It is not surprising to discover that the diet ‘according to the bible’ was not very balanced or healthy. The authors of the biblical texts were obviously limited in their understanding of calories, vitamins, proteins, etc.. and what would consist a balanced diet. To think otherwise it is childish.
Ups! I just realised that there is a growing market and industry that promotes a return to ‘biblical diet’.
Nathan Macdonald, who is an Old Testament lecturer at St Andrew’s University, argues in his recent book What Did the Ancient Israelites Eat?: Diet in Biblical Times, that the evidence shows that “the diet in biblical times was not very healthy”. From his research of a wide sources and from his study of archaeological evidence he concluded that generally the diet during normal times (i.e. when there was not famine) provided people with enough calories, but there is evidence of deficiency “in certain key vitamins and minerals”.
Prescribed religious dietary ‘regulations’ are still important to many religious people today, and the equality legislation in the UK requires public bodies (such as hospitals, etc) to provide such exceptions to those who request them.
Should people still abide by these ancient dietary regulations, despite scientific evidence that often shows that eating some food is not just safe and healthy, but that particular food provides the body with valuable nourishment that it really needs?