6 Free Food and Nutrition Apps

1. Start Simple healthy eating APP

Meet healthy eating goals one at a time! Use the Start Simple with MyPlate App to pick simple daily food goals, see real-time progress, and earn badges along the way. This easy-to-use app can help you make positive changes. Healthy eating can help you achieve a healthier life overall. Get started with Start Simple with MyPlate! 

Pick Your Goals

  • Set goals within food groups (Fruits, Vegetables, Grains, Protein Foods, Dairy)
  • Choose from a variety of food goals or use the “Pick for me!” feature if you want ready-made goals and tips
  • Sync up to your smartwatch (or do it all on your mobile device)
     

See Real-Time Progress

  • See daily progress in each food group as you meet your goals
  • Get simple how-to tips to help you meet your goals
  • Select options for notifications and reminders
     

Get The Simple with MyPlate App

2. The FoodKeeper APP

The FoodKeeper helps you understand food and beverage storage. It will help you maximize the freshness and quality of items. By doing so you will be able to keep items fresh longer than if they were not stored properly. It was developed by the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, with Cornell University and the Food Marketing Institute.

Get The FoodKeeper APP

3. BAM! Dining Decisions App

Download the Dining Decisions game to your iPadexternal iconiPhoneexternal icon, or Android deviceexternal icon and see how healthy you can make your food plate!

Kendra, the food expert, will help you make smart food choices to stay powered up. Dining Decisions places you in control of your food plate. Decide which foods give you more energy and powerful muscles and which ones are better to eat only sometimes

4. HerbList App

Put an herb database in the palm of your hand

The herb info you need in an on-the-go package
HerbList gives you fast, free access to science-based summaries on more than 50 popular herbs, such as aloe, chamomile, ginger, and turmeric. Features include:

  • Information on the herbs’ common names, history, and uses, plus what the science says about their effectiveness for health purposes
  • Easy-to-find facts on potential safety problems, side effects, and herb-drug interactions
  • A quick way to select your favorites, so that you can talk about them later with your doctor or pharmacist
  • The option to work offline! No Internet connection is required for in-app navigation.

Find out what the science says about popular herbs
Shopping for herbal products? Take your herb database with you to the supermarket or drugstore. With HerbList on your phone or tablet, you’ll have information on the science and safety of popular herbs at your fingertips when you need it most.

Get the facts about herbs from a trusted source—the National Institutes of Health. Download HerbList to your phone or tablet. Download HerbList™ – NCCIH’s app for research-based information about the safety and effectiveness of herbal products.

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6. Weight Loss APP

MOVE!® Coach is a weight loss app for Veterans, service members, their families, and others who want to lose weight. This 19-week program guides the participants to achieve success with weight loss through education, and use of tools, in an easy and convenient way. Participants can monitor, track, and receive feedback regarding their progress with weight, diet, and exercise goals.

FEATURES:

  • Self-Management Guides – educate the participant on a variety of weight-management success strategies using videos, worksheets, games, and other tools. Guides will be made available weekly or bi-weekly, based on your progression through the 19-week program.
  • Weight, Diet and Physical Activity Diaries – for daily tracking of weight, diet, and physical activity
  • My Goals and Progress – participants can set weight loss and SMART goals, and see progress reports and summaries
  • How to Solve Problems – additional resources for overcoming barriers This app can be used by itself, but the additional benefit may be achieved if used in combination with treatment with your healthcare provider.

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The Nutrient Benefits of Whole Grains

Brief Overview: Whole grains are apart of the Plant-based diet, Whole Grains Were Often Eaten in Times of Hardship, The Book of Ezekiel is one of the most detailed and well-known references to grains, as God commands Ezekiel to use “wheat and barley, and beans and lentils, and millet and spelt” to make bread for the people to eat. Ezekiel 4: 9

Eating grains, especially whole grains provide health benefits. People who eat whole grains as part of a healthy diet have a reduced risk of some chronic diseases. Grains provide many nutrients that are vital for the health and maintenance of our bodies.

Whole grains include grains like wheat, corn, rice, oats, barley, quinoa, sorghum, spelt, rye – when these foods are eaten in their “whole” form Whole grains even include popcorn!

Health experts advise everyone – men and women, young and old – that grains are a healthy necessity in every diet, and that it’s important to eat at least half our grains as “whole grains.”

What is a Whole Grain

All grains start life as whole grains. In their natural state growing in the fields, whole grains are the entire seed of a plant. This seed (which industry calls a “kernel”) is made up of three key edible parts – the bran, the germ, and the endosperm – protected by an inedible husk that protects the kernel from assaults by sunlight, pests, water, and disease.

THE BRAN

The bran is the multi-layered outer skin of the edible kernel. It contains important antioxidants, B vitamins and fiber.

THE GERM

The germ is the embryo which has the potential to sprout into a new plant. It contains many B vitamins, some protein, minerals, and healthy fats.

THE ENDOSPERM

The endosperm is the germ’s food supply, which provides essential energy to the young plant so it can send roots down for water and nutrients, and send sprouts up for sunlight’s photosynthesizing power. The endosperm is by far the largest portion of the kernel. It contains starchy carbohydrates, proteins, and small amounts of vitamins and minerals.

WHOLE GRAINS ARE HEALTHIER because whole grains contain all three parts of the kernel. Refining normally removes the bran and the germ, leaving only the endosperm. Without the bran and germ, about 25% of a grain’s protein is lost, and are greatly reduced in at least seventeen key nutrients. Processors add back some vitamins and minerals to enrich refined grains, so refined products still contribute valuable nutrients. But whole grains are healthier, providing more protein, more fiber and many important vitamins and minerals.

Nutrients

  • Grains are important sources of many nutrients, including complex carbohydrates, dietary fiber, several B vitamins (thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, and folate), and minerals (iron, magnesium, and selenium).
  • Dietary fiber from whole grains or other foods may help reduce blood cholesterol levels and may lower the risk of heart disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes. Fiber is important for proper bowel function. It helps reduce constipation and diverticulosis. Fiber-containing foods such as whole grains help provide a feeling of fullness with fewer calories.
  • The B vitamins thiamin, riboflavin, and niacin play a key role in metabolism – they help the body release energy from protein, fat, and carbohydrates. B vitamins are also essential for a healthy nervous system. Many refined grains are enriched with these B vitamins.
  • Folate (folic acid), another B vitamin, helps the body form red blood cells. Women of childbearing age who may become pregnant should consume adequate folate from foods and in addition 400 mcg of synthetic folic acid from fortified foods or supplements. This reduces the risk of neural tube defects, spina bifida, and anencephaly during fetal development.
  • Iron is used to carry oxygen in the blood. Many teenage girls and women in their childbearing years have iron-deficiency anemia. They should eat foods high in heme-iron (meats) or eat other iron-containing foods along with foods rich in vitamin C, which can improve the absorption of non-heme iron. Whole and enriched refined grain products are major sources of non-heme iron in American diets.
  • Whole grains are sources of magnesium and selenium. Magnesium is a mineral used in building bones and releasing energy from muscles. Selenium protects cells from oxidation. It is also important for a healthy immune system.
     

Health benefits

  • Consuming whole grains as part of a healthy diet may reduce the risk of heart disease.
  • Consuming whole-grain foods that contain fiber, as part of an overall healthy diet, can support healthy digestion.
  • Eating whole grains, as part of an overall healthy diet, may help with weight management.
  • Eating grain products fortified with folate helps prevent neural tube defects when consumed as part of an overall healthy diet before and during pregnancy.

Whole grains may be eaten whole, cracked, split, or ground. They can be milled into flour or used to make bread, cereals, and other processed foods. If a food label states that the package contains whole grain, the “whole grain” part of the food inside the package is required to have the same proportions of bran, germ, and endosperm as the harvested kernel does before it is processed.

How to Cook Whole Grains

Cooking Whole Grains

Compared to refined or “white” grains, whole grains are usually chewier and have a nuttier, fuller flavor. You may find this unfamiliar at first but stick with it until your palate adjusts and then reap the health benefits. The thing about whole grains besides getting used to the taste, it is not always easy to cook them it takes practice to master the skill of cooking them to perfect perfection!

Standard Method

  1. Put the dry, uncooked grain in a pan with the appropriate amount of cool water or broth.
  2. Place over high heat and bring it to a boil
  3. Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer until the liquid is absorbed.

Pilaf Method

  1. Brown small bits of onion, mushroom, and garlic with a little oil in a saucepan.
  2. Add the dry grain and cook until fragrant, about 1-3 minutes.
  3. Add the appropriate amount of low-sodium broth.
  4. Place over high heat and bring it to a boil
  5. Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer until the liquid is absorbed.

Time Varies when Cooking Grains
Grains can vary in the time they take to cook. When they are tender, they are done! If the grain is not as tender as you like when “time is up,” simply add more water and continue cooking. On the other hand,if everything seems fine before all the liquid is absorbed, simply drain the excess liquid.

Whole Grain Cooking Shortcuts
Let grains sit in the specified amount of water for a few hours. After soaking, add extra water if necessary, then cook (time will be shorter).

• Cook whole grains in big batches. They will keep for 3-5 days in your fridge and take just minutes to warm up. Add a little water or broth if needed. You can also use the leftovers for salads, grain bowls, or soup.

Fixing Sticky Bottoms
If the whole grains are sticking to the bottom of your pan, turn off the heat, add a very small amount of liquid, put a lid on the pan, and let it sit a few minutes. The grain will loosen, for easier serving and cleanup.

The Plant-Based Diet

The plant-based diet is being hailed as the best thing this side of heaven! Testimonies are coming out of the woodwork. Looking at the bible you see that an official decree issued by a legal authority (God ) originally assigned Fruits, and vegetables to man in the very beginning of the bible.:

Genesis 1:11 Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. Genesis 1:29  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. He was talking about our nourishment, Plant-based food was the first food he gave us to sustain us, and for our overall well being!.

Now here we are centuries later and; research shows that plant-based diets are cost-effective, low-risk interventions that may lower body mass index, blood pressure, HbA1C, and cholesterol levels. They may also reduce the number of medications needed to treat chronic diseases and lower ischemic heart disease mortality rates.

What is a plant-based diet?

  • A plant-based diet does not mean vegetarian or vegan

A plant-based diet contains:

Vegetables, beans and legumes, fruits, whole grains, nuts and seeds.

It does not include:

Meat, poultry, wild game, seafood, eggs, dairy (milk, yogurt, cheese) or any other foods that contain these products.

Why Do People Choose a Plant-Based Diet ?

  • Healthy Body Weight. On average those who follow a plant-based diet weigh
  • less than those who follow a Standard American Diet (SAD).
  • Heart Health. A plant-based diet can help prevent or reverse heart disease, the
  • number 1 killer of Americans.
  • Cancer Prevention. A plant-based diet has been associated with greater
  • protection against all types of cancer.
  • Diabetes Prevention and Management. Plant-based diets have been shown
  • effective in preventing, managing, and treating diabetes.
  • Protect the Environment. Plant-based diets are more environmentally
  • sustainable than diets rich in animal products because they use fewer natural
  • resources, such as water, and are associated with less environmental damage.
  • Animal Rights.

Parts of a Plant-Based Diet : Vegetables

Vegetables are the healthiest foods on the planet. They are naturally low in calories, high in fiber, and high in nutrients. Green leafy vegetables are essential for optimal health and you should eat them every day. Vegetables should be the basis of your diet.

• Artichoke
• Arugula
• Asparagus
• Beets
• Bell peppers
• Broccoli
• Brussels sprouts
• Cabbage
• Carrots
• Cauliflower
• Celery
• Collard greens
• Cucumber
• Eggplant
• Garlic
• Kale
• Mushrooms
• Okra
• Onions
• Potatoes
• Rhubarb
• Romaine Lettuce
• Spinach
• Summer squash
• Sweet potatoes
• Tomatoes
• Turnip greens
• Winter squash

Beans and Legumes

Beans are a great source of healthy protein and carbohydrates. They contain lots of fiber and resistant starch, which helps fill you up and prevent you from absorbing 100% of the calories in beans. Canned beans are ok – look for low-sodium and reduced-sodium options.

• Adzuki
• Black beans
• Black-eyed peas
• Cannellini
• Chickpeas
(garbanzo)
• Dark red kidneys
• Great northern
• Light red kidneys
• Lima beans
• Mung
• Pinto
• Fava beans
• Navy beans
• Soybeans
(edamame)
• Lentils

Fruit

Fruit is an excellent source of fiber, water, vitamins, and minerals. It is a healthy source of carbohydrates. You should include at least 3 servings of fruit per day. Try purchasing frozen fruit which is less expensive and won’t go bad.

• Apples
• Bananas
• Oranges
• Kiwi
• Pineapple
• Strawberries
• Blueberries
• Blackberries
• Raspberries
• Grapefruit
• Grapes
• Cantaloupe
• Watermelon
• Honeydew
• Nectarines
• Peaches
• Pears
• Plums

Whole Grains

Whole grains are a great source of fiber and are satisfying and filling. Whole grains that are in their natural form contain the most nutrition and fiber. Enjoy these whole grains alongside different beans and vegetables.

• Oats
• Brown Rice
• Quinoa
• Barley
• Bulgur
• Amaranth
• Kamut
• Kasha
• Millet
• Rye berries
• Wheat berries
• Spelt
• Teff

Nuts and Seeds

Nuts and seeds are the best sources of fat because they also provide fiber, vitamins, & minerals. The eating of nuts is associated with longevity.

• Peanuts
• Peanut butter
• Almonds
• Almond butter
• Pistachios
• Brazil nuts
• Cashews
• Chestnuts
• Hazelnuts
• Macadamia nuts
• Pecans
• Pine nuts
• Walnuts
• Flaxseed
• Pumpkin seeds
• Chia seeds
• Sesame seeds
• Sunflower seeds

God’s Dietary Provisions a Blueprint for Health and Healing

Good health is something we all take for granted—until we start to lose it. According to the CDC some of the leading causes of sickness leading to death are:
Heart disease 635,260, Cancer: 598,038 , Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 154,596,
Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 142,142 , Alzheimer’s disease: 116,103
Diabetes: 80,058 , Influenza and Pneumonia: 51,537 , Nephritis,( inflammation of the kidney ). nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis: 50,046
Sickness and disease is a fact of life, and even more so as we age, yet, our health is our most precious asset. No matter how much money you have, if you don’t have your health, nothing else matters. Sometimes it takes for our health to take a downturn, before we quickly begin to
question our eating habits and diet.

The Solution Is Simple!

The bible in Proverbs 3: 1-2  tells us to not forget God’s teaching, but keep His commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity. God has made it clear , we are “not to forget his teaching. According to the bible God shaped us, molded us, and he formed us from the dust of the earth. God knew us even before we were formed in our mothers womb, Jeremiah 1:5., and according to Luke 12:7 even the hairs on our head are numbered.

Who better to tell us what food we need to incorporate into our diets that will lead to a long and healthy life, but God? Among other things the purpose of the Bible is to reveal who God is, and his will for mankind. The Holy Scripture is the first text revealing the utility of plants for man, as natural sources of food, wood, fibers, oils and medicinal herbs.

God’s Dietary Provisions..

From the bible we know that the people living during biblical times got their instructions from God as to what they were to eat, they were to follow God’s Dietary Laws”. Starting with the very first book of the bible, God makes it clear the foods HE has provided our consumption. Genesis 1:29 -2:16 – And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb producing seed that is on the whole earth, and every tree in which is the fruit of a tree producing seed: it shall be food for you.

The diet God gave people in the beginning was herbs, fruit, whole grains, and nuts. 
Vegetables were added a little later Genesis 3:18. Scientific research has revealed that leafy greens and green herbs are the most nutritionally dense foods known to man and the most healthful nutritional base for any diet.

Meat

Genesis 9:3 3Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything. In the Book of Leviticus God is more specific on the type of animals we are to consume. Not all animals were considered clean to eat.

Leviticus 11: 1-8 (NIV) The Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Say to the Israelites: ‘Of all the animals that live on land, these are the ones you may eat: You may eat any animal that has a divided hoof and that chews the cud. “‘There are some that only chew the cud or only have a divided hoof, but you must not eat them.

The camel, though it chews the cud, does not have a divided hoof; it is ceremonially unclean for you. The hyrax, though it chews the cud, does not have a divided hoof; it is unclean for you. The rabbit, though it chews the cud, does not have a divided hoof; it is unclean for you. And the pig, though it has a divided hoof, does not chew the cud; it is unclean for you. You must not eat their meat or touch their carcasses; they are unclean for you.

Birds / Fowls

Chicken and turkey bird are common foods eaten in most households, if not all. The bible does not specifically mention chicken or turkey . In Genesis 9:3 the bible tells us , everything that lives and moves about will be food for us. The bible also points out which birds or fowl we are not to eat.

“And these you shall detest among the birds; they shall not be eaten; they are detestable: the eagle, the bearded vulture, the black vulture, the kite, the falcon of any kind, every raven of any kind, the ostrich, the nighthawk, the sea gull, the hawk of any kind. Leviticus 11:13-16 All other birds and fowl were considered clean to eat.

Seafood

Leviticus 11:9 “‘Of all the creatures living in the water of the seas and the streams you may eat any that have fins and scales. In the book of Deuteronomy. 14:10 10 And whatsoever hath not fins and scales ye may not eat; it is unclean unto you. Listed below are just some of the most popular fish with both fins and scales.

  • Albacore
  • Bass
  • Flounder
  • Haddock
  • Halibut
  • Herring
  • Mackerel
  • Pollock
  • Salmon
  • Sardines
  • Snapper
  • Tilapia
  • Trout
  • Tuna
  • Whiting

Warning About Fat and Blood

God warns us about the fat and blood of meat in Leviticus 7:23 (NIV)” Say to the Israelites: ‘Do not eat any of the fat of cattle, sheep or goats. The saturated fat found in meat has also been associated with significantly raised risks of colon cancer.

God says In Leviticus 3:17(NIV) This is a lasting ordinance for the generations to come, wherever you live: You must not eat any fat or any blood.” Modern health research findings agree on the dangers of eating meat fat and blood long after God forewarned about the danger.

More Specific Foods Mentioned in the Bible

Fruits and Nuts .

  • Apples (Song of Solomon 2:5)
  • Almonds (Genesis 43:11; Numbers 17:8)
  • Dates (2 Samuel 6:19; 1 Chronicles 16:3)
  • Figs (Nehemiah 13:15; Jeremiah 24:1-3)
  • Grapes (Leviticus 19:10; Deuteronomy 23:24)
  • Melons (Numbers 11:5; Isaiah 1:8)
  • Olives (James 5:14 Isaiah 17:6; Micah 6:15)
  • Pistachio Nuts (Genesis 43:11)
  • Pomegranates (Numbers 20:5; Deuteronomy 8:8)
  • Raisins (Numbers 6:3; 2 Samuel 6:19)
  • Sycamore Fruit (Psalm 78:47; Amos 7:14)

Vegetables and Legumes

  • Beans (2 Samuel 17:28; Ezekiel 4:9)
  • Cucumbers (Numbers 11:5)
  • Leeks (Numbers 11:5)
  • Lentils (Genesis 25:34; 2 Samuel 17:28; Ezekiel 4:9)
  • Onions (Numbers 11:5)

Grains

  • Barley (Deuteronomy 8:8; Ezekiel 4:9)
  • Bread (Genesis 25:34; 2 Samuel 6:19; 16:1; Mark 8:14)
  • Corn (Matthew 12:1; KJV- refers to “grain” such as wheat or barley)
  • Flour (2 Samuel 17:28; 1 Kings 17:12)
  • Millet (Ezekiel 4:9)
  • Spelt (Ezekiel 4:9)
  • Unleavened Bread (Genesis 19:3; Exodus 12:20)
  • Wheat (Ezra 6:9; Deuteronomy 8:8)

Dairy

  • Butter (Proverbs 30:33)
  • Cheese (2 Samuel 17:29; Job 10:10)
  • Curds ( Yogurt) (Isaiah 7:15)
  • Milk (Exodus 3:8- 33:3; Job 10:10; Judges 5:25)

Animal Meats

  • Calf (Proverbs 15:17; Luke 15:23)
  • Goat (Genesis 27:9)
  • Lamb (2 Samuel 12:4)
  • Oxen (1 Kings 19:21)
  • Sheep (Deuteronomy 14:4)

Other Foods:

  • Eggs (Job 6:6; Luke 11:12)
  • Grape Juice (Numbers 6:3)
  • Honey (Exodus 33:3; Deuteronomy 8:8; Judges 14:8-9)
  • Olive Oil (Ezra 6:9; Deuteronomy 8:8)
  • Vinegar (Ruth 2:14; John 19:29)

7 Biblical Species Recognized as Having Great Health Benefits…

In the book of Deuteronomy God has brought his chosen people the children Israel out of slavery honoring the oath he made to their ancestors. Deuteronomy 7:6 (NIV) God Speaking to the children of Israel, his chosen people He says: For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession. God’s is made it clear he loves his chosen people and they mean everything to HIM! Question: When you love someone you want only the what for them?. Answer: the very best !

In the book of Deuteronomy 8: 7-8 (NIV) God -tells His beloved people, for the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land—a land with brooks, streams, and deep springs gushing out into the valleys and hills;  a land with wheat and barley, vines and fig trees, pomegranates, olive oil and honey. God leads his people to specific foods, and points out the fact that the land he will be leading his chosen people too , will be good land and he makes of point of naming the good foods, this is an important fact ! Why? Because the 7 foods mentioned in the bible in Deuteronomy 8: 7-8 (wheat and barley, vines and fig trees, pomegranates, olive oil and honey)are refereed to as the biblical seven species , they were the staple foods consumed by the Jewish people in the land of Israel during biblical times.

The Biblical 7 Species Recognized as Having Great Health Benefits..

It is interesting to note that Israel, the Holy Landis part of the Mediterranean region in the middle east. The Mediterranean diet has it roots in the biblical traditional diet .
The Mediterranean diet is considered one of the healthiest diets in the world! The biblical seven species are now scientifically recognized as healthy foods, and further improve the many beneficial effects of the Mediterranean Diet and additional Mediterranean fruits, has great health advantages.

The Biblical 7 Species Nutritional Facts:

1. Wheat

Whole Grain wheat products has proven to have many heath benefits. Studies has consistently shown that consumption of whole grains reverses the risk of major chronic diseases such as certain types of cancer, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases. Dietary fiber has been reported to be responsible for the health effects of Whole Grain consumption.

2. Barley

Studies have consistently shown that regular consumption of whole grain barley reduces the risk of developing chronic diseases. The presence of barley fiber, especially β-glucan in whole grain barley, has been largely credited for these health benefits.

However, it is now widely believed that the actions of the fiber component alone do not explain the observed health benefits associated with the consumption of whole grain barley. Whole grain barley also contains phytochemicals including phenolic acids, flavonoids, lignans, tocols, phytosterols, and folate.

These phytochemicals exhibit strong antioxidant, antiproliferative, and cholesterol lowering abilities, which are potentially useful in lowering the risk of certain diseases. Therefore, the high concentration of phytochemicals in barley may be largely responsible for its health benefits.

3. Vine Foods (Grapes )

A popular vine food used in biblical times was Grapes, Grapes, are one of the most popular and widely cultivated and consumed fruits in the world, are rich in phytochemicals.

The phytochemicals present in fruits and vegetables may play an important role in deceasing chronic disease risk. Extensive evidence has linked the consumption of grapes with reduced risk of chronic diseases, including certain types of cancer and cardiovascular disease.

Other studies have shown that grapes have strong antioxidant activity, inhibiting cancer cell proliferation and suppressing platelet aggregation, while also lowering cholesterol.

4. Figs

Compared with vitamins C and E, dried fruits such as Figs have superior quality antioxidants with figs and dried plums being the best. Dried figs is a good source of fiber and a source of calcium, magnesium, potassium, and vitamin K.

Foods high in antioxidants are know to protect us against cancer. The A I C R posted an article which claims vitamin k should be apart of your cancer fighting foods. According to the article, some studies show that people who eat more vitamin K-rich foods have stronger bones than those who eat less.

5. Pomegranates

Accumulating data clearly claimed that Pomegranate has several health benefits. Pomegranates can help prevent or treat various disease risk factors including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, oxidative stress, hyperglycemia, and inflammatory activities.

It is demonstrated that certain components of pomegranate such as polyphenols have potential antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anticarcinogenic effects ( anticarcinogenic inhibits or prevents the development of cancer).

6. Olive Oil

The Mediterranean diet, in which olive oil is the primary source of fat, is associated with a low mortality for cardiovascular disease. Consumption of olive oil within the Mediterranean diet has been long known to have many health benefits.

There is converging evidence on the benefits of olive oil for preventing several CVD risk factors, including diabetes. Olive oil is also implicated in preventing certain cancers, with the most promising findings for breast and digestive tract cancers, although the data are still not entirely consistent and mainly from case-control studies. These health benefits are supported by strong mechanistic evidence from experimental studies.

7. Honey

Most ancient population, including the Greeks, Chinese, Egyptians, Romans, Mayans, and Babylonians, consumed honey both for nutritional aims and for its medicinal properties.
Honey is one of the most appreciated and valued natural products introduced to humankind since ancient times. Honey is used not only as a nutritional product but also in health described in traditional medicine and as an alternative treatment for clinical conditions ranging from wound healing to cancer treatment.

Many evidences suggest the use of honey in the control and treatment of wounds, diabetes mellitus, cancer, asthma, and also cardiovascular, neurological, and gastrointestinal diseases.

The information contained in this article is not to replace seeking the help of a medical specialist or any medical diagnosis or treatment. It is not necessarily the views of the author of this article. The information contained in this article was cited from various published works by various experts as listed below.

The Middle Eastern and biblical origins of the Mediterranean diet. -Berry EM1, Arnoni Y, Aviram M.
Bioactive phytochemicals in barley  Idehen E1, Tang Y1, Sang S2.
Whole grain wheat and their health-promoting effects- WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim
The role of olive oil in disease prevention: -Buckland G1, Gonzalez CA
Honey and Health: A Review of Recent Clinical Research -Saeed Samarghandian, Tahereh Farkhondeh,1 and Fariborz Samini
Phytochemicals in whole grain wheat and their health-promoting effects – Elsevier B.V.
Grape phytochemicals and associated health benefits. –Yang J1, Xiao YY.
Potent health effects of pomegranate -Aida Zarfeshany, Sedigheh Asgary,1 and Shaghayegh Haghjoo Javanmard

A-List Of Foods Found in the Bible

Ready to start that healthy diet? Why not start with the foods found in the bible. This list of healthy foods found in the Bible may be just what the doctor ordered! After all, it didn’t seem to hurt people living during bible times since scripture tells us they lived a long time. They had to be doing something right! The Scripture Reference is also included:

Fruits and Nuts

  • Apples (Song of Solomon 2:5)
  • Almonds (Genesis 43:11; Numbers 17:8)
  • Dates (2 Samuel 6:19; 1 Chronicles 16:3)
  • Figs (Nehemiah 13:15; Jeremiah 24:1-3)
  • Grapes (Leviticus 19:10; Deuteronomy 23:24)
  • Melons (Numbers 11:5; Isaiah 1:8)
  • Olives (James 5:14 Isaiah 17:6; Micah 6:15)
  • Pistachio Nuts (Genesis 43:11)
  • Pomegranates (Numbers 20:5; Deuteronomy 8:8)
  • Raisins (Numbers 6:3; 2 Samuel 6:19)
  • Sycamore Fruit (Psalm 78:47; Amos 7:14)

Vegetables and Legumes

  • Beans (2 Samuel 17:28; Ezekiel 4:9)
  • Cucumbers (Numbers 11:5)
  • Leeks (Numbers 11:5)
  • Lentils (Genesis 25:34; 2 Samuel 17:28; Ezekiel 4:9)
  • Onions (Numbers 11:5)

Grains

  • Barley (Deuteronomy 8:8; Ezekiel 4:9)
  • Bread (Genesis 25:34; 2 Samuel 6:19; 16:1; Mark 8:14)
  • Corn (Matthew 12:1; KJV- refers to “grain” such as wheat or barley)
  • Flour (2 Samuel 17:28; 1 Kings 17:12)
  • Millet (Ezekiel 4:9)
  • Spelt (Ezekiel 4:9)
  • Unleavened Bread (Genesis 19:3; Exodus 12:20)
  • Wheat (Ezra 6:9; Deuteronomy 8:8)Dairy
    • Butter (Proverbs 30:33)
    • Cheese (2 Samuel 17:29; Job 10:10)
    • Curds ( Yogurt) (Isaiah 7:15)
    • Milk (Exodus 3:8- 33:3; Job 10:10; Judges 5:25)
    Misc:
    • Eggs (Job 6:6; Luke 11:12)
    • Grape Juice (Numbers 6:3)
    • Honey (Exodus 33:3; Deuteronomy 8:8; Judges 14:8-9)
    • Olive Oil (Ezra 6:9; Deuteronomy 8:8)
    • Vinegar (Ruth 2:14; John 19:29)

Fish

  • Matthew 15:36
  • John 21:11-13

Animal Meats

  • Calf (Proverbs 15:17; Luke 15:23)
  • Goat (Genesis 27:9)
  • Lamb (2 Samuel 12:4)
  • Oxen (1 Kings 19:21)
  • Sheep (Deuteronomy 14:4)

The Health Benefits of Biblical Herbs

He causes the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth; Psalm 104:14 AKJV
Herbs have been used for cooking, medicine, aromatherapy, religious ceremonies, pest control, and simply for decoration, since pre-Biblical times. Herbs offer a wide variety of plants that can be used for culinary and medicinal purposes. Plants that are referred to as “herbs” are not used as a food, but are grown and consumed as a garnishment, for flavor enhancement, for aroma, and sometimes for alleged healing properties.

A List of Bible Seasonings, Spices and Herbs… 

  • Anise or Hyssop (Matthew 23:23 )
  • Aloe (Aloe vera) (Numbers 24:6 KJVA)
  • Coriander (Exodus 16:31; Numbers 11:7)
  • Cinnamon (Exodus 30:23; Revelation 18:13)
  • Cumin (Isaiah 28:25; Matthew 23:23)
  • Dill (Matthew 23:23)
  • Flax Seed (Exodus 9:30-32)
  • Garlic (Numbers 11:5)
  • Mint (Matthew 23:23; Luke 11:42)
  • Mustard (Matthew 13:31)
  • Rue (Luke 11:42)
  • Salt (Ezra 6:9; Job 6:6)

Are Herbs Safe?

Herbal supplements are used to boost your immune system, treat allergy symptoms, prevent a cold—all in an effort to be well, and stay healthy. There are hundreds of herbal supplements available in the grocery store, pharmacy, and for sale on the Internet. And, there are many claims about their health benefits. How can a consumer decide what’s safe or effective? 

Usefulness and Safety Of Biblical Herbs

I gathered a few facts on some commonly used biblical herbs. The following facts provide basic information about —common names, usefulness and safety. The information was published by the NCCIH, NCCIH cosponsors the Centers for Advancing Research on Botanical and Other Natural Products (CARBON) Program. Scientists at the centers conduct laboratory research concerning the safety, effectiveness, and mechanisms of action of botanical dietary supplements that have a high potential to benefit human health.

Aloe (Aloe vera) (Numbers 24:6 KJVA)

Cinnamon (Exodus 30:23; Revelation 18:13)

Flax Seed (Exodus 9:30-32)

Garlic (Numbers 11:5)

Mint (Matthew 23:23; Luke 11:42)

Disclaimer/ Disclosure

This information contained in this article is for information purposes only and. and it is not intended to substitute for the medical expertise and advice of your health care provider(s). We encourage you to discuss any decisions about treatment or care with your health care provider. According to the NCCIH the mention of any product, service, or therapy is not an endorsement by NCCIH nor do I endorse any products or methods used in the herbal informational facts.