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Nutrition in the Bible

Nutrition in the Bible | June 19, 2010 Order Info

Scripture: Genesis 1:26-30; Genesis 7:1, 2; Genesis 8:20; Leviticus 11; Deuteronomy 14; Proverbs 23:19-21; Acts 10:1-28; Romans 14:17; 1 Timothy 4:1-5.

Laura J. Martin, M.D. reviewed an article by Denise Mann that was published in the healthy eating and diet section of WebMD June 15, 2010 that takes aim at obesity. According to the article, two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese.

A 13-member board of scientists and nutritionists has been commissioned to come up with the 2010 dietary guidelines due out by the end of this year. Dietary guidelines are updated every five years.

The board’s challenge is to help curb obesity, “the single greatest threat to public health in this century”. They are asking for comment from the general public for one-month on the new guidelines which include the following:

  • Reduce sodium intake from 2,300 milligrams to 1,500 milligrams per day.
  • Stress a vegetarian-style diet rich in vegetables, cooked dry beans and peas, fruits, whole grains, nuts, and seeds with only moderate amounts of lean meats, poultry and eggs.
  • Cut back on sugary sodas and beverages
  • Eat less saturated fat
  • Eat more seafood and low-fat dairy products
  • Increase physical activity to at least 2 and ½ hours of moderate-intensity physical activity or 1and ¼ hours of vigorous-intensity activity each week for adults and an hour or more of moderate to vigorous activity each day for children and teens.
  • Step up nutrition education
  • Motivate families to cook more healthfully with improved access to fresh fruits and vegetables.1
Sound familiar? Your Bible study group may wish to contribute to the public comment based on our study this week. In the United States, dietary guidelines are issued by the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services.

Adding her comment, Margo G. Wootan, Ph.D. who is the Director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, suggests the need for a shift in the food environment. It is Wootan’s opinion that the majority of choices at restaurants are unhealthy. She feels that the majority of options need to be healthy with only a couple of “splurge options for special occasions”.2

Summer is frequently a time for family reunions or vacations where people with different taste buds gather. It would be prudent to remember the words from our lesson that “It [following a fruit, grain and nut diet] does not make us righteous, it does not make us holy, and it certainly does not put us in a position to judge those who do not eat the way we think is best.” 3

Comparing the original diet as outlined in the Bible with the diet being promoted by scientists and nutritionists today may be a good way to find common ground.


1. WebMD
3.Authors comment, “Nutrition in the Bible", June 17.

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