Summary: In order to achieve optimal health we must consider food as the main ingredient in which we are to obtain the nutrition and health that God has designed for our bodies. First of all what is food? What does God consider as being food for mankind?
Optimal Health God's Way
In order to achieve optimal health we must consider food as the main ingredient in which we are to obtain the nutrition and health that God has designed for our bodies. First of all what is food? What does God consider as being food for mankind?
God's definition of food is given in: Gen 1:29 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 food. Hebrew word for herb: eseb meaning herbs grass and plants that are green. The meaning of food according to God is what He created (1 Tim 4:3) in its original form or natural state and to be eaten in the state in which God created it.
The herbs mentioned in Genesis are green plants that have seeds to reproduce other plants and these plants have vegetables on them as the fruit in which we eat. God meant us to eat these vegetables raw and unaltered in any way with chemicals, pesticides or cooking. When man alters these vegetables in any way they cease to be food according to God. If we eat organic vegetables raw they we are eating food according to God's definition. The nation of Israel did little cooking of vegetables, they did cook beans because they were meant to cook to some degree because of the hardness of the bean.
In: 1 Tim 4:3 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. We can see from this verse that in the latter times people will abstain from food which God created. This is an important statement because God is telling us how important it is for us to eat His food which is His creation in the state in which it is created. The fruits on the tree are to be natural without any alterations from man in order to be considered food created by God. All processed sugars contaminate and alter foods and they are in most foods that the grocery stores sell. God gave us fruit on trees for sweet taste.
Whenever the Bible uses the word food it is talking about God's definition of food not man's. Greek word for Foods: broma which means: literally food in the natural form in which God created not to be altered with chemicals or cooking but raw.
God created potatoes and man created potato chips. Deep fry cooking is an alteration from man and one of the most damaging ways to cook because of the high heat and the oil is excessive and goes rancid because of the heat. We really should not eat any dairy sold because of the process that man has done to it makes it not fit for food and is not considered a food according to God. homogenization and pasteurization alters the milk and destroys the body. The only milk we should consume is that which comes straight from the cow. The cow itself cannot have been altered by man in any way or the milk ceases to be food. Even organic dairy has been processed so it is not food any more. Animals can be given growth hormones which alters the milk and the cow must be grass feed so that it can become food according to God. No one really has lactose intolerance. Commercial dairy is not food but a toxin.