Nutrition is at the top of the list in importance for health. Many diseases can be prevented, caused or cured by what we eat. Foods can give life or cause premature death. The Lord created every food that is good for us to eat with the proper balance of nutrients to give health.
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 a vigor of intellect, that are not afforded by a more complex and stimulating diet.” (CD p. 81.2)
The cells of our body require the different foods groups in order for it to be well nourished. The three main constituents of food are: Protein, Carbohydrates and Fats. A total plant-based diet does give sufficient protein, carbohydrates and fats and other vitamins and minerals for excellent body function.
If we want to be as healthy as possible, we should choose the most nourishing foods possible.