One of the ironies of human history has been true from Biblical times until modern era. The common man has always envied the rich delicacies of the “privileged” classes. But these are usually the dishes that are far more likely to do you in before your time. Significantly, healing foods in the Bible come mainly from the diet of the common people. And if we all knew what was good for us, rich or poor we would eat a peasant’s diet. Daniel (Babylonian name: Belteshazzar) and the three Hebrew boys Hananiah (Babylonian name: Shadrach), Mishael (Babylonian name: Meshach) and Azariah (Babylonian name: Abednego) ate for ten days what was called pulse (vegetables) because they did not want to eat the Babylonian King’s food (Daniel 1:6,7-20).
One of the best-known Biblical fruits, grapes contain substances capable of killing viruses, including polio and herpes simplex, Canadian experiments found. While no one has yet confirmed that this effect occurs when people eat grapes, animal studies strongly suggest it may. Scientists believe polyphenol and tannin compounds are responsible. There is other evidence that grape juice can kill bacteria and halt tooth decay. Thanks to a high caffeic acid, grapes may also help to prevent cancer, studies indicate.
The prophet Isaiah used a “lump of figs” to treat the Israelite King Hezekiah, who was “sick unto death” from what was some type of boil (II Kings 20:9),(Isaiah 38:21). Significantly, the treatment was successful. From Biblical times to modern era, people have recognized the startling healing properties of figs. Today, Japanese scientists have isolated a cancer-fighting chemical called benzaldehyde in figs, and they are adding it to treatment preparations. The substance has actually proven more effective on human malignant tumors than on experimental tumors in mice revealed investigators of the Institute of Physical and Chemical Research in Tokyo, Japan. A U.S. Department of Agriculture study discovered that figs have the ability to curtail appetite and improve weight loss efforts. Enzymes in figs called “ficins” also aid digestion, and fig juice has demonstrated the ability to kill bacteria.
Beans are really “seed” foods that constitute part of the “original diet”. Beans can be lump together such as lentils, navy, pinto, great northern, lima, kidney, white, black, and peas. they provide the best vegetable protein. The therapeutic value of beans are many. They corral dangerous LDL cholesterol and improve the ratio of “good’ HDL cholesterol. They contain chemicals which may prevent cancer formation. They regulate insulin and blood sugar levels, reduce high blood pressure and prevent constipation, and bowel disorders. Beans are high in fiber. Other research indicates beans also contain protease inhibitors, chemicals which block the cancer development process. Also present are compounds called lignans, which the body converts into hormones and can inhibit the growth of cancers of the breast and colon, researchers say.
There is many other Biblical healing foods that we could eat to make us healthier. Moderation is the key to better health.