Proper Diet

Grains, fruits, nuts, seeds and vegetables constitute the diet chosen for us by our Creator. Counsels on diet and Foods p. 310 art. 471

Our Creator in His great wisdom provided a wide variety of foods for us to enjoy and to keep us healthy.

Man’s original diet constituted of fruits, grains, seeds and nuts. Genesis 1:29, says, “And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.”

After sin, plants were introduced to the diet, Genesis 3:18, says, “Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; in the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread…”

Grains, fruits, nuts and vegetables constitute the diet chosen for us by our Creator. These foods, prepared in as simple and natural a manner as possible, are the most healthful and nourishing. They impart strength, a power of endurance, and vigour of intellect, that is not afforded by a more complex and stimulating diet. CD p. 81.2


The grains, with fruits, nuts, and vegetables, contain all the nutritive properties necessary to make good blood. These elements are not so well or so fully supplied by a flesh diet. Had the use of flesh been essential to health and strength, animal food would have been included in the diet appointed to man in the beginning? CD p. 396


And God said, let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. Genesis 1:11

Fruits provide nutrients to the body such as water, sugars, starch, fibre, organic acids, vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals. Their healing properties include detoxifying the organism, because it facilitates the elimination of wastes and blood impurities antioxidants, which avoids premature aging, arteriosclerosis, cancer and other diseases. It regulates the intestines, because it is a natural laxative, softening the intestinal mucosa, while apples regulate the digestive function and combat diarrhoea. It prevents cancer, there is a lower risk of cancer of the digestive, respiratory and urinary organs and it is great to avoid cardiovascular disease, as it is effective in the prevention of stroke and coronary disease. Study at Forvie Site University at Cambridge (UK).

A fruit is that which has the seed within itself: tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplant are considered fruits and should not be mixed with vegetables such as carrots, broccoli, cabbage, lettuce etc.

  • Do not mix fruit and vegetables at the same meal.
  • Mixing fruits and vegetables at the same meal causes fermentation in the stomach. This should be avoided as a fermented stomach can lead to numerous diseases and mal-absorption of nutrients.
  • Fruit and vegetables taken at one meal produce acidity of the stomach; then impurity of the blood results and the mind is not clear because the digestion is imperfect. CD p.112.6
  • For a dyspeptic stomach, you may place upon your tables fruits of different kinds, but not too many at one meal. CD p. 309 a.467
  • There should not be a great variety at any one meal, for this encourages overeating, and causes indigestion. CD p.112.2
  • Fruit should not be eaten after a full meal of other foods. CD p. 309 a.468
  • Nicely prepared vegetables and fruits in their season will be beneficial, if they are of the best quality, not showing the slightest sign of decay, but are sound and unaffected by any disease or decay. More die by eating decayed fruit and decayed vegetables which ferment in the stomach and result in blood poisoning, than we have any idea of. CD p. 309 a.469
  • If you can get apples, you are in a good condition as far as fruit is concerned, if you have nothing else… I do not think such large varieties of fruit are essential, yet they should be carefully gathered and preserved in their season for use when there are no apples to be had. Apples are superior to any fruit for a standby that grows. CD p. 312.478
  • Apple family (Rosaceae): Apple, crab apple, quince, pear, rosehips. The meals should be varied. The same dishes, prepared in the same way, should not appear on the table meal after meal and day after day. The meals are eaten with greater relish, and the system is better nourished, when the food is varied. MH p. 300


Fruits are considered to be, Apples, Oranges, Bananas, Kiwi, Watermelons, Honeydew, Melons, Cantaloupes, Pears, Grapes, Peach, Nectarine, Grapefruit, Tangerines, Pineapples, Mangoes, Papaya, Pomegranate, Cherries, Carambola, Sapodillas, Sour Sop, Sugar Apples, Raisins, Prunes, Currants, Apricots, Dates, Figs, Pineapples, Cranberries, Star Fruit, Blueberries, Raspberries, Blackberries, Lemons, Limes, Strawberries

Tomatoes, cucumbers, bell pepper (red, orange, yellow), avocadoes, green or black olives, pumpkin, squash, zucchini, eggplant, plantain, strawberry, bodi and string beans are also fruits.


Examples of vegetables are Carrots, Asparagus, Garlic, Onion, Scallion, Leek, Yellow Acorn, Butternut and Kabocha.

The Cruciferae family of vegetables include:  Broccoli, Brussels Sprout, Cabbage, Collard Greens, kale, Horseradish, Turnip, Chinese cabbage, Cauliflower, Bok Choy, Radish. Note that you should use Dulse or Kelp to protect your thyroid when using items from this family because it robs iodine from the body.

What is an optimal amount of servings per day?

  • Three to five servings of fruit and vegetables per day.
  • Eat fruit at one meal and vegetables at another.


In Genesis 3:18 we find that vegetables were added to the diet.  After sin some foods became difficult for mankind to digest in our degenerated state and they therefore need special preparation in order to be wholesome to our bodies.

Tea and coffee, fine-flour bread, pickles, course vegetables, candies, condiments, and pastries fail of supplying proper nutriment.  ED p. 204.

Old and very course vegetables take long to digest and this can cause indigestion.

Examples of course vegetables are: Broccoli steamed cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, beets, artichoke, celery stalk, rutabagas root, turnips root, radish, Brussels sprouts, asparagus, fennel stalk, cassava, jicama, yam, dasheen, potatoes, and eddoes.

The proper preparation of these foods is important.  Therefore, to make these vegetables tender and more digestible, low, slow, steaming, cooking, baking will help to reduce the coarse effect.

Vegetables should be cooked until they are perfectly tender but not overdone.  Many cooks spoil their vegetables by cooking them too long, while quite as many more serve them in an underdone state to preserve their form.  Either plan makes them less palatable, and likely to be indigestible.  Science in the Kitchen by Mrs. E. E. Kellogg, A.M. 1893 p 56.

The heat breaks down the plants’ thick cell walls and aids the body’s uptake of vitamins and minerals that are bound to those cell walls.  The vitamins and minerals are embedded in a complex mass of fibre called cellulose, a carbohydrate that is difficult for the human body to digest.

Some vegetables, such as, carrots, spinach, asparagus, and cabbage when cooked supply more antioxidants, such as carotenoids and ferulic acid, to the body than they do when raw.  Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 2008, 56(1), pp 139-147

  • Do not mix fruit and vegetables at the same meal.
  • Mixing fruits and vegetables at the same meal causes fermentation in the stomach. This should be avoided as a fermented stomach can lead to numerous diseases and mal-absorption of nutrients.
  • Fruit and vegetables taken at one meal produce acidity of the stomach; then impurity of the blood results and the mind is not clear because the digestion is imperfect. CD p.112.6
  • For a dyspeptic stomach, you may place upon your tables fruits of different kinds, but not too many at one meal. CD p. 309 a.467
  • There should not be a great variety at any one meal, for this encourages overeating, and causes indigestion. CD p.112.2
  • Fruit should not be eaten after a full meal of other foods. CD p. 309 a.468
  • Nicely prepared vegetables and fruits in their season will be beneficial, if they are of the best quality, not showing the slightest sign of decay, but are sound and unaffected by any disease or decay. More die by eating decayed fruit and decayed vegetables which ferment in the stomach and result in blood poisoning, than we have any idea of. CD p. 309 a.469
  • If you can get apples, you are in a good condition as far as fruit is concerned, if you have nothing else… I do not think such large varieties of fruit are essential, yet they should be carefully gathered and preserved in their season for use when there are no apples to be had. Apples are superior to any fruit for a standby that grows. CD p. 312.478
  • Apple family (Rosaceae): Apple, crab apple, quince, pear, rosehips. The meals should be varied. The same dishes, prepared in the same way, should not appear on the table meal after meal and day after day. The meals are eaten with greater relish, and the system is better nourished, when the food is varied. MH p. 300

Approximate Cooking Time

Asparagus ——————-15 to 20 minutes, young 30 to 50 minutes if old

String beans —————-45 to 60 minutes or longer

Beets, boiled —————-1 hour if young, 3 to 5 hours (old)

Carrots ————————1 to 2 hours

Cabbage ———————-1 hour (young), 2 to 3 hours (old)

Celery ————————–20 to 30 minutes

Spinach ————————20 to 60 minutes or more

Cauliflower ——————-20 to 40 minutes

Summer squash ————20 to 60 minutes

For medicinal purposes, it is better to juice these items rather than eat them raw.  When juicing foods of the Cruciferous family such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, radish, Brussels sprouts, is sure to add kelp (Seaweed vegetable) to it as it can cause iodine deficiency and reduce the thyroid function.


Why Did God Permit Mankind To Eat Flesh? After the flood the people ate largely of animal food. God saw that the ways of man were corrupt, and that he was disposed to exalt himself proudly against his Creator and to follow the inclinations of his own heart. And He permitted that long-lived race to eat animal food to shorten their sinful lives. Soon after the flood the race began to rapidly decrease in size, and in length of years. CD p. 373.3

How Does Flesh Eating Contribute To Disease?

  • Animals are diseased.
  • The body cannot make good flesh and good blood from meat.
  • It is stimulating to the nerves.
  • Hypoxanthine in meat causes it to be addictive, especially the aged meat. If stopped immediately one may feel feverish and weak, however, give it a while and you would be fine. These are withdrawal symptoms associated with eliminating any stimulating and addictive substance.
  • Flesh items (chicken, fish, beef, lamb, pork, and all crustaceans) and its by-products (cheese, milk, whey, etc) are high in animal protein and fat which are foundational causes of all sickness and diseases.
  • Flesh products are related to almost every type of cancer that affects the human body.
  • Shrimp, lobster, crab, conch, wilkes, snails, mussels, squids, catfish, crawfish, til, and like organisms should never be introduced into the stomach because they are difficult to digest and they contain more than 150 mg% of cholesterol, more than double that of lean beef.
  • Fish is loaded with cholesterol and is the second leading cause of allergies and one of the leading causes of cancer because of the high, industrial, chemical pollutants (mercury, cadmium, etc) that are dumped in the seas today.
  • The eating of flesh meats has made a poor quality of blood and flesh. Your systems are in a state of inflammation, prepared to take on disease. You are liable to acute attacks of disease, and to sudden death, because you do not possess the strength of constitution to rally and resist disease. -Testimonies for the Church 2:61.
  • Genesis 9:4 says, But flesh with life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat. The meat is served reeking with fat, because it suits the perverted taste. Both the blood and the fat of animals are consumed as a luxury. But the Lord has given special directions that these should not be eaten. Why? Because their use would make a diseased current of blood in the human system. Disregard of the Lord’s special directions has brought a variety of difficulties and diseases upon human beings… If they introduce into their system that which cannot make good flesh and blood, they must endure the results of the disregard of God’s word. -Unpublished Testimonies, March, 1896.
  • Pork is high in parasites as well as bacterial and viral contamination. It should never be used and should never be introduced into the stomach.

The Effects of Meat Consumption on the Brain

  • Saturated fats and cholesterol clog the arteries of the brain, thereby reducing blood supply to the brain and this can cause a Stroke.
  • Meat depresses electrical activity of the frontal lobe, but stimulates the lower or carnal centres of the brain. To be carnally minded is death: but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. Romans 8:6, 7
  • Meat is the most common source of arachadonic fatty acid, which decreases the production of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine from the frontal lobe therefore impairing mental and physical function.
  • A meat diet is correlated with a 2-3 times higher risk of developing dementia.
  • It is impossible for those who make free use of flesh meats to have an unclouded brain and an active intellect. -Testimonies for the Church 2:62.
  • Eating much flesh will diminish intellectual activity. Students would accomplish much more in their studies if they never tasted meat. When the animal part of the human nature is strengthened by meat eating, the intellectual powers diminish proportionately. -Unpublished Testimonies, November 5, 1896.

The effects of meat consumption and Cancer

  • Cancer of the lymph gland is definitely associated with the amount of meat consumed.
  • Bovine Leukemia Virus (BLV) also known as the cause for lymphosarcoma is thought to be present in as much as 70% of the U.S. dairy cattle. BLV infected cattle can release infectious viruses and lymphocytes in their milk that can be transmitted to humans.
  • Ovarian, breast, colon and prostate cancer have been linked to meat eating.

Many times when meat is eaten, it decays in the stomach, and creates disease. Cancers, tumours, and pulmonary diseases are largely caused by meat eating. CD p. 383.4

Those who use flesh foods little know what they are eating. Often if they could see the animals when living and know the quality of the meat they eat, they would turn from it with loathing. People are continually eating flesh that is filled with tuberculosis and cancerous germs. Tuberculosis, cancer, and other fatal diseases are thus communicated. CD p. 388.4

The eating of pork has produced scrofula, leprosy, and cancerous tumours. Pork eating is still causing the most intense suffering to the human race. CD p. 393.2

Again and again I have been shown that God is trying to lead us back, step by step, to His original design that man should subsist upon the natural products of the earth. CD p. 380.1

Vegetables, fruits, and grains should compose our diet. Not an ounce of flesh meat should enter our stomachs. The eating of flesh is unnatural. We are to return to God’s original purpose in the creation of man. CD p. 380.2

Those who eat flesh are but eating grains and vegetables at second hand; for the animal receives from these things the nutrition that produces growth. The life that was in the grains and vegetables passes into the eater. We receive it by eating the flesh of the animal. How much better to get it direct by eating the food that God provided for our use? CD p. 396.3

The effects of meat consumption and Circulatory System

  • Meat is a major source of saturated fat and cholesterol.
  • Meat contains no fibre in the diet and decreases transmit time through the digestive system.
  • High animal protein consumption damages the nephrons of the kidneys and eventually leads to Hypertension.
  • Processed animal products are usually high in sodium thus aggravating Hypertension.


The use of unnatural stimulants is destructive to health, and has a benumbing influence upon the brain, making it impossible to appreciate eternal things. -Testimonies for the Church Vol 1 p.549.

The stomach mechanically and chemically digests food to pass on to the small intestine for further processing.

There is a tender coating on the inner walls of the stomach and we need to take care of it by avoiding any activity, which can irritate or scar the walls of the stomach which can lead to several gastric conditions, including Acid Reflux, Hiatal Hernias, GERD, Peptic Ulcers, Gastritis etc.

Normally there is a balance in the stomach between the acid gastric juices and the protective regenerative nature of the mucosa lining of the stomach. When this balance is thrown off, the stage is set for the development of a peptic ulcer, which is a chronic, solitary erosion of a portion of the inner lining of the stomach.

Drawback of Spices

  • They irritate the stomach: the action of piquant spices such as pepper on the stomach is similar to that of aspirin. This has been proven by placing small amounts of pepper (red or black) or aspirin in the stomachs of healthy persons. As endoscope was used to observe the effects of both on the gastric mucosa: -reddening and increase of gastric secretions and -tiny hemorrhages or significant bleeding.
  • Spices together with a certain medications and alcohol predispose the body to gastritis and gastric hemorrhage.
  • They produce allergies: There are numerous cases of spice-caused facial (itchy nose, sneezing, coughing), digestive (abdominal pain, anal discomfort) or cutaneous (atopy) allergic reactions. EFHP Vol. 1 p. 339

You can make your own condiments and spices, which are quick, delicious and healthy without side effects as mentioned above.

Condiments, spices, and fermented items irritate the stomach. It can also elevate the blood pressure as well as significantly cause other harmful health conditions.

Proper care of your stomach will include the following guidelines.

  • Avoid all condiments, mustards, mayonnaise, vegannaise, mayonnaise, ketchup, vinaigrette dressings, Worcestershire sauce, barbecue sauces. If you are insistent on using any of the above condiments, there are various cookbooks for numerous healthy substitutes.
  • Avoid all fermented items. These items include but are not limited to: Vinaigrette dressings, vinegar, apple cider, alcohol, soy sauces, miso, tempeh, tamari, and items of like character.
  • Vinegar is fermented alcohol it poisons the blood and makes it impure.
  • Sugar and vinegar combined as in ketchup, can lead to impure thoughts, and to Leukaemia. -Cancer of the Blood.
  • Vinegar also depletes calcium phosphate from bones and teeth thus weakening them.
  • The inflamed condition of the drunkard’s stomach is often pictured as illustrating the effect of alcohol liquors. A similarly inflamed condition is produced by the use of irritating condiments. CD p. 339
  • A tendency to disease of various kinds, as dropsy, liver complaint, trembling nerves, and a determination of the blood to the head, results from a habitual use of sour cider. By its use, many bring upon themselves permanent disease. Some die of consumption, or fall under the power of apoplexy from this cause alone. Some suffer from dyspepsia. Every vital function refuses to act, and the physicians tell them that they have liver complaint. -The Review and Herald, March 25, 1884.
  • Avoid spices: ginger, mauby, all energy drinks, curry, nutmeg, mace, cinnamon, clove.
  • Spices at first irritate the tender coating of the stomach, but finally destroy the natural sensitiveness of this delicate membrane.  The blood becomes fevered, the animal propensities are aroused, while the moral and intellectual powers are weakened, and become servants to the baser passions.  HL p. 93.1
  • Most spices can be used for medicinal purposes; that include vinegar for external uses as in treating a sore foot, but not for dietary uses.  When spices are used as part of regular diet it can also elevate the blood pressure.  For example: Cinnamon.  Where one has a healthy stomach, Cinnamon will interfere with the secretion of gastric juices.  This causes increase in appetite and enhances the digestive function.  It is also useful for persons suffering from lack of appetite, bloated stomach caused by a dilated stomach and flatulence when caused by lack of gastric juice.  However, in cases of excessive gastric juices as in gastro-duodenal ulcer, Cinnamon should not be used.  See Pamplona-Roger: Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants Vol. 2
  • Spices irritate the stomach; it causes reddening and increases of the gastric secretions.  This can also contribute to cancer (stomach cancer, ulcers, and perforated ulcers).
  • Avoid all hot peppers (including but not limited to chilli peppers, black and white peppers, cayenne pepper, scotch bonnet, bird pepper, hot pepper sauces, and so forth) are related to cancer of the stomach and hypertension.  They are also stimulants and should be avoided.
  • Nutmeg contains a toxic alkaloid called myristicin whose narcotic or drug effect depresses the central nervous system. However it can be used medicinally to reverse a stroke but should not be used as part of the diet.


  • Avoid all carbonated drinks: energy drinks, sweetened waters, purified waters (in many cases, it contains baking soda).
  • In sodas extra sugar intake produces:
  • Unbalanced nutrition
  • Extra fat storage
  • Uneven blood sugar
  • Delayed digestion
  • Phosphoric acid which depletes calcium from bones.
  • Vitamin waters should be avoided because they destroy the calcium in the body.
  • Avoid the constant use of juice. It should be used sparingly; it should be considered a treat. Juice is robbed of the necessary fibre the body needs for regularity of bowel movement.


  • Herbal teas should not be used as part of the daily diet but can be used medicinally so that the body can recognize it as a healing agent and harmoniously bring about life and strength. When these medicinal herbs are used too often as part of the diet, the body becomes immune to it and therefore, in sickness when the herb is needed for healing, it cannot be effective in doing its work.
  • Herbal teas have its special purpose in the body and you should be aware of them before consuming them as a luxury. For example: Stinging-nettle tea. If you have high blood pressure or cholesterol it should not be used as it constricts the arteries. However, it reduces the blood sugar level for diabetics.

Avoid green tea, black tea, sweet tea, chai tea; Lipton iced tea, red tea, and Pico tea. These teas contain phenolic tannis, which prevent the absorption of iron, which leads to anaemia. Tea also destroys vitamin B1. Vitamin B1 deficiency leads to Parkinson’s disease, neuralgia, glaucoma and depression.

  • Tea, coffee and tobacco are stimulating and contain poisons. CD p. 420
  • Diseases of every stripe and type have been brought upon human beings by the use of tea and coffee and the narcotics, opium and tobacco. CD p. 421
  • All these nerve irritants are wearing away the life forces…. CD p. 422

To a certain extent, tea produces intoxication. It enters into the circulation, and gradually impairs the energy of body and mind. It stimulates, excites, and quickens the motion of the living machinery, forcing it to unnatural action, and thus gives the tea drinker the impression that it is doing him great service, imparting to him strength. This is a mistake. Tea draws upon the strength of the nerves, and leaves them greatly weakened. When its influence is gone and the increased action caused by its use is abated, then what is the result? Languor and debility corresponding to the artificial vivacity the tea imparted. When the system is already overtaxed and needs rest, the use of tea spurs up nature by stimulation to perform unwonted, unnatural action, and thereby lessens her power to perform, and her ability to endure; and her powers give out long before Heaven designed they should. Tea is poisonous to the system. Christians should let it alone…

The second effect of tea drinking is headache, wakefulness, palpitation of the heart, indigestion, trembling of the nerves, and many other evils. -Testimonies for the Church Vol 2 p.64, 65.


Coffee is highly stimulating to the nervous system. It creates addiction or dependency, abstinence syndrome, and it’s harmful to health.

While some persons feel that a moderate amount of coffee is safe, it can cause several disorders in the human body. Coffee users increase their risk for myocardinal infraction, increased mammary nodules which increase the risk of fibrocystic dysplasia, osteoporosis because of calcium loss, high blood cholesterol, greater errors in intellectual performance, high blood pressure, increased stomach acid and raise the risk of urinary bladder cancer.

Cocoa, Chocolate

COCOA- theobromine in the cocoa bean contains a similar alkaloid like coffee. While it has a lesser impact on the central nervous system, than caffeine; it stimulates the heart to a greater degree. The older or darker the chocolate, the greater amount of theobromine it contains.

CHOCOLATE- contains caffeine, it gives a high then an all time low and this can depress the mind.

Effects of coffee, cocoa, chocolate:

  • Can cause insomnia
  • It over stimulates the nervous system
  • Causes stomach irritation
  • Elevates blood pressure
  • Restricts the blood vessels
  • Depletes calcium and irritates the kidneys
  • Is addictive
  • Increases production of urine
  • Causes tremors
  • Restlessness
  • Anxiety


The only safe course is to touch not, handle not, tea, coffee, wines, tobacco, opium, and alcoholic drinks.–Testimonies for the Church Vol.3 p. 488.

  • Avoid all wines and alcoholic beverages completely.  Woman who consume one glass of wine every fifteen days increase the risk of breast cancer by 60 percent.
  • Alcohol promotes high blood pressure, is toxic to the heart, muscle, has excess calories, stores as fat in the liver, depresses respiratory functions, and causes permanent brain damage.
  • Beer contains alcohol and can lead to the need for stronger stimulating drink.
  • Persons may become just as really intoxicated on wine and cider as on stronger drinks, and the worst kind of inebriation is produced by these so-called milder drinks.  The passions are more perverse; the transformation of character is greater, more determined and obstinate. A few quarts of cider or sweet wine may awaken a taste for strong drinks, and many who have become confirmed drunkards have thus laid the foundation of the drinking habit….Modern drinking is the school in which men are receiving an education for the drunkard’s career.  The taste for stimulants is cultivated; the nervous system is disordered; Satan keeps the mind in a fever of unrest; and the poor victim, imagining himself perfectly secure, goes on and on, until every barrier is broken down, every principle sacrificed.–The Review and Herald, March 25, 1884.
  • Liquor-drinking men may be seen everywhere.  There intellect is enfeebled, their moral powers are weakened, their sensibilities are benumbed, and the claims of God and heaven are not realized, eternal things are not appreciated.  The Bible declares that no drunkard shall inherit the kingdom of God…. Intemperance of any kind is the worst kind of selfishness.–Testimonies for the Church Vol. 4 p. 30, 31.

What would you recommend to cure such an appetite?

Sign the pledge of total abstinence. 

You are not your own; you are God’s property.  He has purchased you with an infinite price, and every faculty is to be employed in his service.  Keep your body in a healthy condition to do his will; keep your intellect clear and active to think candidly and critically, and to control all your powers.

Thousands who are afflicted might recover their health if, instead of depending upon the drugstore for their life, they would discard all drugs, and live simply, without using tea, coffee, liquor, or spices, which irritate the stomach and leave it weak, unable to digest even simple food without stimulation.  Manuscript 115, 1903.


  • Did you know that one orange with 53.2 mg of vitamin C is superior to 500 mg of supplemental vitamin C because of the 170 phytochemicals that are present in the natural orange?
  • The red bell pepper has four times more vitamin C than orange juice.
  • Did you know that black strap molasses has 2,492 mg per 100 edible grams of potassium versus 396 mg of that of banana?
  • Do not use vitamins or supplements unless you have been tested and found to be deficient in a certain vitamin or mineral and you cannot get it in sufficient amounts in the use of fruits, grains, nuts and vegetables in their natural state.  For example, did you know that 100 grams of sesame seeds is equivalent to 975 mg of calcium, far more than the 123 mg of milk of the same serving size?  Likewise, 100 grams of black strap molasses is equivalent to 860 mg of calcium.  Both the black strap molasses and the sesame seed have a greater absorption rate because these items possess all of the facilitators needed than any supplemental vitamins.

A study reported in the Archives of Internal Medicine (October 11) showed that women between the ages of 55 to 69, who commonly used dietary vitamin and mineral supplements, including multivitamins, vitamins B6, and folic acid, as well as mineral iron, magnesium, zinc, and copper, were associated with a higher risk of total mortality.

Studies show that men taking multivitamin pills seven or more times per week had double the risk of death from prostate cancer.  J. Nat. Cancer Inst. 2007; 99 (10): 754-764

  • Avoid capsules and/or caplets unless they say 100 percent vegetarian or are plant based.  Many such capsules and/or caplets may contain gelatin from either pork or beef sources.


Do not eat fresh bread. (MH 315)

Why is fresh bread not good for you to eat?

The yeast in the fresh bread is still alive within the first 48 hours and this can cause bloatedness of the stomach or even Candida.

Bread should be light and sweet.  Not the least taint of sourness should be tolerated.  The loaves should be small, and so thoroughly baked that, as far as possible, the yeast germs shall be destroyed.  When hot, or new, raised bread of any kind is difficult of digestion.  It should never appear on the table.  This rule does not, however, apply to unleavened bread.  Fresh rolls made of wheaten meal, without yeast or leaven, and baked in a well-heated oven, are both wholesome and palatable.  CD p. 316.4

Sodium Bicarbonate

The use of soda or baking powder in bread making is harmful and unnecessary.  Soda causes inflammation of the stomach, and often poisons the entire system.  CD p. 342

Many housewives think that they cannot make good bread without soda, but this is an error.  If they would take the trouble to learn better methods, their bread would be more wholesome, and to a natural taste, it would be more palatable.  CD p. 342,565



Sodium bicarbonate found in baking powder and baking soda irritates the stomach and causes the PH level in the stomach to remain high, thus preventing the manufacture of the intrinsic factor which is essential in breaking down protein in stomach and the absorption of vitamin B12 in the small intestines.

  • Normal PH level of the blood is 7.35 – 7.45
  • To digest plant based protein, the stomach needs to be acidic at 3.35
  • To digest animal based protein, the stomach needs to be acidic at 1.35
  • If the PH level remains high in the stomach due to baking powder intake, it makes it difficult for protein to be digested
  • Too much protein in the stomach would affect the kidneys

It would be wise therefore, to avoid the use of items containing sodium bicarbonate.  However, a good substitute for baking powder is Flaxseed Gel which you can prepare.


Do you eat refined white products (i.e. white bread, white rice, white flour products, etc…)?

For disease reversal, take out all white items from the diet unless they are naturally white such as potatoes or eddoes.  Refined white products convert to sugar and greatly raises the sugar level, whereas, the fibre in the whole grain will control the sugar level and help to keep it low.  Diabetics need to avoid these items.

Grains used for porridge or mush should have several hours of cooking.  CD p.314, 489

The grain has three parts, the bran, the endosperm and the germ.

Benefits of the Bran

  • Fibre
  • It prevents constipation
  • It reduces cholesterol levels
  • It reduces the risk of diverticulitis, colon cancer, coronary disease and breast cancer

Drawback in bran

The major drawback in bran is its phytate content:

  • Phytates are the salts of phytic acid, which are found in grain bran (200-800mg/100g), and also in nuts and legumes.
  • They are very active substances whose effects are both positive and negative.

Positive effects of Phytates  

  • Antioxidant:  When phytates combine with iron, behaves like a free radical of intense oxidizing action, they prevent an excess of this mineral from harming the intestinal lining.
  • Anticarcinogenic:  It has a cancer-preventative action that whole grains possess.

Negative effects of phytates

  • Phytates in the bran if not destroyed prevents the absorption of iron, zinc, calcium, magnesium, proteins and starches.
  • Soaking, heat, fermentation, and sprouting can destroy it.

We should aim to destroy phytates in the grain before using it in order to benefit from its positive effects and avoid its negative impact.

Germ is useful for:

  • Nervous system, disorders – it is rich in Vitamin B
  • Cancer, cardiac disease – it halts degenerative cellular processes
  •  Diabetes – it lowers the glucose level
  • Prevents constipation
  • Reduces cholesterol levels
  • Reduces the risk of diverticulitis, colon cancer, coronary disease and breast cancer

Nutrients in the Germ includes:

  • Proteins
  • Essential fatty acids
  • Vitamin B1, B2, B6, niacin, and folates
  • Vitamin E – a powerful antioxidant
  • Minerals – Particularly phosphorus, magnesium, iron, and trace elements
  • Enzymes – antioxidant superoxide-dismutase wheat germ

(See Encyclopedia of Foods and their Healing Power Vol. 1)

All grains should be cooked for at least 3 hours.  This is required to break down the phytic acid and other toxins in the bran which if not destroyed prevent the absorption of zinc, calcium, iron, magnesium, protein and starches.

Examples of grains:  

Brown rice, Wild rice, millet, oats, Barley, Bulgar (cracked wheat), Rye, Spelt, *Amaranth, *Quinoa, *Buckwheat (*Seed – psuedo grain – does not require 3 hours cooking)

Brown Rice

Boil rice in sufficient water on low heat for at least 3 hours. Or Toast rice in oven at 170-200 for 2 1/2 hours, then store for later use when it will be cooked on low heat for at least 30 minutes.  Or put rice in tray of water and salt and bake for 3 hours at 300 degrees.


Old fashioned oats should be cooked slowly for at least 3 hours to make sure all the starch is broken down in this grain.

A study of people over age 30 found out that there were legions on the brain caused by under-cooked starches.

To prepare:  Toast oats in oven at 170-200 for 3 hours, then store for later use.


Why is it not safe for dairy products to be eaten now?

  • Animals are more diseased now than before.
  • Hormones, antibiotics and other chemicals injected into the animals are passed on in their flesh and by-products (milk, cheese, butter, ice-cream, cakes etc.  When you eat these items the chemicals are passed on to the eater thus causing negative changes in your body.


  • Cheese should never be introduced into the stomach….it is still more objectionable; it is wholly unfit for food.  CD p. 368
  • Cheese from animal sources elevates cholesterol and causes high blood pressure; not to mention it is fermented and contains a chemical called tyramine, which causes the brain to send off false signals.  This causes the individual to be delusional and see and hear things that are not present or elevate the blood pressure.
  • Cheese is the number one cause of artery blockage, it is the leading cause of allergies, it contains the animal protein casein, even vegetable cheese, which is difficult to digest.


Milk is derived from mammals, and many find dairy milk to be quite palatable and use it as part of their diet in many forms.  However, problems associated with the use of dairy milk:

  • It contains high fat and cholesterol
  • It has no fibre
  • It burdens the digestive system
  • Intolerance can lead to intestinal bleeding
  • It causes allergies
  • It turns on the cancer gene
  • It triggers Diabetes
  • It afflicts the Prostate
  • Its high protein intake along with other sources of protein leaches calcium from the bones
  • Milk is one of the leading causes of allergies, childhood (juvenile diabetes and prostate cancer.  Milk is also mucous forming.
  • The combination of milk and sugar causes fermentation in the stomach and poisons the blood.


Plant based fats are preferable to animal fats.  Despite popular belief, Avocado, in fact, lowers cholesterol.  However, avocado, nuts and coconut should be eaten in moderation because of their high fat and oil content.

The oil in the olive relieves constipation, and for consumptives, and for those who have inflamed, irritated stomachs, it is better than any drug.  As a food it is better than any oil coming second-hand from animals.  CD p. 349.4



When properly prepared, olives, like nuts, supply the place of butter and flesh meats.  The oil, as eaten in the olive, is far preferable to animal oil or fat.  CD p. 350

There are several nutrients to be gained by use of nuts and seeds, such as magnesium, selenium and potassium.

Nuts or oils eaten at the end of a meal constitutes fat at the end of the meal, which takes longer to digest, and would sustain us until the next meal.

Adventist Health Study 1 shows that eating nuts at least 5 times a week reduced the risk of heart attack by 50%.


There are many types of oil on the market and it can be difficult to select oil for use.  The following consideration needs to be made when choosing oil in your diet.

  • Vegetable oils when heated break down its molecular structure and so loose its value.
  • Olive oil is the king of all oils.  It is most stable under high temperatures.  EFHP Vol.1p.113 and p.122
  • Canola oil comes from the GMO rapeseed plant.  It has a toxic element called uric acid that is toxic to the coronary artery system.
  • Margarine or butter is saturated fat, which the body cannot digest.  Undigested fat passes out or stores as fat in the body.  It is an animal product and so contains cholesterol.  Butter causes Cholesterol to jump by 20% in a few hours after use.


  • Sugar is not good for the stomach. It causes fermentation and this cloud the brain and brings peevishness into the disposition. CD p. 327
  • It clogs the system …affects the brain directly and …sugar when largely used, is more injurious than meat. CD p. 328

Use natural sweeteners such as:

Honey, maple syrup, dates, raisins, molasses, banana, cane juice.

Natural sweeteners have several nutrients in them as well as fibre, unlike crystallized sugar, which is stripped of nutrients, causes tooth decay and is destructive to the cells in the inner lining of the blood vessels.

Ice Cream

Food should not be eaten very hot or very cold. If food is cold, the vital force of the stomach is drawn upon in order to warm it before digestion can take place. Cold drinks are injurious for the same reason; while the free use of hot drinks is debilitating. CD p. 106.3

Ice cream is cold at 32 degrees F but the body is warm at 98.6 degrees F therefore the stomach needs to heat up the cold item to body temperature before it can be digested, mean while, the food begins to ferment and cause bad blood.

Large quantities of milk and sugar eaten together are injurious. They impart impurities to the system. Animals from which milk is obtained are not always healthy as they may be diseased. A cow may be apparently well in the morning and die before night. Then she was diseased in the morning, and her milk was diseased, but you did not know it. The animal creation is diseased. Flesh meats are diseased. Could we know that animals were in perfect health, I would recommend that people eat flesh meats sooner than large quantities of milk and sugar. CD p. 330.3

Especially harmful are the custards and pudding in which milk, eggs, and sugar are the chief ingredients. The free use of milk and sugar taken together should be avoided. CD p. 331 art 536


The highly seasoned flesh meats and tea and coffee, which some mothers encourage their children to use, prepare the way for them to crave stronger stimulants, as tobacco. -Testimonies for the Church Vol. 3 p. 488.

Habits and Nutrition

  • Eating and drinking together causes food to ferment in the stomach; thus, producing as much 32 oz of alcohol in the body. Have you ever wondered why Christians have beer bellies and they don’t drink liquor?
  • All meals should be eaten on a regular schedule, 7 days a week, with no more than a 30 minutes time difference in schedule. Meals should be eaten at least 5 to 6 hours apart.
  • Even temperature is essential to good circulation. Clothing should cover the extremities (arms and legs) in cold weather. Clothing should not be too scanty and short. When clothing does not cover the arms and legs in cold weather, the blood rushes to protect the organs and causes a concentration of blood to the heart and the trunk are. This can interfere with digestion of food, if there is too much blood in the stomach area.
  • If you feel you must have supper, then it should be a light supper. For example, fresh fruit and whole wheat or other whole grain crackers can be eaten. However, this meal should be taken at least several hours before going to bed.
  • To learn more on Nutrition, it is recommended that you read the book Counsels on Diet and Foods.
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