Counsels on Diet and Foods


Part 4—Pickles and Vinegar

573. In this fast age, the less exciting the food, the better. Condiments are injurious in their nature. Mustard, pepper, spices, pickles, and other things of a like character irritate the stomach and make the blood feverish and impure.—The Ministry of Healing, 325, 1905 CD 345.1

574. I was seated once at the table with several children under twelve years of age. Meat was plentifully served, and then a delicate, nervous girl called for pickles. A bottle of chowchow, fiery with mustard and pungent with spices, was handed her, from which she helped herself freely. The child was proverbial for her nervousness and irritability of temper, and these fiery condiments were well calculated to produce such a condition.—[Christian Temperance and Bible Hygiene, 61, 62] Fundamentals of Christian Education, 150, 151, 1890 CD 345.2

575. The mince pies and the pickles, which should never find a place in any human stomach, will give a miserable quality of blood.—Testimonies for the Church 2:368, 1870 CD 345.3

576. The blood-making organs cannot convert spices, mince pies, pickles, and diseased flesh meats into good blood.—Testimonies for the Church 2:383, 1870 CD 345.4

[For context see 336]

577. Do not eat largely of salt, avoid the use of pickles and spiced foods, eat an abundance of fruit, and the irritation that calls for so much drink at mealtime will largely disappear.—The Ministry of Healing, 305, 1905 CD 345.5

[Pickles Irritate the Stomach and Make Blood Impure—556]


578. The salads are prepared with oil and vinegar, fermentation takes place in the stomach, and the food does not digest, but decays or putrefies; as a consequence, the blood is not nourished, but becomes filled with impurities, and liver and kidney difficulties appear.—Letter 9, 1887 CD 345.6

[Personal experience in conquering the vinegar habit—Appendix 1:6]