips, snack foods, cookies, etc.” Of course not. Jesus and his disciples didn’t have cell phones, or any other form of technology either, because it hadn’t been invented yet. It doesn’t mean its wrong or sinful. Although I will say it can lead to that ;) I’m sorry for my harsh tone. I’m not trying to offend, but if I have everyone and their mother telling me that eating grains is wrong and BAD, I need to see some concrete evidence (in the Bible) as to why. Thank you for trying to tackle this though. Tough subject.

  79. Laura says

    Harvesting wheat was an annual event (Gen. 30:14; Ex. 34:22; Judges 15:1; Ruth 1:22; 2:23; 1 Sam. 6:13; 12:17), when Israel would thresh wheat (Judges 6:11; 1 Chr. 21:20).
    A good wheat harvest and abundant bread was a sign of blessing (Ex. 23:25; Ps. 81:16; 147:14; Joel 2:24), while a poor wheat harvest was a sign of God’s curse (Jer. 12:13; Lam. 4:4; Joel 1:11).
    The Promised Land itself was celebrated as a land abundant in wheat and barley (Deut. 8:8).
    Wheat was a part of the regular commerce of ancient Israel (1 Kings 5:11; 2 Chr. 2:10; Amos 8:5-6), and bread was part of ordinary meals (Gen. 14:18; 25:34; 27:17; 37:25; 43:31; Ex. 16:3; 18:12).
    On one occasion God gave Ezekiel a recipe for bread, commanding him to eat bread made from wheat, barley, beans, lentils, millet, and emmer (Ez. 4:9).
    During Israel’s 40 years in the wilderness, they did not eat ordinary bread (Deut. 29:6), but instead ate manna from heaven, which was the “bread of angels” (Ex. 16:4,15,32; Ps. 78:25; 105:40).
    Wheat and bread were also a part of the religious life of Israel. A special bread called showbread was placed in the tabernacle at all times (Ex. 25:30; 35:13). Sheaves of wheat and baked bread were acceptable sacrifices to God (Ex. 29:2; Lev. 7:13; Num. 5:15; 1 Chr. 21:23; Ezek. 45:14).
    Passover specifically was a time when Israel was commanded to eat unleavened bread (Ex. 12:8). Following this the Feast of Unleavened Bread was celebrated for seven days (Ex. 13:6; 23:15; 34:18; Lev. 23:6; Deut. 16:3; Ezek. 45:21).
    Jesus also ate bread during his life. On two occasions, Jesus miraculously multiplied loaves of bread into enough to feed thousands (Matt. 14:19; 15:36; Mark 6:41; 8:6; Luke 9:16; John 6:11). He taught his disciples to pray, “Give us this day our daily bread” (Matt. 6:11; Luke 11:3). He ate bread with his disciples even after his resurrection (Luke 24:30; John 21:9). He used bread during the Last Supper to speak of his body (Matt. 26:26; Mark 14:22; Luke 22:19). He referred to himself as the “true bread” from heaven and “the bread of life” (John 6:32,48).

    • Melissa says

      In the story of Daniel he and his companions refused to eat the kings food:
      Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse to eat, and water to drink.
      (Pulse is mashed seeds and grains.) At the end of 10 days these boys were stronger and healthier than the kings servants. The Lord blessed them with knowledge and because of this they became councilors to the king.

  80. Teresa R says

    I’m overwhelmed by your great ability in writing and the obvious lengthy research you did. I especially liked how you showed JESUS as our sacrificial Lamb & how He was so perfectly lined up in time for the Jewish lamb sacrifice. There was one tho’t that came 2 me as I was reading this article,: tho’ we aren’t suffering like our brothers in other countries, who are being martyred for their faith, aren’t we still in a time of travail in many respects as we wait for Jesus return for us believers? This tho’t popped into my mind. I haven’t read all the above comments. Perhaps its been addressed. Wow, and what a response! God bless you! Keep up the good work! I’m on GAPS intro presently.

  81. Sharleen says

    This was a great article. I am catholic and also eating paleo, because I cannot eat gluten or dairy, and I’ve been trying to reconcile my faith with paleo eating.

    Thanks again for clarifying a lot of points for me. Great article.

  82. Melissa says

    I’d like to say I’d agree. This is definitely a convincing article. I was thinking about this and thinking about I was going to change my diet, but then the story of daniel when he refused to eat the kings food and wine came into my mind:
    Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us apulse to eat, and water to drink.

    And the story says that at the end of ten days Daniel and his companions where more healthy and The Lord gave them wisdom so much in fact the king made these young boys into his councilors. *Pulse is mashed seeds and grains*
    Sooo… Hey, if we want to say that the bible is negative towards grains. Please, explain this. This is about the second or third time I seriously considered removing grains from my diet. Something always turns me away from it though.

  83. Tanora Polk says

    This is a great article. I certainly know grains today are very different from grains of the past. We enjoy organic properly prepared grains in our home. However, I see alot of posts about not eating grains, but then they turn around and say you should eat pork, when the bible clearly said not to eat pigs. Pigs are scavengers, they don’t sweat and so on…so the debate on our food could go on forever. Also, processed sugar, salt and fats are a big culprit with our health issues. So this opinion is very valid…but it gets quite confusing sometimes about what is right to eat. Good post.

  84. Melanie says

    I normally enjoy your articles but this one gets under my skin. You are falsely using the bible to promote the movement that grains are bad for you. If you’re going to reference the bible then at least study it before making these bold assumptions. I will agree with you that the grains of today are different from biblical times but you cannot use that argument to defend your reasoning for not consuming grains. All the food we eat today even vegetables and fruit are very different that those of biblical times. Our food and soil is considerably lower in nutrients than during biblical times because of man’s doing. You are right about grain consumption didn’t begin until after the fall of man (statement 3). But neither was meat. There was no death before sin therefore meat was not eaten as well. From all your other blog posts, you are for eating meat so I don’t understand why this would be a justification of why not to eat grains.

    You also use poison ivy as a justification for how things that God made are not beneficial for the human body. The problem with this statement is God did not say from the sweat of thy brow shall you get poison ivy to eat. Plowing of the land and hard labor was one of the results from disobeying God. Bottom line is, God said, “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shall thou return.” (Genesis 3:19) It is clear that God says man will eat bread.

    Grains were often ate during times of hardship: Yes, they were but you fail to recognize the fact that were often ate during times of celebration. Wheat harvesting was done annually and they celebrated when the wheat was abundant. They considered it a blessing from God if there was an abundant amount of wheat. If wheat was bad for you, how could a large amount of wheat be a blessing?? The promise land was a land of wheat and barley. “For the Lord thy God bringeth thee into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and depths that spring of valleys and hill; A land of wheat and barley, and vines, and fig trees, and pomegranates; and of oil of olive and honey; A and wherein thou shalt eat bread without scarceness, thou shalt not lack anything in it, a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hill thou mayest dig brass.” (Deauteronomy 8:7-9)

    The flour we consume today is ground to such a small size that the surface area of the grain is literally increased 10,000% and the starchy area is expanded. (statement in point 2) Well this may be part true. The flour we eat today is definitely ground finer than when it is ground by hand but by 10,000% seems outrageous. I would like to see the evidence for this. I think this would only show that we are consuming more grains than in biblical times. You cannot magically add 10,000% more starch unless you are grinding more wheat. Therefore, this would show that we need to reduce our grain consumption not eliminate it. In modern society, our food consumption in general has dramatically increased when compared to biblical times or even 200 year ago. And our physical activity has dramatically decreased.

    Jesus is the bread of life and our daily bread; Throughout Jesus teachings he often used real world examples to demonstrate his teachings. Jesus said is the bread of life because during that time and throughout history (not until modern day when all of a sudden bread is the enemy), people consumed bread daily in order to survive. Especially during the winter times when wheat could be stored up. He used the bread to demonstrate that without him, you will die. Not in the physical sense since our bodies will die but in the spiritual sense. Just like the bread is nourishment for your physical being, Jesus is nourishment for you spiritual well being. That is the whole point he was making. I’m not sure how you could misconstrue “daily bread” but Jesus says in Matthew 6:11, “Give us this day our daily bread.” If you read around this verse, you will see Jesus is telling them how to pray. I would think this is clear that Jesus is telling us we should look to God for our every need. By this statement, bread is nourishment for our bodies and Jesus is nourishment for our soul. If bread was hazardous for our bodies, I don’t think Jesus would have fed the 4,000 people and the 5,000 people with bread and fish. He also would have not ate it since he was full of wisdom. And he definitely would not have symbolized hisself as bread.

    A lot of the obesity problems has to do with our sedentary lifestyle (laziness spoken of in the bible), over consumption of food (gluttony spoken of in the bible), and relying on man’s wisdom instead of God’s wisdom. “For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their own craftiness” (1 Corinthians 3:19) Pesticides, hormones, preservatives, toxic chemicals, artificial additives, and the list goes on are all based upon man’s wisdom which have cost us our health. “O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen” (1
    Timothy 6:20)

    • says

      I agree with many of your points. I was simply trying to point out that the bible does not command us to eat grains and that there is evidence on both sides. It seems that many Christians have trouble trying a removal of grains because they think it is Biblically required, even though the grains in Biblical times were not remotely the same grains that we have today.

      • Garry says

        Grains are PRO inflammatory today for most people. I for one quit buying bread and cereals about a year ago and i lost weight in the “right places” and have more “definition” on my arm muscles and i’m 57 years.

    • Maria says

      Amen Melanie.

      @Katie, some other verses to consider as well: the prophecies concerning the latter days, describing the great tribulation and the days surrounding it. They suggest people will still eat grains and that they should:

      – in the later times, there will be demonic doctrines trying to make people abstain from eating what God said we could eat (1 Timothy 4:1-5).

      1 Timothy 4:1-5 (NIV)

      4 The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. 2 Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. 3 They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth. 4 For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, 5 because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.

      If the Word of God says we can, and if the Word of God consecrates it, sets it apart as food, then we can consume it—even in the latter “GMO-existing” days (God is not oblivious to genetic manipulation; he foresees all). It’s quite possible that today’s grains may not be as healthy, but I think YHWH/Jesus already addressed this issue in Ezekiel 34:17-20 (the skinny / poor / weak sheep are eating contaminated food, while the fat / rich sheep are eating the unpolluted, pure good stuff) & he will judge between them when the time comes. Looking at the planet, I would say most of his sheep seem to fall under the “weak / skinny / poor sheep, eating contaminated/polluted food”. I fear we people living in developed countries are the fat sheep. Should we really rejoice that we have access to the clear, pristine, uncontaminated food? Which group are we?

      Ezekiel 34:17-20 (NIV)

      17 “‘As for you, my flock, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will judge between one sheep and another, and between rams and goats. 18 Is it not enough for you to feed on the good pasture? Must you also trample the rest of your pasture with your feet? Is it not enough for you to drink clear water? Must you also muddy the rest with your feet? 19 Must my flock feed on what you have trampled and drink what you have muddied with your feet?

      20 “‘Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says to them: See, I myself will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep.

      I start meditating on how exactly it is that our country produces food, and whether it pollutes our own, and other people’s, environments / food supplies, and I can only arrive at “yes, this describes us”.

      While we’re on Ezekiel, the reason Ezekiel protested eating the food was because he had to cook it over the human dung, not that he was protesting the grains.

      On a similar note, based on what you wrote under the fourth factor, the people in the desert who protested the manna (asking for quail instead) were killed off later (for being ungrateful for the manna and for being gluttons; it did not please God that they asked for quail; they ate the bread of angels! hello! can we just take a second to meditate on that: angels eat bread. )

      Psalm 78:24-25 (NIV)

      24 he rained down manna for the people to eat,
          he gave them the grain of heaven.
      25 Human beings ate the bread of angels;
          he sent them all the food they could eat.

      So, the actions of the ungrateful, disobedient, unbelieving generation crossing the desert is not valid reason to say grains are bad or were never the food God intended for his creations to eat from the beginning.

      – secondly as it relates to the latter days / great tribulation days, and related to manna, “some of the hidden manna” is the reward for those who overcome sin.

      Revelation 2:17 (NIV)

      17 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give that person a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to the one who receives it.

      Okay, yeah, not the same stuff we’re growing and eating on the cursed ground; this manna is also from Heaven, but grains are not bad and God does intend his creations to eat them.

      I do think grains were intended in the Garden. After the fall, it just became difficult to cultivate them (as we endure the curse, the consequences of Adam and Eve transgressing God’s law / God’s instructions).

      So, is the bread today less nutritious? Yeah. Does he expect us to stop eating it? No. Not even in the latter times. We’re in a cursed deteriorating world, yes, and the only ones that can afford to eat totally pure are the fat sheep. If I can afford the good, unpolluted stuff, does it mean I’m in the fat sheep category only looking out for self (and self’s family) regardless of the rest of the sheep not being able to afford the good stuff? and perhaps my very lifestyle / way of feeding /way of getting my food is polluting the food source of another? I take it that if we donate organic too (instead of giving away food that we wouldn’t eat ourselves) then it would be okay if we buy organic ourselves—and in that way, we’d be acting in a manner that is pleasing and well-viewed in the sight of God despite being fat sheep (if we share the clean stuff with those who cannot afford it).

      Sigh~

      May God have mercy on us and on our fat sheep country. LOL.

  85. Peter Kerrigan says

    The science of what you say as far as I’m concerned is clearly described in detail by David Perlmutter MD in his book Grain Brain as follows :-

    Grain Brain by David Perlmutter, MD
    Renowned neurologist David Perlmutter, MD, blows the lid off a topic that’s been buried in medical literature for far too long: carbs are destroying your brain. And not just unhealthy carbs, but even healthy ones like whole grains can cause dementia, ADHD, anxiety, chronic headaches, depression, and much more. Dr. Perlmutter explains what happens when the brain encounters common ingredients in your daily bread and fruit bowls, why your brain thrives on fat and cholesterol, and how you can spur the growth of new brain cells at any age. He offers an in-depth look at how we can take control of our “smart genes” through specific dietary choices and lifestyle habits, demonstrating how to remedy our most feared maladies without drugs.

    Thanks for your Biblical insights you have just saved me a lot of research time. Obviously, I have referred your article to friends and family

  86. Jodi says

    Excellent, excellent post. I wonder where you got all your info? So focused and thorough.

    I wanted to chime on a couple things that I thought didn’t necessarily support your strong points. “God created poison ivy,” doesn’t really stand in my opinion because it’s a weed. Weeds, as chokers of life (of other plants), were formed or evolved so to speak, AFTER the fall. I would argue that sin “made” poison ivy. So it wasn’t intended as a “good” plant.

    Also, as more of a question, do you think that meat being the focus during times of celebration really illustrates that it should be always consumed? Wine is a celebratory drink but too much of it would not be good. I’m Paleo, by the way, but new to it so I’m figuring out all the nooks and crannies that do (or don’t!) jive with the Bible. I’m just not sure that celebration food indicates what should be the norm, or at least saying meat was the focus indicates a normative diet.

    I’ll be interested to hear what you think! Thanks again for this great post.

  87. Jodi says

    Here’s a theory:
    Perhaps God did in fact intend that man eat bread, the “old” way. And of course because so many of the toxins were minimized it was far more consumable, and dare I say, beneficial. Perhaps God intended that bread and meat be eaten together (don’t fall over! yet!) I would posture He did this for the sake of survival, so that we could eat seasonally and according to what is available. This was why he created our bodies to have an omnivore’s digestive system, because we do rule the earth and use our brains to sustain ourselves (by procuring what is needed to eat whether it be meat, fat, or grain foods.)

    BUT perhaps (I’m stating the obvious) all the “wrecked” grains and added grains have messed up our systems so that none of what God intended for ingestion is possible. The “ideal” would be the ability to consume both, but perhaps bread was the default food. I would posture that there was nutrition in it and therefore it wasn’t unintended for consumption. I argue that the Paleo proposition that hunters and gatherers should be our poster child for dietary standards is not solid since the ancient form of bread did provide nutrition and is mentioned many, many times in the Bible. I don’t think we can say that Jesus’ use of the two foods gave one more precedence. They seem equal to me. Problem is, the ancient bread is gone, and as you say, many of us can’t take it any more because the modern grains have trashed our systems.

    That wasn’t as short as I’d hoped but I think I said what I needed to!
    Again, your thoughts?

  88. Sarah says

    Thank you for your post. I definitely see the validity of the argument that “grains of today are much different”. I would, however, I am not sure that meat is not part of God’s plan for us. There are a lot of interpretations of the biblical references of meat and I am still researching this, but did find this (http://www.essene.com/Bible/BiblicalBasisOfVeganism.html) article that explains many of the references. I am currently following the Paleo Diet, but finding myself questioning the “meat” aspect of the diet. Unfortunately, with the “grain/meat” situation of this world, it makes you wonder what is left to consume other than plant based vegetables…

  89. Fred Nyanganga-Otrieno says

    I take exception with your quote on Ezekiel 4:12 human waste was to be used as fuel (in place of firewood), and it was not to form part of the ingredients.

    Ezekiel 4:12

    New King James Version (NKJV)

    12 And you shall eat it as barley cakes; and bake it using fuel of human waste in their sight.”

  90. Nicola Williams says

    Hi – I’m new to all this. Very keen to learn as much as possible. The site is great Katie. Do you have a definitive list of yes and no foods? I was about to chuck my usual green lentils in the pan and thought I’d better check first. Do you use sprouted lentils?

    I think I am going to have a lot of questions!

    Thanks in advance, Nicola

  91. Fred Nyanganga-Otrieno says

    Leviticus 19:19
    You shall not crossbreed different kinds of animals. You shall not sow your field with two kinds of seed; neither shall there come upon on you a garment made of two kinds of material.

    The bible is clearly against crossbreeding of plants or animals… Remember that Noah was instructed to get into the ark with animals of same kind (so as to preserve identity).

    From the above biblical text, its clear that the Mosaic laws also recognized preservation of identities of both plants and animals. However, today most of the plants and grains we eat have been so much genetically modified that its difficult to trace the very original, and the effect in turn on our health is that we have even weaker disease defense systems than the average man who lived one hundred years ago.

    • Jodi Horner says

      I side with this point of view. I read a bit earlier up in the string of replies that cross-breeding occurs naturally over a long period of time. I see that as categorically different than doing it from an engineered stance. It’s absolutely amazing how the rules and guidelines God put forth were truly for our own benefit!

      But about the not mixing fabrics…I don’t understand that one yet! (Leviticus 19:19)

  92. Fred Nyanganga-Otrieno says

    Jodi Horner: I will try to answer you partly on why not combination of wool and linen garments.

    Ezekiel 44:17-18 ( New King James Version (NKJV) )

    17 And it shall be, whenever they enter the gates of the inner court, that they shall put on linen garments; no wool shall come upon them while they minister within the gates of the inner court or within the house. 18 They shall have linen turbans on their heads and linen trousers on their bodies; they shall not clothe themselves with anything that causes sweat.

    Leviticus 16:4-5
    4 He shall put the holy linen tunic and the linen trousers on his body; he shall be girded with a linen sash, and with the linen turban he shall be attired. These are holy garments. Therefore he shall wash his body in water, and put them on.

    In Leviticus we see the priest washing his body then putting on linen garments (linens are light and do not cause sweat). In Ezekiel we find warning against clothes which causes sweat to be worn by priests (woolen clothes are heavy and can trigger sweat).

    In the doctrine of sanctuary people had to go to the temple both physically clean represented by washing the body and spiritually clean, thus sweat would be a candidate for flop on the side of anyone who had to go to the sanctuary/temple.

    Whoever was to go to the temple had to be clean and no filth or dirt was to be found on him, and this boiled down to even the foods the isralites ate, e.g. yeast was not to be found on them. I believe sweat can lead to formation of yeast on our bodies thus the warning against mixing the garments.

    Moreover, linen was a holy garments. Leviticus 16:4

  93. Debbie says

    Thank You! I just started researching this subject and like another commenter stated, this is the best explanation I have read. I have found lots of conflicting advice, incuding some who advocate that the Bible calls for us to avoid meat. I’ve also looked in to the paleo diet as so many people are doing that ( and feel uncomfortable with the references to evolution and cavemen or to the relatively high amounts of meat suggested, as I am not a huge meat eater.). Thank you so much for this! Would love to hear your thoughts further on what you recommend. I am sure you’ve already written about this, I just haven’t found it yet.

  94. Bonnie Horn says

    Just a thought for those critics out there who may think Genesis 1:29 blows her research out of the water: I’ve been in the agriculture world all my life and I will tell you that NO HYBRID GRAIN will EVER reproduce a seed that can be grown into another seed bearing plant. The hybrids are intentionally made sterile for the sake of profits of the laboratory which developed the strain. This prevents farmers from harvesting their own seed for the next year’s planting. It is also in violation of a farmer’s contract to hoard more seeds then he needs for that year’s crop planting. Like Wellness Mama says, I challenge you to find modern grains that are identical to those grown 6000+ years ago.

  95. Melissa Schreur says

    Thank you SO much for this article! I’ve been reading your blog for about 6 months now ans find it extremely helpful and reliable. I must admit the idea of no grains had me really stumped. Almost as if I was fighting the idea of ditching them and justifying where we are today. I am a Christian and wondered about bible references of grains. This article is nicely written. Thank you!

  96. Cassie says

    For all of you who are being rude and accusatory, she isn’t using the bible to prove that grains shouldn’t be eaten. She already has other postings about grains and why they are bad for you. She is using the bible to show other Christians who wish to go grain-free that God doesn’t command them to eat bread. Simple as that. It is one thing to comment and opinion, and another to be rude and insulting.

  97. Bernadine Colling says

    Very good information. Thank you Wellness Mama, I am trying to lose some weight, maybe cutting out grains from my meal plan, may help me to lose it faster! Praise God!
    God Bless you Wellness Mama and your ministry!

  98. Tabitha says

    Excellent points; you have definitely given me something to ponder. Another thing I believe highly influences the consumption of grains in the SAD is their low cost and high availability.

  99. Byron Gully says

    Awesome explanation and site! I went grain free based on information you posted in an article that I read a few weeks back. Thank you for what you do! Please keep doing it!

  100. Jessica says

    Grains have so many nutrients, God created them to be able to sustain the human body. But, the problem is once the kernel is broken during the milling process the nutrients oxidize within days. So, unless you mill the wheat berries soon before you use the flour you are not able to access those nutrients. I have been milling, (which BTW I just use a vitamix, takes a matter of seconds) and baking my own bread, muffins, bagels etc. for about a year. I primarily use kamut which is an ancient grain, so it hasn’t been genetically altered and many people who have gluten issues can usually handle it. I personally do not soak my grains, as I don’t find it necessary. There is conflicting information about the phytic acid, and whether it is harmful if grains are prepared without being soaked/fermented. I have done much research on the subject and I linked an article down below which I found useful. I just want to encourage others that it is possible and not that difficult to prepare grains in ways that can and will benefit you. Many health stores carry varieties that are ancient grains, I usually talk to someone from the bulk section and even if they do not carry the variety I am requesting in the store, they will special order it for me. Not to mention, it is nice to have a few buckets of grain stashed away, in case of an emergency or when tribulations during end times approach. Grain can and will sustain during good and hard times. Please don’t give up on them entirely! However, I really enjoyed reading your article and am in agreement with many points made about how conventionally grown and prepared grain is not as nutritionally beneficial as during biblical times. However,If you mill it yourself and use ancient grains you certainly can enjoy the benefits.

  101. Greg says

    This article is someone’s opinion. No disrespect to the author but everyone needs to do their own homework and figure out if they need to eat grains or not. The fact it’s in the Bible encourages me and I’d take the Bible over science any day because scientists get things wrong too and especially non Christian scientists that don’t even believe there is a God. However getting back to the topic many questions were not even addressed for me. She didn’t go through every reference in scripture to grains. She didn’t weigh heavily on the fact that most of the grains people eat are not prepared properly but in fact are heavily processed. She didn’t talk about the fact that it hasn’t been this way forever and that processing grains is a recent development. So for thousands of years and even back into the 1800s people ate coarser grains or whatever have you perhaps closer to Biblical times but nonetheless they ate grains differently. Also never mind the fact they prepared them differently whether it was through fermentation, sprouting, or whatever, the fact still remains they ate grains and in some cultures thrived on this very food living long lives. My next question would be what have they done in labs to modern grains. Are they genetically modified like fruits and vegetables? Also what’s the difference between the heavily processed white bread and grains that are not processed. What processes go into the “healthy bread” at the store? And finally if one makes their own bread from freshly milled grains what’s the difference in the amount of nutrition between those kind of grains that are freshly milled and anything bought in the store. Many people myself included can attest to the fact that once you begin to eat whole grains anything else pales in comparison. The article is on grains but she also mentions meat. We could go on and talk about milk, fruit, veggies and anything else we have to harvest to eat not to mention exercise, sleep, and other habits in our daily lifestyles as other comments mentioned. We can talk about what the animals eat, what kind of soil are our fruits and veggies grown on, where we get our milk, etc. Just like doctors make money from treating many patients so too do farmers who grow everything we eat. Some doctors only care about money and some farmers as well and they know what they produce makes many in our population sick. By now you should know where I’m leaning but I suggest you do your own research. I haven’t conclusively proved anything. I’m a Christian and I believe all things are possible with God. So I’m sure He has an infinite number of ways for people to eat and still be healthy. I just hate that I’ve learned things and believed them for so long only to find out it wasn’t the truth. So be informed and follow the Spirit if you’re a Christian. Lastly I would say as you’ll find in one of the articles below that if I were the devil I would attack Jesus who calls Himself the Bread of Life by attacking bread in general. Then if you could “prove” bread was unhealthy my next thought would be why should I even trust Jesus (if I were someone who didn’t have a relationship with Him).

  102. Greg says

    Just in case my links could not be posted due to policy you can find some information on the type of grains one could eat by going to bread beckers website. Just google bread beckers. You’ll find some articles on phytic acid, “wheat belly” (talks about whether modern wheat is good or bad), and also testimonials of many people that benefited from freshly milled grains who formerly had different diseases.

  103. Amy says

    A very thoughtful post on a controversial issue. I appreciate the attempt to use the Bible as a definitive guide. Even though this post is several years old now, I feel compelled to comment because my personal experience is much different in that my body does NOT do well when I eliminate grains from my diet. When I went 100% grain free last year, I finally called it quits after 3 months because I was experiencing anxiety and severe hair loss (and just fyi I was not eating any processed foods at all, only healthy fats, homemade chicken stock, organic pastured meats, raw egg yolks, etc – a WAPF traditional diet, grain free). When I finally added back in my homemade sourdough bread, the fog lifted and I was well again. Since that time I have been careful to eat properly prepared ancient grains (although I have had some processed wheat) and find that I truly can consume them not only without problems but with GOOD HEALTH as well. So as a Christian I love the way you have approached this issue – in love and respect, with the Bible as your guide. But I do disagree with some of your conclusions, primarily that we were not meant to eat grains. Yes, they should be ancient grains that are properly prepared – I agree with you there. One thing I didn’t see in your article was the issue of healing the gut so that we can consume healthy grains without problems. I think that is a key reason why so many people cannot eat grains. I disagree with any diet philosophy that eliminates entire food groups unless there is an issue involving allergies/intolerances. In those instances, the gut should be healed so that the offending food can then be consumed in good health again. In the rare occasions where the food can never be re-introduced, then that is a different and unique exception. Blessings ~

  104. Melanie says

    I am a busy mom of two girls and owner of my own business. I am very concerned for my families well being and what is the right way to live a long, healthy, and full-filling life.

    Look forward to all you have to offer.

  105. Maureen says

    I just wanted to thank you for taking the time to write this thoughtful article! I have recently had to take gluten and dairy out of my diet as over time it has caused me a vast array negative physical symptoms. It took a long time for me to come to this realization, and only with the help of a naturopathic doctor have I finally begun to find healing! As a follower of Christ, one of the first things that came to my mind was “why did Jesus offer bread, break bread, and why is it so popular in the Bible if it is so harmful? ” . Well Your article has clarified all of my questions and more. Thank you so much for your insight. It has saved me so much time in researching! Many blessings to you and your Family.

    Sincerely,
    Maureen

  106. Tommy says

    BREAD

    A baked food, sometimes leavened, the basic ingredient of which is flour or meal. Bread (Heb., le?chem; Gr., ar?tos) was a staple in the diet of the Jews and other peoples of antiquity, the art of bread making being common knowledge among the Israelites, Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, and others. Even in modern times in some parts of the Middle East, bread is of chief importance, and other types of food are of secondary significance. At times the Bible seems to use “bread” for food in general, as at Genesis 3:19 and in the model prayer, which contains the request: “Give us today our bread for this day.”—Mt 6:11; compare Ec 10:19, ftn.
    In making bread, the Hebrews generally used wheat flour or barley flour. Wheat was more expensive, so persons might often have to content themselves with barley bread. Reference is made to barley bread at Judges 7:13; 2 Kings 4:42; and John 6:9, 13. Some flour was rather coarse, being prepared by the use of mortar and pestle. However, “fine flour” was also in use. (Ge 18:6; Le 2:1; 1Ki 4:22) The manna Jehovah God provided for the Israelites during their wilderness trek was ground in hand mills or pounded in a mortar.—Nu 11:8.
    It was customary to grind the grain and bake fresh bread daily, and often the bread was unleavened (Heb., mats·tsah?). The flour was simply mixed with water, and no leaven was added before the kneading of the dough. In making leavened bread, the general practice was to take a piece of dough retained from a previous baking and use it as a leavening agent by crumbling it into the water prior to the mixing in of the flour. Such a mixture would be kneaded and permitted to stand until it leavened.—Ga 5:9; see CAKE; LEAVEN; LOAF.
    Offerings made to Jehovah by the Israelites consisted of some baked things. (Le 2:4-13) It was not permissible to use leaven in offerings made by fire to Jehovah, though certain offerings were not burned on the altar and could contain leaven. (Le 7:13; 23:17) The use of leavened bread was not allowed during the Passover and the Festival of Unfermented Cakes associated with it.—Ex 12:8, 15, 18; see SHOWBREAD.
    The prominence of bread in the daily diet of Biblical times is indicated by repeated references to it throughout the Scriptures. For example, Melchizedek “brought out bread and wine” before blessing Abraham. (Ge 14:18) When Abraham sent away Hagar and Ishmael he “took bread and a skin water bottle and gave it to Hagar.” (Ge 21:14) Imprisoned Jeremiah was given a daily ration of “a round loaf of bread.” (Jer 37:21) On two occasions Jesus Christ miraculously multiplied bread to feed vast crowds. (Mt 14:14-21; 15:32-37) Jesus taught his followers to pray for “bread for the day according to the day’s requirement.” (Lu 11:3) And the psalmist fittingly identified Jehovah God as the one providing “bread that sustains the very heart of mortal man.”—Ps 104:15.
    Figurative Use. The term “bread,” as used in the Bible, has a number of figurative applications. For instance, Joshua and Caleb told the assembled Israelites that the inhabitants of Canaan “are bread to us,” apparently meaning that they could easily be conquered and that the experience would sustain or strengthen Israel. (Nu 14:9) Great sorrow that might be associated with divine disfavor seems to be reflected in Psalm 80:5, where it is said of Israel’s Shepherd Jehovah: “You have made them eat the bread of tears.” Jehovah is also spoken of as giving his people “bread in the form of distress and water in the form of oppression,” evidently referring to conditions they would experience under siege and that would be as common to them as bread and water.—Isa 30:20.
    In speaking of those who are so wicked that they “do not sleep unless they do badness,” the book of Proverbs says: “They have fed themselves with the bread of wickedness.” (Pr 4:14-17) Yes, they seem to sustain themselves on wicked deeds. Of one who may acquire the material provisions for life by deceit or fraud, Proverbs 20:17 states: “Bread gained by falsehood is pleasurable to a man, but afterward his mouth will be filled with gravel.” But regarding the good and industrious wife it is said: “The bread of laziness she does not eat.”—Pr 31:27.
    The Bible also uses “bread” figuratively in a favorable sense. Isaiah 55:2 shows that Jehovah’s spiritual provisions are far more important than material things, stating: “Why do you people keep paying out money for what is not bread, and why is your toil for what results in no satisfaction? Listen intently to me, and eat what is good, and let your soul find its exquisite delight in fatness itself.”
    When instituting the new meal that would commemorate his death (on Nisan 14, 33 C.E.), “Jesus took a loaf and, after saying a blessing, he broke it and, giving it to the disciples, he said: ‘Take, eat. This means my body.’” (Mt 26:26) The loaf meant Jesus’ own fleshly body “which is to be given in your behalf.”—Lu 22:19; 1Co 11:23, 24.
    About a year earlier, Jesus Christ had contrasted “bread that comes down from heaven” with the manna eaten by the Israelites in the wilderness and had plainly stated: “I am the bread of life.” He showed that he was “the living bread that came down from heaven,” adding: “If anyone eats of this bread he will live forever; and, for a fact, the bread that I shall give is my flesh in behalf of the life of the world.” (Joh 6:48-51) This ‘eating’ would have to be done in a figurative way, by exercising faith in the value of Jesus’ perfect human sacrifice. (Joh 6:40) Jesus presented the merit of his ransom sacrifice to his Father Jehovah God upon his ascension to heaven. By means of this merit, Christ can give life to all obedient ones of mankind. As foretold under divine inspiration, Jesus was born in Bethlehem, which means “House of Bread” (Mic 5:2; Lu 2:11), and through Jesus Christ life-giving “bread” is provided for all believing mankind.—Joh 6:31-35.

  107. rhonda says

    great breakdown,its been something that had been plagueing me,I have rosacea that developed 5 years ago,and Im stumped as to why food effects me now and not then,I now struggle with weight too.this was after my 4th and 5th child,Im not fond of the diet fad,but i do want to be healthy and for my weight to go down and the flushing in my face to stop,you are right about the cakes for celebrations lol,I love to bake and make sweets for everyone.I guess a steak for a birthday would be better in the end than a cake and ice cream.great points.stepping away from bread will be a challenge for me,I love making homemade bread ,and in a family of 7 ,they dont like change!sorry for the rambling.yes I always wonder how they always ate bread in the past and we are restricted from it.

  108. Sarah says

    Something else to consider is genetic entropy. I don’t buy the evolutionary argument as to why we shouldn’t eat grains. Genetic entropy is on par with reality. We don’t evolve for the better. God created Adam and Eve and they had perfect genomes. Each generation loses genetic information (which is why bottle-necking a population is detrimental and likely why lifespans dropped wayyyyy lower after the flood).

    We’re likely at a point in history where we just can’t digest gluten or many grains anymore. Check out some of Dr. John Sanford’s work on genetic entropy (he is a Creationist).

  109. kristen says

    Just quickly, do you have advice for Catholics (and others) who observe fasting/abstain from meat during certain times of the liturgical calendar (Lent!) or weekly (Fridays) for that matter? This gets really tricky without grain (sprouted/rice noodles/etc) unless you rely heavily on fish which I truly struggle with. Thanks!

  110. Kimberly Rollins says

    Just discovered this article. I love it.

    I am a Christian and in a Minister’s family.

    People can eat whatever they want.

    However, people I find often don’t read the meaning behind the scripture in other words the whole Bible.

    I found your article perfect.

    Why? Because we are not living in the times that Jesus walked on the earth.

    Our bread today is not what God meant for us to eat as food or nutrition. The grains today are created in a lab not exactly what Jesus was eating. I try and purchase organic non-gmo foods.

    You didn’t say don’t eat grains. You said make sure that your eating the grains that were used in biblical times. I noticed a few people got a little upset over don’t eat grains.

    I think the point your making is truly in the beginning when God gave us all the green herbs to eat that grains more than likely where not part of that plan. I grew up living on a commercial farm. My grandfather didn’t like the seeds that companies were pushing way back in the 60’s and 70’s. He would be truly sad today.

    I too feel better when I just eat fruit and all the greens.

    But no matter what any one chooses to eat it is important instead of pointing fingers and getting angry over what someone else chooses to eat or not is to remember nothing we eat can keep us from the Kingdom of God.

    Everyone has the right to eat what they choose but to feel one’s best some of us feel better eating mostly a vegetarian diet which consist of spinach, lettuces, broccoli etc and fruit with some fish or organic chicken etc and nothing processed.

    The most important thing is that each person works on their on personal relationship with God instead of throwing stones at a this women who feels the grains we eat today are not healthy and personally I agree with her. Just look around at how fat our society is and especially children who eat lots of grain products which convert into sugar.

    There are a lot of illnesses today that are directly related to processed grains and over consumption of grains period.

    Be ye kind one to another love your neighbor as yourself. I know most of the post here are nice but I think is it so sad that someone who calls themselves Christians or followers of Christ are some of the most critical of other Christians.

    We do have to be careful to not take one verse out of context and use it for our purpose but to look at the entire Bible.

    Basically if we all wanted optimal health we would eat fruit of the trees and green herbs God gave us in the beginning but that is a pretty limited diet for most people.

    We are not called to be perfect but to do what God calls each of us to do. Aren’t you glad your were not called to be placed in the belly of a fish. Clearly God does not intend for us to all be the same.

    Great article.

  111. says

    I googled the question of whether or not eating bread is Biblical and landed on this goldmine of information. You’ve shown great grace, wellnessmama, in your answers as well as the posts you did not answer. And now that I’ve read two years worth of responses – phew! – I’m glad the final response was as grace filled and reasonable as the one just posted by Christian on Feb. 14. I can’t wait to learn more from your blog as my husband and I educate ourselves on becoming healthier in the way that best works for us. Thank you for putting this – and yourself – out there.

  112. Michael Pierce says

    I understand what you are staying. The issue for or against grains is a complicated one. I don’t think anyone should get in an uproar about a person’s personal choices. But it is our duty as Christians to report the truth. Even though it may not be a real world fact… yet… I have, just like any Christian does, a responsibility to the truth. I do not want to answer to God for my silence on any matter. Even more so on this subject because it has adversely effected my life.

    The truth is, today’s grains are very bad for people, wheat being the chief offender. In my life, I have been experiencing the effects of an abnormal immune system for the past 30 years. I kept pustules on my back for most of my life, rare occasions of mouth/throat ulcers, very occasional abdominal pains, and often extreme constipation or diarrhea. On top of that I grew up with learning disabilities, eye sight problems connected to hormone problems, anger issues, and hair lose in my early 30s.

    Just over a year ago, I began to think that this isn’t normal and I might have a gluten problem. I stop eating grains, and my body started changing right away. In two months, I lost 40 pounds, my back cleared up for the first time in my adult life, months later I realized I didn’t need glasses anymore, after a year I almost have a full head of hair. My body has never been so quite for so long.

    True everything isn’t the way I would like, I don’t have the energy level I think young man should and I think I need to work out. But my quality of life is 100 fold better than it was 13 months ago.

    This is my truth, if God me for us to eat grains, we would be able to pick it off the ground and put it in our mouth. In Eden, our ancient parents had everything they need to survive without needing to process food through a mill to turn it to four. This is still true, and I think if we are to consider the portion of revelations where a loaf of bread will cost a days wage, then I can’t think of a better reason why it would except that in the near future a greater majority of people just will not be able to eat bread without getting sick. Leaving the rest of the less effected people the a very high price tag for an store item that is not in demand.

  113. Nathalie says

    Amen! I agree with what you said. Lets do what we were called to do by God and that is to Love one another with Christ Love!

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