Is the diet of the Garden of Eden sufficient for us today?

Hello D,

Thank you for contacting BibleAsk.

The Eden diet was given by God as recorded in the Bible:

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” (Genesis 1:29).

The original diet for the human race, known as the Eden diet, was a vegetarian diet of fruits, grains, and nuts.

God added vegetables to the human diet after they sinned and could no longer eat from the tree of life. “Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things” (Genesis 9:3). Also, man was allowed to eat the flesh of clean animals which are listed in (Deut. 14 and Leviticus 11).

From that time on it took over 12 generations before the life span of man was reduced from the 900 year span to about 120 years. This was due in part to the animal products introduced just after the flood, the increase in the cooking of foods and decrease in the eating of green plants.

And why don’t humans live for 120 years today? With the cooking of meat there probably came a gradual increase in the cooking of vegetables and fruits as well. Cooking decreases the nutritional value in fresh fruits and vegetables. Most of our diet today is either cooked or processed foods that contain large quantities of animal products that may be diseased with high levels of fat. At the same time we eat limited amounts of raw green plants. This is not the optimum healthy diet that God intended. The end result is weak immune systems, sickness, premature aging and early death.

Naturally the ideal diet, is the vegetarian diet.  It’s the original diet. But when adopting the vegetarian diet, it is very important that people plan a well-balanced combinations of different foods in order to obtain all the proper nutrients needed for good health.

In His service,

BibleAsk Team

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