Bible Foods

Beans 
Barley       Judges  7:13; Ezek 4:9
Beans        Ezek  4:9
Lentils       Genesis  25:34
God’s perfect plan means that the highest quality foods are also the most affordable.  So everyone can enjoy abundant health.   Beans (also known as legumes) include lentils, peas, soy and many other bean varieties. They are among the most highly nutritious staples of our diet.   The active ingredients in beans include saponins, protease inhibitors and phytic acid.  In laboratory studies, saponins inhibit the reproduction of cancer cells and slow the growth of tumors in several different tissues.  Protease inhibitors slow the division of cancer cells and phytic acid has shown the ability to significantly slow the progression of tumors.  Beans are also rich in fiber, and diets high in fiber have been repeatedly linked to lower risk of colorectal, pancreatic and breast cancers.
Fiber
Add fresh beans or lentils to your diet several times a week for optimal health. As with all foods, you should use them fresh.  Fresh beans provide more nutrients than canned.  Beans are easier to make than most people realize.  Next time you are in the store pick up a pack of Pinto Beans and follow the simple cooking steps on the package. One of the highest and least expensive high fiber grains is a wheat berry. Wheat berries can be found in the bulk section of your supermarket.  They are easy to prepare and loaded with fiber as well as protein.
Soy
Soy is a very popular bean variety that contains anti-cancer agents including isoflavones, saponins, phenolic acids, phytic acid, phytosterols, and protein kinase inhibitors.  Laboratory studies indicate that soy protects against cancer in the cells and tissues of the bladder, cervix, lung and stomach.  Soy is also beneficial for hormone balance in women and lowers the risk of prostate cancer in men by as much as 70%.  Soy milk is a popular way to add soy to your diet.  Make sure you look for non-flavored varieties since they contain less sugar.
Fruits and Berries
Fruit                               2 Samuel 16:2
Figs                                  Numbers 13:23
Grapes                            Num 13:23; Deut 23:24
Melons                            Numbers 11:15
Raisins                            2 Samuel 16:1
Pomegranates              Numbers 13:23
It’s been said before that “fruit is God’s candy”. Berries are known as good sources of vitamin c and fiber-and diets high in both of these substances have been consistently linked to lower cancer risk. All berries, but particularly strawberries and raspberries, are rich in a substance called ellagic acid which has shown the ability to prevent cancers of the skin, bladder, lung, esophagus and breast laboratory studies. Blueberries contain a family of phenolic compounds called anthocyanosides, which seem to be among the most potent antioxidants yet discovered!
Both grapes and grape juice are rich sources of resveratrol, a speific type of natural plant chemical that belongs to a much larger group of plant chemicals called polyphenols. The skin of the grape contains the most resveratrol , and red and purple grapes contain significantly more resveratrol than green grapes. Several studies have found polyphenol in general, and resveratrol in particular to possess potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. In laboratory tests, resveratrol was able to slow the growth of cancer cells and inhibit the formation of tumors in lymph, liver, stomach and breast cells. Resveratrol has also triggered the death of leukemic and colon cancers tumors. In one series of studies, resveratrol blocked the development of skin, breast and leukemia cancers at all three stages of the disease (initiation, promotion and progression.)
Vegetables

Today the list is slightly longer.  That’s because vegetables are such an important part of a healthy diet.  Too bad many of our diets today are so deficient in this type of food. There is so much to understand about vegetables and how to add them to your diet.  This list is just the beginning. 

Vegetables                               Daniel 1:12
Cucumber, Onions, Leeks        Numbers 11:5

“Give us nothing to eat but vegetables to eat and water to drink.”  Daniel 1:12   “I give you every seed – bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it.”  Genesis 1:29

Cruciferous Vegetables

To help prevent cancer, eat cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussels sprouts, bok choy and kale every day. They contain many components linked to lower cancer risk. Components of these vegetables have the ability to stop the growth of cancer cells in various cell, tissue and animal models, including tumors of the breast, endometrium, lung, colon, liver, prostate, bladder, colon and cervix.

Dark Green Leafy Vegetables

Popeye was smart enough to understand that spinach made him strong. But he may have not understood that he was helping to prevent cancer. Dark leafy vegetables contain antioxidants – agents that scour potentially dangerous “free radicals” from the body before they can do harm.  Kale, romaine lettuce, leaf lettuce, mustard greens, collard greens, chicory and Swiss Chard are excellent sources of fiber, folate and a wide range of carotenoids.  Researchers have discovered that carotenoids in dark green leafy vegetables can inhibit the growth of certain types of  cancer cells, skin cancer cells, lung cancer, colorectal cancer, ovarian cancer and stomach cancer.

Tomatoes

The red or pink color of several fruits – tomatoes, watermelon, papaya, pink guava and pink grapefruit – comes chiefly from a carotenoid called lycopene. This potent antioxidant, together with a group of related compounds, has displayed anti-cancer potential in a variety of studies. Cooking tomatoes actually appears to increase the anti-cancer potential of lycopene.  Thus the compounds are released and more easily absorbed by consuming foods such as tomato sauce, tomato paste, and tomato juice. In the laboratory, tomato components have stopped the proliferation of several cancer cells types, including breast, lung, and endometrium. Tomatoes attract particular attention from prostate cancer researchers because lycopene tends to concentrate in tissues of the prostate.  Studies that compare the diets and disease rates of different populations have repeatedly associated diets high in tomatoes with lower prostate cancer risk, as well as lower risk of stomach and pancreatic cancers. If you do not eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day you may want to consider taking a quality supplement.

Seeds and Nuts
Nuts                                    Genesis  43:11
Almonds, Pistachio Nuts      Genesis  43:11
Nuts and seeds provide healthy fats that are very important in maintaining healthy heart, brain and blood function. Some of the best choices of nuts and seeds are
raw almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds and flax seeds. Keep fresh nuts in your refrigerator and grab a handful when you feel the urge to munch. Be careful not
to eat too many since they are high in calories. Nuts and seeds contain heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.  Studies show that omega-3’s provide important health benefits such as protecting against cancer and lowering cholesterol.  Roasted nuts have been found to carry carcinogens which could lead to cancer growth, so buy your nuts raw.
Herbs, Spices & Honey
Herbs          Exodus  12:8
Garlic          Numbers  11:5
Salt             Job  6:6, Lev 2:13
Oil              I Chronicles 12:40
Olives         Deut  28:40
Vinegar      Numbers 6:3; Ruth 2:14
Honey        Isaiah  7:15
Herbs and spices can improve the flavor of even the simplest foods.   Get creative and use herbs and spices abundantly.  One of the most popular herbs is garlic.
Garlic belongs to a family of vegetables called Allium, which also includes onions, scallions, leeks and chives. These vegetables contain many substances now being studied for their anti-cancer effects, including: allicin, allixin, allyl sulfides, quercetin and a large group of organosulfur compounds.  Laboratory research has shown that one garlic component, called diallyl disulfide, exerts potent preventive effects against cancers of the skin, colon and lung, and was able to kill leukemia cells in the laboratory.  A compound derived from garlic called ajoene has displayed similar activity.  Components of garlic have shown the ability to slow or stop the growth of tumors in prostate, bladder, colon and stomach tissue. Olives make a great snack and there are so many varieties to try.  You may want to add a few to your salad or pasta.   Replace your bottled salad dressing with olive oil and vinegar.  Add some spices and you have a low  cost dressing for your salad.
Whole Grains
Grain             Ruth  2:14
Wheat           Deut 32:14; Ezek  4:9
May God give you of heaven’s dew and of earth’s richness–
an abundance of grain and new wine. Genesis 27:28
 
It’s important that you limit or eliminate white flour in your diet.  White flour, also known as processed or refined flour, has the bran and germ removed, leaving only the starchy endosperm.  The process of refining grains was developed to allow storage for long periods.  Since refining removes most of the grain’s nutrients, bugs and pests would not bother to eat it. Think about it…if bugs won’t eat it – why should we? The term “whole grain” means that all three parts of the grain kernel (germ, bran and endosperm) are included.  Certain types of brown rice are whole grain, white rice is not.  Other whole-grain foods include 100% whole wheat breads, oatmeal, popcorn, wild rice, corn, kasha (roasted buckwheat) and tabouleh (Bulgar wheat.) Whole grains are rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals and hundreds of phytochemicals. They contain several substances that have each been linked to lower cancer risk, including fiber (both soluble and insoluble), antioxidants, phenols, lignans, phytoestrogens and saponins.  When data from 40 recent studies on whole grains and cancer risk were combined and analyzed, the risk for cancer was reduced by 34% on average in people who ate large amounts of whole grains compared to those who ate small amounts. Fiber is also a very important part of a successful weight loss program.  It is important to eliminate at least once a day.  It’s healthiest to eliminate after each meal.  Think about it babies, whose systems are not flooded with junk, typically eat then poop!
Rest & Self Renewal
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Romans 12:1-2In addition to food, water, oxygen and exercise, our bodies need proper rest to attain peak performance. When we renew our minds we renew our bodies. Many illnesses today are stress related Stress and lack of sleep also cause the body to gain weight.. Extreme stress often leads to the doctors’ office, which in turn leads to prescription drug use. Prescription drugs prevent the body from working naturally. It’s important to have at least 1 hour of quiet time each day. Set aside one-half hour in the morning and one-half hour before bed. In the morning take a walk before you start your day, and at night spend time reading your Bible or something positive and inspirational. This routine will improve your body, mind and spirit. The seventh day is a Sabbath day of rest. Ex 31:15Take one day a week where you take a break from your usual routine. If you usually work on your computer, don’t turn it on for a 24-hour period. Spend time with family; take a day trip. Whatever it takes to remove you from your usual routine.Did you know that rest is so important in God’s plan that he made it mandatory for the land to rest one full year every seven years? Read Lev 25:5
Dairy
Cheese                                   I Samuel 17:18
Curds (from Cow’s Milk)       Deut 32:14
Goat’s Milk                            Proverbs  27:27
Sheep’s Milk                          Deut  32:14
“I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey”  Exodus 3:8
 If you drink any carbonated beverages – think again!  You are robbing your body of calcium!   Getting an adequate amount of calcium is critical for good health.  Surprisingly, recent studies are showing that foods high in calcium, especially dairy products, as well as calcium supplements, help reduce body fat especially around the waist.  High calcium intake has also been associated with reduced risk of colorectal cancer. Many calcium supplements on the market do not contain the necessary ingredients to help your body absorb this necessary mineral.  The FDA rarely allows medical claims.  Nevertheless, because so many studies have proven supplemental calcium is beneficial they allow the following qualified health claim for foods and supplements that are high in calcium: “Diets high in calcium may reduce the risk of osteoporosis.”
Wine
John 4:46; I Timothy 5:23
“Stop drinking only water, and use a little wine because of your stomach and your frequent illnesses.”  I Timothy 5:23
How interesting that modern science is again verifying the Bible.  Research is proving that wine, especially red wine, is good for you in moderation.  You may have heard of the “French paradox”.   This is the phrase coined by scientists who were at first unable to explain how the French were able to eat rich foods full of saturated fats and still have a very low incidence of heart disease.  After extensive additional research the scientists were able to solve the French paradox – they attributed the low incidence of heart disease to the fact that the French drank red wine much more frequently than Americans and Britains.  Red wine is also rich in a powerful antioxidant called resveratrol.  A strong word of caution is appropriate here.  It is well established that drinking too much alcohol is associated with a long list of diseases including cirrhosis and cancer. “And do not be drunk with wine, for that is dissipation.”  Ephesians 5:18
 
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