Super Foods of the Bible Trying to eat healthy? Start by opening your Bible.....
Trying to eat healthy? Start by opening your Bible to Deuteronomy 8:8, where the Israelites are promised "a good land…, a land of wheat and barley, of vines, figs, and pomegranates, a land of olive trees and honey." The ancients might not have known the word “antioxidant,” but they were onto something with this list of biblical "super-foods." Lets explore exactly how on-target they were. Grapes >> Rich in antioxidants, grapes may provide protection against cardiovascular disease, and bad cholesterol. Wheat >> A diet rich in whole grains can boost your energy level and lower your risk of type-2 diabetes, gallstones, and other health issues. Barley >> High in fiber, barley is good for intestinal health and can lower cholesterol and reduce your risk of colon cancer and type-2 diabetes if eaten regularly. Barley also has been shown to help reduce the symptoms of arthritis. Figs >> These sweet fruits, eaten either dried or fresh, are high in potassium, a mineral that helps control blood pressure. They are also high in dietary fiber, which may help you lose weight, and they are a fruit source of calcium, which can help preserve bone density. Fig leaves, which are not typically eaten but can be made into an extract, are thought to help lower insulin levels in diabetics. Pomegranate >> The fruits are rich in antioxidants, and it helps prevent blood clots, and regulate healthy cholesterol. Pomegranates may also help reduce the risk of breast cancer and lessen the symptoms of arthritis. Olives >> Olives, and extra-virgin oil, contain antioxidants that are thought to protect against bad cholesterol. They also are high in monounsaturated fatty acids, which are called "the healing fats" because they lower the effects of "bad" cholesterol while raising "good" cholesterol levels. High in vitamin E, olive oil also is thought to protect against colon cancer, and it is helpful in fighting gastritis and other stomach ailments. Honey >> Raw honey, in addition to being a natural sweetener, is replete with antioxidants and is considered to be an anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal substance. It is thought to have tumor-fighting properties, and may help prevent colon cancer.The daily consumption of a spoonful of honey is said to increase antioxidant levels in the blood, and is the healthiest sweetener for type-2 diabetics. Honey also may have wound-healing and muscle-regenerating properties.
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