Thursday, August 19, 2010

Thoughts on food

Lately I've had to chuckle at the diet industries new use of "miracle" foods. You know, the foods that are supposed to cure cancer, lower your blood pressure, good for diabetics and heart patients, prevent cancer, and oh yeah, help you lose weight.

One of those foods is olive oil. Amazing, since if you are a bible reader, God had His people use olive oil for just about everything. It was cooked with, used as medicine, cosmetics, etc.

Another is certain nuts, especially walnuts and almonds. They are especially good for the heart. Also, certain berries, like blueberries and pomegranites. Hey, have you read the story of Daniel lately? What did Daniel and his friends choose to eat instead of the King's rich food? You got it, nuts and berries. I'm sure that's not all, but that was the big part of their diet.

As a matter of fact, the most healthly diet out there is the Mediterranean diet. It is the healthiest for people with heart problems and diabetes, and an excellent plan to help you lose weight. All you Baptists may have a problem with it, because it recommends drinking red wine, but I think I remember a story from the Bible about Jesus turning water into wine. Hmmm....

Since it has been over 40 years since I've been in a geography class, I had to look up the Mediterranean sea, and the countries that surround it. (As a matter of fact, I had to look up how to spell Mediterranean). It's countries like Spain, Egypt, Italy, Greece, Israel. Israel? Yep, the very places most of the Bible was written from. So, you have to assume that most of the people in the Bible followed a Mediterranean diet.

Just more proof, as if we needed it, that reading the Bible, and following what God said, really is good for our health, and that God does have our best interests at heart.