Does the Bible Say We Should Eat Grains?

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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!]

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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


304 responses to “Does the Bible Say We Should Eat Grains?”

  1. Jeanne Avatar

    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.

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

      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 🙂

      1. Anne Avatar

        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.

  2. Rick Witt Avatar
    Rick Witt

    From an old school altar boy I appreciate when someone puts together such a wealth of information. A nod to 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

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

      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!

  3. Hannah Avatar

    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!

  4. Patti Spice Avatar
    Patti Spice

    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!!

  5. Jen Hava Avatar
    Jen Hava

    Well done! So refreshing to read this amidst a sea of evolutionary-based paleo blogs.

    In Him…

  6. Missy Avatar

    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).

    1. Alona Avatar

      Adam and Eve were kicked out of the Garden so obviously we’re not living as they were (sadly). Noah was told to eat animals. There were many animal sacrifices in the Bible too. And we see this as killing but it’s only their Earthly bodies, you know? Animals aren’t bound to the law like us but the were given the breathe of life which means they do have spirits and would therefore likely be eternal like our spirits. What I’m getting at is, we’re told to be kind to animals, like everything else. But humanely killing (I know this sounds like an oxymoron, but you can minimize stress and pain when killing an animal) and eating an animal, thanking it and God for the nutrients, is advocated in the Bible, not condemned.

      1. Ola Avatar

        Sadly, ‘humanly’ killing of animals is not the reality. Nowadays animals are treated between bad (small minority of small or eco farms) to utmost cruelly in the big, modern farms that provides most of meat and diary available. They suffered immeasurably their whole life (by being locked in a tiny space, not able to walk, separated from other animals, babies separated violently from their mothers) – before being killed for meat.
        Even if someone’s Christian (or other) conscience is not moved by that – the meat nowadays is also different than it used to be. All non-organic meat/diary is from animals that get antibiotics routinely (on organic farms they get antibiotics if sick). Also they are given steroids, hormones and other drugs. The WHO declared that eating red meat is probably cancerogenous (and eating processed meat is cancerogenous).

  7. Charlotte Avatar

    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. Tara Avatar

    What are your sources for this article? I would like to read into this further.

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

      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 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!

      1. Dotty Avatar

        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.

      2. Tony Avatar

        .. 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…

      3. Veronica Avatar

        Hi Katie. Thank you for this article. I wanted to say how proud of you I am. When I first starting looking through your blog, I would pray that I wasn’t disobeying my Lord in any way. So I was happy to see you are a sister-in-Christ. I wanted to encourage you to continue sharing God’s Word. The Lord gives us many trails to see if we will lean on Him or ourselves. His way is always the best way and anytime you take a stand, the world is going to hate you. Jesus warned us. So stay true to Him. You are in my prayers. Your sister-in-Christ, Veronica ?

  9. Gram Avatar

    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.

  10. Norris Avatar

    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

  11. Colleen Avatar

    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.

    1. eliza Avatar

      Genesis 1:29 is referring to before the fall of man. You can’t take any one verse of the Bible out of context. Don’t forget Gensis 3:18.

  12. Curt Avatar

    Thank you! Very well written explanations! I just love your posts!

      1. Renee Avatar

        Seeds are quite different from grains. Grain-free diets encourage the consumption of seeds/nuts.

        1. Michael Pierce jr Avatar
          Michael Pierce jr

          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.

      2. Emily Avatar

        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.

      3. Ruth Avatar

        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.

      4. Jenny Avatar

        Then I guess you don’t have a problem with eating poison ivy? Didn’t God create that plant as well?

          1. Vicky Avatar

            There is a lot of truth in this article but it’s also muddled and biased towards a choice to go grain free. It fine to go grain free but I don’t think you can say that the Bible says anything about this lifestyle. Meat was used as a celebration but Daniel and his friends grew strong on basically vegan diet. It’s important to read the whole Bible in context. Bread and grains are referenced a lot in the Bible because it was and is a staple food. ultra proceed food is a big issue, how we mill flour is an issue – the use of chemicals on growing wheat is an issue – you are quite right in all this.
            There is a growing movement of people who we going back to ancient grains, milling their and sprouting their own and making bread, cakes etc through a sourdough process – what they are discovering is how amazing grains are for human health when used in this way. It’s not that hard but it does take some time to learn about l.
            If giving up grain helps you –
            That’s fine – maybe it’s helps because you are cutting out the other rubbish but please don’t make it a “biblical choice’ as I don’t think your theological arguments really support that and please be aware that it is possible to get rid of the bath water without throwing the baby out too. For anyone who is interested in a different look at grains – I would recommend looking at the work of the Sourdough school as they cover a lot of the article above in more detail so you can see the good in the grains but the issues in how they are progressed. Finally I will say that everyone’s body is different- we must all
            Work out what works best for us . What works for me might not work for you and vice Versa

      5. Jan Avatar

        Lovely, well-written post! Much appreciated by this Wheat Belly Gal. Thanks.

  13. theresa Avatar

    i’ve been waiting for this post! thanks – very helpful!

  14. Joelle Avatar

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

  15. Stephanie Avatar

    Awesome post! I whole heartedly agree with your points. Context is everthing.

  16. Joanna Avatar

    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

  17. Lynn Avatar

    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.

    1. isabelle Avatar

      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 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..

    2. Barbara Abshire Avatar
      Barbara Abshire

      I am researching sourdough, a method of fermenting grain for use in leavening bread, as I am sure you know, it changes how the grain behaves in the body after eating. I am doing this for a presentation I am giving to my local congregation. This research has led me down many different yet similar paths, including your ideas–which are helpful. Thank you.

      1. Amy Avatar

        Would love to hear more on this as I have been wondering about sourdough too.

      2. Rachel Avatar

        I had researched and felt sourdough was a good alternative too. Keep us posted.

      3. Kelsey Avatar

        I have been using sourdough for over 4 years and it’s truly amazing. I was diagnosed gluten intolerant but can eat anything I make with my starter with no ill effects. I still don’t go overboard, limiting my grain consumption, but those I do eat are made with my natural yeast. I love teaching people how to make bread that won’t cause them stomach issues and actually has some great benefits for them.

        1. Shar TenEyck Avatar
          Shar TenEyck


          Do you offer the starter recipe along with recipes for its use? I am new to this whole grain free, clean food, paleo, ketogenic thing. I very much liked this article because I too have been struggling with what the Bible says about grain, bread, meat, etc. I am reading all that I can about these topics and trying to sort it all out. Right now, part of me can not imagine not having bread of any kind ever again.

        2. Sharon Griffin Avatar
          Sharon Griffin

          Kelsey, will you please share your sourdough recipe/wisdom with me.
          Thank you!

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