What is the Bible Diet?

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The bible diet is a method of eating that adheres strictly to the rules laid out in scripture for the consumption of various foods. Fruits and vegetables from acceptable trees and plants make up the majority of the diet. A small amount of “clean” meats are an optional addition.

The base of the diet is made up of fruits and nuts from trees. Any tree that bears fruit with seeds, or that bears edible seeds is considered acceptable. This includes citrus fruits, apples, pomegranates, cherries and many other fruits as well as coconuts, dates, and other nuts.

Next on the food pyramid of the bible diet are plants. To qualify for the diet, a plant must bear seeds in its edible yield, or provide an edible yield that is the seeds themselves. Wheat and oats appear in this group as well as most vegetables including squash, beans, peas, and corn. Fruits that appear on plants rather than trees, such as watermelon and berries are considered acceptable plants in this group.

At the top of the bible diet food pyramid are field plants, which consist of roots, herbs and some leafy vegetables not found in the previous group. Carrots, potatoes and other vegetables that grow in the ground belong in this group, along with greens such as spinach and kale. Mushrooms are acceptable field plants as well.


Meat is an optional addition to this type of diet. If included, the meat selection for the bible diet must be considered clean. Land animals must have a cloven hoof and chew cud. Fish are acceptable only when they have fins and scales. Most birds are acceptable, but birds of prey and scavenger birds are not considered clean.

According to these rules, clean meat can be obtained from cow, lamb, goat, and deer, among other animals. Pigs and rabbits are considered unclean. Salmon, trout and bass are acceptable fish because they have both scales and fins. Crab, lobster, shrimp, and eel are not acceptable. Chickens and turkeys are clean birds, but eagles and ducks are not.

The term “bible diet” is sometimes used synonymously with the Maker’s Diet. The Maker’s Diet is an eating plan developed by Jordan S. Rubin, a motivational speaker and founder of the Garden of Life health and wellness company. Rubin contends that this diet helped to cure him of Crohn’s disease, depression, and many other ailments.

Rubin’s Maker’s Diet is laid out in detail in his book, The Maker’s Diet: The 40-Day Health Experience That Will Change Your Life Forever. The guidelines are very similar to those in the bible diet. Rubin emphasizes consumption of whole and organic foods.


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