Are there biblical dietary laws?

Question: “Are there biblical dietary laws that we should be following?”

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This shall be a perpetual statute throughout your generations in all your dwellings: you shall eat neither fat nor blood (Leviticus 3:17). While modern science has confirmed the health benefits of oil, such as olive oil, it has also confirmed the health problems of fats, especially man made fats like hydrogenated fats.  

Science has only recently discovered what God told Moses thousands of years ago. In Genesis 1:29, 2:16, and 9:3, we learn that God gave mankind fruits, vegetables and grains for food that promotes health.

Science has confirmed that It is not good to eat much honey (Proverbs 25:16 and 27).  Honey is considered refined carbohydrates (by the bees) as are refined sugar and flour. Refined sugar and flour have been stripped of vital nutrients and fiber.  Most Americans consume over 120 pounds of sugar a year and has been shown to be a major cause of diabetes and many other related problems. For example, white flour is also broken down into sugar more that ten times faster than whole wheat flour, causing a spike in the blood sugar level and a sudden need for the body to attempt to manage the excess sugar.

Some people believe it is wrong to eat meat.  But God said, You are to determine the amount of lamb needed in accordance with what each person will eat (Exodus 12:4). This was part of the Passover celebration.  God also said, these are the animals which you may eat (Deuteronomy 14:4). Abraham served meat to two angelic beings and the Lord. Christ served fish to His disciples (John 21:9-13). And Paul said, Whoever eats meat does so to the Lord, for they give thanks to God; and whoever abstains does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God (Romans 14:6).

The Bible provides us with guidance and warns us against dietary extremes and excesses.  A diet with lots of vegetables and fruits, some fish and chicken, very little beef, minimal processed and refined sugars and carbohydrates, and oil rather than fats, especially man made fats, is desirable and promotes health.

Many studies have confirmed that the one diet that provides longest life and the greatest level of health contain mostly fruits and vegetables, and to a lesser degree, legumes (beans, lentils, peas, and peanuts), whole grains, nuts, and a small amount of fish once or twice a week.

Then a voice told him, “Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.” “Surely not, Lord!” Peter replied. “I have never eaten anything impure or unclean.” The voice spoke to him a second time, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean” (Acts 10:13-15).

Paul declares all food is clean.  Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All food is clean (Romans 14:20). However, Paul also warns us not to eat anything in front of our brother that will hurt our brother’s faith, and to not look down on a brother who believes in eating or not eating anything contrary to our belief (Romans 14).

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