Foods for Strength and Health

Choosing foods for strength and health is really pretty simple...

Natural whole foods that are delicious, highly nutritious, and low in toxins are best for both health and strength.  What are they?  

From the beginning, the Creator made all seed-bearing plants for our use for food:

"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 which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat [food].'"  Genesis 1:29

However, He earmarked green vegetation for the beasts of the field:

"And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat."  Genesis 1:30

Contrary to popular belief, you don't need to eat vegetables for health or strength!

Plants can't run from predators, so to protect their above-ground portions from being eaten they produce defensive chemicals. The above-ground portions of plants – the leaves and stems – are typically  richer in bitter-tasting compounds.  The fruit and root portions typically have lower levels of these compounds, and high levels of sugar, starch, or fat, which have a sweet flavor.

Botanical fruits include fleshy and dry types:

As shown, grains and legumes as well as many items commonly considered vegetables (squashes, tomatoes, cucumbers) are actually types of fruits.  

Many plants have a highly successful reproductive strategy that involves producing delicious and highly nutritious seed-bearing fruits; these invite animals to consume the fruits and in the process distribute the seeds, often with a bit of fertilizing manure. If the fruits were toxic, animals would quickly learn to avoid the fruits and the plants' purpose would not be served. 

As I have discussed in Meats & Sweets, our digestive system is basically the same as that of other primates that specialize in eating fruits, known as frugivores.  Therefore it makes sense to emphasize fruits (including all the types listed in the table above), roots and tubers rather than green leafy vegetables in our diets.

Our gut is very similar to that of the spider monkey, which eats a diet that is dominated by fruits (75%).

Unlike canines, cats and other non-human carnivores, all of which are relatively color blind, we have color vision.  This has the primary purpose  of enabling us to detect ripe fruits.    

Unlike other carnivores and like other primates, we have a strong taste for the sweet flavor, which in Nature is provided by fruits, honey and saps of trees. The only purpose of this sweet taste is to guide us to find and consume sweet foods.

Cereal grains and legumes are among the most widely spread of all plants because they provide food for so many animals, including humans.   These plants have given their fruits to Adam-kind as food, and by agriculture Adam-kind has helped the cereal grains and legumes spread across the earth to occupy vast amounts of arable land.

Many underground portions of plants – roots and tubers – are also rich in sweet-tasting starches and sugars and low in bitter-tasting chemicals.  

Our Creator also gave Adam-kind animal flesh, but not blood, for food:

"Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you...But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat."  Genesis 9:3-4

However, He distinguished between clean and unclean beasts, the clean being edible and the unclean not.   He instructed Noah:

"Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens the male and his female: and of the beasts that are not clean, by two, the male and his female."  Genesis 7:2

The LORD willed that we can eat meat to our satisfaction:

"Notwithstanding thou mayest kill and eat flesh in all thy gates, whatsoever thy soul lusteth after, according to the blessing of the LORD thy God which he hath given thee: the clean and the unclean may eat thereof, as of the roebuck, and as of the hart."  Deuteronomy 12:15

"When the LORD thy God shall enlarge thy border, as he hath promised thee, and thou shalt say, I will eat flesh because thy soul length to eat flesh; thou mayest eat flesh, whatsoever thy soul lusteth after."  Deuteronomy 12:20

To enable us to eat flesh, the Creator gave us some gut features similar to carnivores.

For example, our stomach acidity is actually greater than that of typical carnivores and most like that of animals that feed on carrion.  Our stomach pH is 1.5, similar to falcons (1.8), Swainson's hawks (1.6), ferrets (1.5), wandering albatross (1.5) and possums (1.5).  Our stomach is actually more acidic than that of some dogs (beagle, 4.5 pH) and the common cat (3.6 pH).   This suggests we are adapted to a regular intake of animal products that could contain pathogenic bacteria.

In addition we have a high capacity gall bladder, which stores bile for digestion of fats, and is not typically found in animals adapted to very low-fat plant based diets.

However, the Creator commanded that true Israelites must avoid not only the blood but also the excess and visceral fat of animals:

"It shall be a perpetual statute for your generations throughout all your dwellings, that ye eat neither fat nor blood."  Leviticus 3:17

"Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, Ye shall eat no manner of fat, of ox, or of sheep, or of goat.  And the fat of the beast that diet of itself, and the fat of that which is torn with beasts, may be used in any other use: but ye shall in no wise eat of it.  For whosoever earth the fat of the beast, of which men offer and offering made by fire unto the LORD, even the soul that eateth it shall be cut off from his people." Leviticus 7:24-25

We now have good evidence that a diet high in total fat (i.e. greater than 25% fat) promotes obesity (by increasing dietary energy density), and a likely promoter of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and other maladies.

Good foods for strength and health

The best foods for strength and health are those that we find delicious, easily digestible and highly nutritious, including:

  • Fruits of all types, including both fleshy sweet fruits – such as apples, oranges, and blueberries –, and dry starchy or oily fruits – such as winter squashes, grains, legumes, nuts and seeds.
  • Roots and tubers, such as carrots, potatoes, and sweet potatoes
  • Milk and milk products (yogurt, cheese, etc.)
  • Meat, including connective tissue (gelatin/collagen, bones/bone broth), but excluding fat and blood
  • Eggs
  • Honey and tree saps

Leafy vegetables – particularly those in the cabbage family – are optional, can be used as desired, in modest amounts, preferably cooked or fermented. 

After He conquered death, Jesus the Christ Himself made a meal of fruit and meat for His disciples, the fruit portion provided by bread, likely made from barley grain and the meat portion provided by fish from the sea of Tiberias:

"Jesus then cometh, and taketh bread, and giveth them, and fish likewise."  John 21:13

A diet consisting of a broad selection of fruits and lean animal products can meet all essential nutrient requirements.  The optimum proportion of fruit to animal products will vary from person to person.  Each person needs to find his/her own sweet spot, which may even vary from time to time, depending on physiological needs and goals.  For example, if you want to reduce body fat, you can use the evidence-based Best Fat Loss Diet

Eat tasty natural foods for strength and health!

You don't have to eat unpalatable plants or fake foods for strength and health.  Ditch the protein powders, man-made fake meats, and refined carbohydrates in favor of Natural meats and sweets!  Learn more about this approach in Meats & Sweets: A High Vitality Diet e-book available on Kindle.

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