I am often asked which diet is best to promote good health and longevity. Sounds like a simple enough question doesn’t it? If so, why is it that you get so many different answers to that question depending on which “expert” you ask? The short answer is “It depends”. Not much help, eh? Indeed.
That is to say there are a number of factors which determine what an optimum diet looks like for an individual, from metabolic type and other genetic influences to lifestyle and cultural factors, to food quality and availability. Also adding to the confusion is the multitude of voices out there vying for our attention to hawk their thinly veiled, hastily packaged self seeking agendas (i.e. – diet fad of the month).
Further complicating things is the fact that in some cases, what once was truth may no longer be valid due to the cumulative corrupting influence of mankind’s lust for power and money (i.e. – infiltration of the natural foods industry by Big Pharma/Ag/Chem Industries). This is the most dangerous of all the factors mentioned, as what our society now accepts as normal (genetically modified, prepackaged frankenfoods, artificial sweeteners, chemical and bioweapons, etc.) has only recently been unleashed upon mankind in the last generation.
So where do we turn for truth in these last days? Why to God’s word of course! For “all scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” (2 Tim 3:16-17)
The apostle Paul could scarcely imagine the predicament our generation would find themselves facing when he penned the following admonition from God’s mouth: “Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:1-2)
God’s word has a lot to say about the subject of diet. But how does one put all of its dietary wisdom into proper context with today’s world circumstances? Who among us has the knowledge to combine scriptural truths with a thorough understanding of human physiology and nutrition? In my opinion, Sylvia Zook PhD does, and she has lovingly and thoughtfully captured that knowledge in her wonderful book Eatin After Eden.
I enthusiastically recommend her book as required reading for anyone who wants to better understand the relationship between their diet, their health and how scripture applies to both. May God continue to protect and richly bless Dr. Zook in her ministry efforts. She is truly a modern day “voice in the wilderness”.