Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Bible’s Seven Wonder Foods

Are there wonder foods mentioned in the Bible? The answer is Yes! In Deuteronomy 8:8, God promised the Israelites as they reached the Promise Land that it was “a land of wheat and barley, and vines, and figs trees, and pomegranates; a land of olive trees and honey.”

At that time, the word “antioxidant” might have been a strange word for them, but they were about to add into their diet a list of biblical “super-foods.” Read on to know more details about these wonder foods.


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Considered the World’s most important grain, wheat offers tremendous health benefits. Wheat is a major ingredient in making bread, cakes, crackers, pasta and muffins. This grain is rich in vitamins A, B, E, K, D, manganese, magnesium, calcium, potassium, zinc, cobalt, sodium, among others. Adding whole-wheat products to your diet ensures a diet rich in proteins. Regular consumption of 100% whole-wheat food items offer 30% of the body’s daily fiber need. Also, these products have high amount of magnesium and manganese.

Below are some more health benefits from eating wheat-based food:

* Whole-wheat has fat essential acids helpful in lowering cholesterol level and blood coagulation, which decreases the risk of heart-related diseases.
* A whole-wheat rich diet regulates the body’s blood glucose, which decreases the risk of type-2 diabetes.
* Consuming whole-wheat products prevents visceral obesity.
* High in fiber contents, whole-wheat consumption decreases the risk of cancer.


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Barley is another type of healthy whole grain, found in cereals and bakery items such as breads, pastry and cakes. Since ancient times, barley is used for medical purposes. Barley is rich in vitamins, proteins, amino acids minerals as well as fiber that is vital to our health.

Below are some health benefits of barley:

* A regular diet of barley aids in lowering cholesterol level, thus reducing the risk of type-2 diabetes and colon cancer.
* Regular consumption of barley prevents rheumatoid arthritis and obesity.
* Barley also helps in weight loss thus prevents obesity.
* Regular intake of barley, reduces high blood pressure and other heart diseases.
* Barley alleviate asthma, fever, stomach pains and ulcers.


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Aside from the healthy red wine and grape juice, grapes have other health benefits. High in falconoid and antioxidants, grapes reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and blood clots. Grapes are rich in potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron and other essential minerals as well as vitamins like A, C, B6; nutrient the body needs.

Here are other health benefits of grapes:

* Grapes ease asthma.
* Grape juice alleviate migraine, eases constipation and dyspepsia.
* Grape juice is also a good energy booster and boost immune system.
* Regular consumption of grapes reduces the risk of muscular degeneration and impairment of vision caused by aging.
* Grapes have anticancer properties since grapes contain resveratrol
Red wines have antiviral properties that prevent infections.


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These sweet but seasonal fruit, is a good source of vitamins including A, B1, and B2, as well as mincemeats like calcium, potassium, sodium, manganese, iron, chlorine and phosphorus, manganese, sodium, potassium and chlorine. Since figs are also rich in dietary fiber, adding figs to your diet aids in weight loss.

Below are other health benefits of figs:

* Figs boosts memory power.
* Figs prevents indigestion, constipation, cough, sore throats, asthma, anemia and diabetes.
* Figs contain Pectin that helps in reducing cholesterol level and prevents hypertension.
* Prevents heart diseases, breast cancer and colon cancer.
* Prevent vision loss and macular degeneration caused by aging.


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These reddish-pink fruits are also pack with several health benefits. Among the health benefits are:

* Pomegranate is good in treating sun burns, sore throats, colds, cough, skin disorder and urinary infections.
* Pomegranate is rich in antioxidants that stop blood clots and lowers the risk of Alzheimer’s.
* Pomegranate juice lowers cholesterol levels and prevents heart attacks.
* Pomegranate is also good in the treatment of anemia, arthritis and diabetes.
* Studies showed that pomegranates prevent breast cancer.

Olive Oil

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When picking fats, olive oil may come first in the list of good oils. It has monounsaturated fat that lowers LDL levels in the blood helpful in reducing the danger of heart disease. Olive oil is also rich in vitamin E that reduces the risk of colon cancer.

Other health benefits of olive oil includes:

* Relieve gastritis and ulcer.
* Prevents gallstone formation.
* Lowers blood pressure.
* Lower blood sugar level.
* Ease asthma and arthritis pain.
Promote normal body weight.


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Since a good source of carbohydrates, raw honey provides the body the energy it needs as well as boosting the immune system.

Drinking or adding honey to your diet offers other health benefits such as:

* Honey is a common home remedy for treating sore throats, asthma, arthritis pain and even athlete’s foot.
* Honey also prevents swelling and inflammation from wounds, cuts, or burns
* Honey is a good cleansing tonic that helps maintain a healthy digestive system.
* Studies showed that honey can prevent hair loss.


  1. I read an article somewhere that most of the honey you buy now in the store is not real honey but made of corn and other things.

  2. First time I have seen the Barley i didn't know that it is a kind of a plant. All along it was just a brand of multi vitamin.

  3. Wow, thanks for the friendly reminder. I guess, I have to start living a healthy lifestyle :D

  4. These are all healthy wonders! It's very interesting to know of all the healthy benefits of these wonders! I eat grapes almost on a daily basis- I just love it! I so miss indulging in pomegranates! I will have to look around for one over here.

  5. i haven't tried figs! though and maybe some barley drinks but no to barley bread as it taste not good haha. i love wheat bread and grapes!

  6. I'm giving myself a pat on the back because all of these wonder foods are staples in my pantry except one - honey. I use grade B maple syrup as sweetener. Barley is part of my diet not in the form of baked goods but as coffee crystals. It's a good substitute for coffee without the caffeine.

  7. I'm a Barley believer. I've been taking Sante Pure Barley for months now, and I'm quite happy with it.

  8. I had to chuckle when I saw the picture of barley followed by a picture of grapes. It reminded me only of two things... barley = beer; grapes = wine. Haha.

  9. I love the grapes among the list Papaleng :-) I like it in red or green. Grapes are healthy fruit to munch as well :-)

  10. it's nice to learn something i don't everyday, this is indeed what i want to know ...

  11. wow, good to know! I would love to try the figs...I've seen it in the try nga!

  12. It's amazing to know that the food considered healthy before is the same things we see healthy today as well. :)

  13. good to know, as I do not need to make any changes in our diet, as these are mostly our sustenance :)

  14. true, hindi pa nga ata uso yung anti oxidant that time but good to know health conscious na rin ata sila..hehehe
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  15. Wheat and barley are great fiber builders. grapes has a lot of nutrients and is an anti-oxidant. It really helps to know this food groups.

  16. wow! It's so true ;) Really like this post :) Meaningful!

  17. I love wheat and actually anything prepared with flour, or dough, to be more precise. Cakes, pancakes, donuts, yes, these are my wonder foods. I heard that wheat and bread are anti-cancer recommended. I also love figs and fig jam. And honey, its qualities cannot be counted.

  18. When I saw the picture of promegranate, I remember a time that I ate 4 kilos and my stomach turned upside down...ha..ha..ha..but I liked the taste. Wheat and barley are really great with nutrients.

  19. I know what to eat to get really healthy now.. :)

  20. I never knew this was mentioned in the Bible but it's totally scientifically proven that these are indeed power foods. With the exception of figs which are not too easy to come by in my country, we do try to incorporate the rest into our meals and they're yummy too.

  21. Grapes, honey, and pomegranate some food that I like.. Thanks for sharing


  22. Waoo !! Great to know.. ! Very nice post. xx

  23. I like wheat, barley, grapes and honey! Barley helps to cool our bodies especially in humid countries like Malaysia. I've read that honey and dates have many healing properties

  24. Hey!! Thanks for sharing!! Really informative..I just learned about figs..this is new to me actually! ;)

  25. Wow! Good rwad very informative..just heard here about figs! Thanks for the heads up!

  26. I agree with the wonder foods... Antioxidants, vitamins etc... I guess men won't be able to survive without them! Love your information!

  27. i love honey. add it to smoothies, oats etc

  28. Great! this made me rethink the superfood I intake.

  29. To be honest, this is the first time I know how barley originally look like. I love to drink it very much.. =D

  30. Thanks for sharing all these! I think we all should incorporate these wonder food into our diet to have a more healthy lifestyle.

  31. great article i came across really,, i like grapes much especially black grapes
    Thanks for posting