Counsels on Diet and Foods


Part 2—Grains

In a Diet of the Creator's Choice

481. Grains, fruits, nuts, and vegetables constitute the diet chosen for us by our Creator. These foods, prepared in as simple and natural a manner as possible, are the most healthful and nourishing. They impart a strength, a power of endurance, and a vigor of intellect, that are not afforded by a more complex and stimulating diet.—The Ministry of Healing, 296, 1905 CD 313.1

[For context see 111]

482. Those who eat flesh are but eating grains and vegetables at second hand; for the animal receives from these things the nutrition that produces growth. The life that was in the grains and vegetables passes into the eater. We receive it by eating the flesh of the animal. How much better to get it direct, by eating the food that God provided for our use!—The Ministry of Healing, 313, 1905 CD 313.2

[The People to Be Brought back to Diet of Fruits, Vegetables, and Grains—515]

A Part of an Adequate Diet

483. It is a mistake to suppose that muscular strength depends on the use of animal food. The needs of the system can be better supplied, and more vigorous health can be enjoyed, without its use. The grains, with fruits, nuts, and vegetables, contain all the nutritive properties necessary to make good blood.—The Ministry of Healing, 316, 1905 CD 313.3

484. In grains, fruits, vegetables, and nuts are to be found all the food elements that we need. If we will come to the Lord in simplicity of mind, He will teach us how to prepare wholesome food free from the taint of flesh meat.—Manuscript 27, 1906 CD 313.4

[Contain Necessary Nutritive Properties—513]

Abundantly Supplied

485. Nature's abundant supply of fruits, nuts, and grains is ample, and year by year the products of all lands are more generally distributed to all, by the increased facilities for transportation. As a result, many articles of food which a few years ago were regarded as expensive luxuries, are now within the reach of all as foods for everyday use.—The Ministry of Healing, 297, 1905 CD 313.5

486. If we plan wisely, that which is most conducive to health can be secured in almost every land. The various preparations of rice, wheat, corn, and oats are sent abroad everywhere, also beans, peas, and lentils. These, with native or imported fruits, and the variety of vegetables that grow in each locality, give an opportunity to select a dietary that is complete without the use of flesh meats.—The Ministry of Healing, 299, 1905 CD 314.1

[Grains One of Nature's Abundant Luxuries—503]

Properly Prepared

487. Fruits, grains, and vegetables, prepared in a simple way, free from spice and grease of all kinds, make, with milk or cream, the most healthful diet. They impart nourishment to the body, and give a power of endurance and a vigor of intellect that are not produced by a stimulating diet.—[Christian Temperance and Bible Hygiene, 47] Counsels on Health, 115, 1890 CD 314.2

[For context see 137]

488. Grains and fruits prepared free from grease, and in as natural a condition as possible, should be the food for the tables of all who claim to be preparing for translation to heaven.—Testimonies for the Church 2:352, 1869 CD 314.3

[To Educate Ourselves to Subsist on Fruits, Grains, and Vegetables—514]

[Grains a Constituent of Health Foods—399, 400, 403, 404, 407, 810]


489. Grains used for porridge or “mush” should have several hours’ cooking. But soft or liquid foods are less wholesome than dry foods, which require thorough mastication.—The Ministry of Healing, 301, 1905 CD 314.4

490. Some honestly think that a proper dietary consists chiefly of porridge. To eat largely of porridge would not ensure health to the digestive organs; for it is too much like liquid. Encourage the eating of fruit and vegetables and bread.—The Youth's Instructor, May 31, 1894 CD 314.5

[Too Much Porridge Eating a Mistake—499]

Graham Gruel

491. You can make graham gruel. If the graham flour is too coarse, sift it, and while the gruel is hot, add milk. This will make a most palatable and healthful dish for the campground.—Testimonies for the Church 2:603, 1871 CD 315.1

To Take the Place of Flesh Meat

492. When flesh food is discarded, its place should be supplied with a variety of grains, nuts, vegetables, and fruits, that will be both nourishing and appetizing.... The place of meat should be supplied with wholesome foods that are inexpensive.—The Ministry of Healing, 316, 317, 1905 CD 315.2

[Taking the Place of Flesh Meat—765, 795]

[Flesh Meat Not Needed Where There Are Fruits, Grains, and Nuts—138]

[To Be Included in a Simple Diet for Visitors—129]

[Use of Grains at Helpers’ Table—444, 651]

[On E. G. White's table—Appendix 1:15-23]

[Sanitarium Patients to Be Taught Use of—767]