If we looked to the Bible, Rev. Bill Winston preaches, we’d eat healthier.
“Just as spiritual food is to nourish the Body of Christ so that we may grow up into Him in all things, physical food is meant to grow healthy bodies,” Winston writes.
Food needs to do more than “please the taste buds,” which are “ruled by our senses,” according to Winston.
The Bible addresses food repeatedly – from the loaves and fish that Jesus made serve the multitude to the promised land of “wheat and honey” in the Old Testament.
Here are three healthy foods Winston identifies as important in biblical teaching:
Seeds and nuts: Genesis 1:11-12 “Then God said, ‘Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees on the earth bearing fruit after their kind with seed in them and it was so…and God saw that it was good.”
Fruit. In the Bible, fruit is repeatedly used to describe something that is very good. Psalm 1:3: “And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”
Whole grains. Ezekiel 4:9 “But as for you, take wheat, barley, beans, lentils, millet and spelt, put them in one vessel and make them into bread for yourself.”
The Bible, in fact, talks about seven “super foods,” according to Beliefnet.com. These include whole grains (processed as little as possible), grapes (which may provide protection against cardiovascular disease) and figs, which are high in potassium , a mineral that helps control blood pressure.