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. WellnessMama.com 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.

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

  1. Evamarie Hicks Avatar
    Evamarie Hicks

    The information provided was extremely helpful!!:) Thank you so much and God Bless!!!:)

  2. Thea Guest Avatar
    Thea Guest

    I’m very thankful for your insight and the time you took to reference all the Biblical information. I would just like to know how you consider the meats of today. I think it was a valid point to mention how different grains are, but hasn’t the same thing taken place with meat; hormones and added preservatives and chemicals. It seems even vegetables have so many dangers to consider, and buying organic is expensive. It’s easy to say stay away from pork and beef – high in cholesterol and fats. It now I keeps seeing documentaries and articles about steroids and sodium solutions are being pumped into chicken and fish consumption is dangerous because of rising mercury levels etc etc. So where does that leave us?

  3. anne maire Avatar
    anne maire

    Great article ! You are so helpful and a wealth of knowledge….THANK YOU!

  4. Lisa Price Avatar
    Lisa Price

    Thank you. I am a huge fan of bread! Any grain I suppose, I absolutely love making homemade bread. This decision to stop will be challenging to say the least. Thank you for your article and using the Bible to illustrate your point.
    Lisa P.

  5. Miranda Avatar

    Thank you Wellnessmama for this article. I have been struggling a little since I began a WHOLE30 after Thanksgiving. I has helped me lose weight and inches and I have avoided illness when the rest of my family has gotten sick. The grain free lifestyle agrees with my body much better, I just had some issues with the REASONS why this would be. The Paleolithic explanation following evolutionary thought, that they like to throw in, is insufficient for a Christian woman. I suppose I should have also taken Deuteronomy 8:3, John 6:33, 6:51 with John 6:48.

  6. James Avatar

    Thank you. This article was well thought out and articulated. I am an Orthodox Christian who recently dicided to go paleo. I was eating ancient grains and pure fruit smoothies and didn’t know why I had no energy at work. High fat, low carb works great for me! A lot of paleo proponents make cave man references, which can deter Christians from trying a minimalist, nutrient dense lifestyle that could change their lives. Orthodox Christians also regularly fast from meat, olive oil and wine, so we eat and drink with thanksgiving!

  7. Mae Avatar

    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).
    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

  8. Mae Avatar

    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).
    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).

  9. Patricia Havens Avatar
    Patricia Havens

    O.K. I can honestly say I can see your point, but I do not agree with you, you have every right to eat and to prepare your food the way you think is best for you.I will continue to grind my own wheat and to make bread and to eat it, I believe that I should and am trying to always sprout my wheat sometimes I do not .But I believe as long as I am honoring the Lord and asking His blessing on what I prepare for my family He will bless us . I have been convicted of a number of foods mostly processed food to give up. But wheat and grains are not in that category. If and when the Lord convicts me to give up grains then and only then will I give them up.

  10. Simone Killian Avatar
    Simone Killian

    Wow. Thank you for writing this and some comments are equally worthy of praise; however, I haven’t read through all of them.
    A few items are working their way through my head:
    Jesus asked how many loaves and fishes were available before He performed His miracle;
    It seems to me (not a biblical scholar) that some kind of bread was consumed on a daily basis and that meat and fat were reserved for celebrations as you mentioned. People seemed to have bread on them at all times. The woman feeding Elisha (?) had just enough oil and flour to make a bun for her visitor. And after that, her jar was never empty and she and her son ate… bread! 😉

    A little fun note that doesn’t give any weight (ha!! pardon the pun) to this important discussion is that in all fairy tales and epic journeys like The Lord of the Rings, people take bread for their journey. Like it was the quintessential fast food. Full of protein and carbs and fat.

    I don’t know. I struggle with this idea of no grains too. I imagine very much that their bread indeed looks NOTHING like the wonder bread we see on the shelves but more like the sour dough bread that is dense and chewy.

  11. Kristen Avatar

    To be perfectly honest, I don’t think God cares if you eat grain or not. Matthew 33 talks about not worrying about you eat or what you wear because God provides for our needs. When we focus on issues like food, we lose sight of the most important message of the Bible….the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He is the bread, the source, of life. He doesn’t care if you eat actual bread…bread can’t save you from dying in your sin and being separated from God for all eternity, but HE can! I don’t want to spend my life focusing on the trivial when there is a world outside my door that doesn’t yet know the true Bread of Life.

  12. Jack Avatar

    Just as a huge uptick in “lactose intolerance” followed the 1994 addition of bovine growth hormones and the necessary accompanying antibiotics to the feed of dairy cattle, so too there has been a geometric increase in “gluten intolerance” or allergies in America since the usage of Glysophate on ripening grain became common. In order to harvest wheat or other grains earlier, they are sprayed with glysophate when the grain is in the milk or doughy stage. At this stage the grain is absorbing moisture as rapidly as it penetrates the plants and it absorbs the toxic herbicide.

    The reality is that there is no more gluten in grain than there was 3,000 years ago. It isn’t the gluten creating the problem, it is the chemicals in the grain. Those people who have been diagnosed as gluten intolerant or allergic will find they can eat heritage grains raised without chemicals and have no problems, just as most people diagnosed as lactose intolerant can drink fresh whole milk and be healthier than ever. It isn’t the lactose that is their problem.

  13. Mallory Avatar
    Mallory

    I think this article is really excellent and thorough, and very well-researched. Thank you!

  14. Richard Avatar
    Richard

    I agree with most of the commentary except about the negative connotations about grains in the Bible. Cain was rejected because he’s deeds where evil,Jesus call Abel righteousl. It is a heart condition not the grain. Ezekiel complained about cooking his meal over dung not because it was grains. This misrepresented information takes away credebility from the rest of the article. I agree with the rest of the commentary. But please don’t misrepresent the bible to argue your point. This probably was done unintentionall a little more research would have been good

  15. Hannah Avatar
    Hannah

    1. Scientifically cross-breeding/hybridizing anything is not natural if humans are manipulating the action that nature would otherwise not do on its own. If the cross-breeding happens because of seeds being naturally carried with wind, erosion, etc., that is different. That is natural and, in my opinion, natural. It’s when humans being to interact with nature and inevitably take on the role of nature when things become as they were not meant to be. For example, we should not be manipulating the cross-breeding of grains on our terms. It should happen naturally. Also, grains are metabolized into sugar which surges blood sugar levels-something that is highly related to Diabetes. I don’t understand the argument that whole grains can help that. So, yes, what was that experimental group compared to? What was the control group in these studies?
    2. Secondly, I love this article. I am Paleo because of ulcerative colitis, but am also a devoted Catholic. I have stayed away from grains based on the facts that grains today hardly bear resemblance to the form they originated in years ago. Like it was mentioned, grains today have been highly processed from their original from. Additionally, today’s grains’ original form is a completely different species (as stated) from the originally grown grain. So, we are processing a grain that isn’t even natural in the first place. That means we are processing and producing harmful food from already harmful food. What my point was, however, was that I knew all this. What I didn’t consider was the interpretation and analysis/generalization of grain and meat (Bread and Lamb). That opened up a whole new mindset for me. Especially for the Eucharist. I was already taking Communion weekly at Mass because I firmly believe I need to, even though the wafers technically and objectively are made from wheat. We believe the wafers are turned into the Body of Christ during the consecration in Mass, so based solely on religion and belief, we are not eating “bread”, but rather, Jesus’s “flesh”. I really liked the comparison of Jesus being called the Bread of Life and the Lamb of God. If, then, the Bread of Life (bread before consecration) is turned into Jesus’s body (during consecration), we are essentially eating Jesus’s body (the Lamb of God). Lamb is meat and human flesh (quite literally…in an abstract way) is not bread. Human flesh is, well, meat. It’s not bread anymore. Catholics believe that what we receive at communion is not bread. I didn’t make the meat connection (I’m not calling Jesus’s body simply “meat”), but it’s good food for thought (pun intended). Excellent comparisons. I really liked the twist of your point of view. It made me think of this issue in a way I haven’t yet considered. Thank you!

  16. Elizabeth Avatar
    Elizabeth

    I agree grains are a “survival food” for those times mentioned. I agree today’s grains have been adulterated (such as in the book of Enoch “the show bread has been defiled”) But I would like you to consider further study on what animals Noah ate…there were 2 each of unclean animals, and 7 each of “clean” animals. *note there are enough of the “clean” animals that you can eat a couple without causing extinction… If he had celebrated with bacon at the end of the flood, there would not have been any herds of swine for Jesus to cause the demons to go into and send off a cliff to die. And I’m shocked you’ve never heard anyone defend wine based on the bible. I do all the time. Properly prepared wine is better for the body than water at times, or especially than pasteurized grape juice in plastic jugs.

  17. Summer Avatar

    Thank you for addressing this Wellness Mama! To be honest, I don’t agree with your overall verdict that we shouldn’t eat grains, but I do agree we should limit them & go back to growing / processing / fermenting them the way they used to be.

    It’s also worth noting that the Lord encouraged His people to go without YEAST specifically at times throughout the year. I’ve thought of this numerous times when battling candida, knowing that if we’d just followed His protocol to eliminate anything fermented during those week (or so) long feasts, we’d be in better health.

    After a lifetime of not avoiding leavened bread, candida can take over & cause leaky gut & all the issues we see today (& also antibiotic use, GMOs, excess sugar, poorly processed foods, etc). We also don’t let the ground lie fallow every 7 years, which causes our food to have less nutrients & may lead to illness. Some food for thought!

  18. Jen Avatar

    I totally agree with all the data on this post. I can include that the scriptures show examples as in Daniels case that flourishing can be had in limited diets. One needs to evaluate how they feel with what they eat, so they thrive or decline? God has made everything permissible and clean and we are not to judge others for what they eat. God also gives us free will and responsibility. He has given us a temple that belongs to him and the house for the Holy Spirit and certainly as a saved individual we have a responsibility to consider this vessel we are in temporary occupancy leasing it from the Lord. Grains are best heirloom and ancient varieties with alternation regularly. We today consume a few over and over and we have modified them over and over for big business and profit sake which this type of handling goes beyond what once was beneficial for human consumption in the once pristine state of the grain. Man can mess everything up for greed and preservation sake. You are right in saying everything is permissible but not all is beneficial and this not Gods doing this was mans doing in destroying what God had once made good. We have a responsibility and a brain and we should use it when eating for the health of our body as well as in the celebration and pleasure of eating. More important than our body and the corrupted food we put into today is our spirit. This we should be feeding with the pure and pristine
    Un-corrupted word of the Lord.
    Happy healthful eating!
    Blessings.

  19. John Stacey Avatar
    John Stacey

    About 10 thousand years ago cultivation of wheat was discovered by Homo Sapiens. For the first time in history, man could stay in one place, build pyramids, cities and engage in cultural and scientific pursuits. Wheat rocketed Homo Sapiens onto modern civilization. Hunter-gatherers like Neanderthals, etc. largely perished or remained locked in the stone-age. Wheat figures predominately in the Bible, even in the prayer Jesus taught us. (“Give us this day our daily bread.”) Modern wheat engineered by Monsanto, etc. to resist pests and weather are nutritionally the same as legacy wheat. Wheat is not the culprit, it is the host of sugary salty junk-foods we like make from it (which we really don’t need to eat). I am almost 80 and have eaten about half a loaf of wheat bread daily almost since infancy and will continue to do so. (I would not be alive without it.) The incredible gullibility of people who believe in faddish anti-wheat arguments postulated in seminars and books like “Wheat Belly”, etc. is quite beyond description.

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