Biblical Reasons to Include Sugar in your Diet
June 24, 2016
If you ask three nutritionists what the ideal diet is, you will no doubt get three different answers. There’s just so much that we don’t understand about the human body. The fact that different cultures often have drastically different diets goes to show how adaptable the human body is. Nutrition is a very complex subject, and there are probably still many important nutrients that are yet to be discovered. As with every area of life, the Bible has all the answers, so the best nutritional practice is to try to eat a balanced diet, which includes the foods that are specifically mentioned in the Bible.
The Bible Condones Sweets
“Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our LORD: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10
Sugar is Fine in Moderation
Eating excessive amounts of processed sugar is linked to low energy levels as well as obesity, but the Bible teaches that honey, a natural sugar, is good in moderation.
“Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it.” Proverbs 25:16
It’s not just honey that’s mentioned in the Bible, though. Many people don’t realize that cane sugar is also mentioned in the Bible.
“To what purpose cometh there to me incense from Sheba, and the sweet cane from a far country? your burnt offerings are not acceptable, nor your sacrifices sweet unto me.” Jeremiah 6:20
“Thou hast bought me no sweet cane with money, neither hast thou filled me with the fat of thy sacrifices: but thou hast made me to serve with thy sins, thou hast wearied me with thine iniquities.” Isaiah 43:24
Children Learn from Eating Honey
“My son, eat thou honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste: So shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy soul: when thou hast found it, then there shall be a reward, and thy expectation shall not be cut off.” Proverbs 24:13-14
“Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good.” Isaiah 7:15
Children naturally have a sweet tooth, and Jesus Christ himself was not deprived of sweets as a child or as an adult. Not only do we know that he ate honey, but we are actually given a reason for it. We may not fully understand the spiritual benefits of honey referred to in the above verses, but we definitely want our children to be imparted with the wisdom to know how to choose the good in life.
There are so many things we have to say no to in today’s day and age. Don’t deprive yourself or your children of one of life’s most natural pleasures. Nutritional trends are always changing, but the Word of God never changes.
Here's a recent sermon on biblical nutrition
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