does God intend for us to eat whole foods?

Today at church, they taught my favorite lesson, on “The Word of Wisdom” (7 million LDS people in the U.S. had this lesson today).   Mormons have a scripture (Doctrine & Covenants 89) revealed in 1833 that is all about what we should and shouldn’t eat.   Consider that this was almost 200 years ago, when little was known in the scientific community about nutrition.   Even if you’re not LDS (Mormon), I think you’ll find this scripture so interesting, that I’m going to put it here, in its entirety over a couple of days.

The green smoothie “testimonial” in my last post sets the stage for this scripture perfectly, since it links the body and spirit.   The most significant reason to care for our bodies as D&C 89 teaches is to become more spiritually pure.

The teacher today told a story about how he once went to get a homemade roll out of the cupboard, and ended up eating the whole bowl of rolls, with butter, and then a bunch of Pop-Tarts, Snickers bars, and Coke.   He said he had been in a positive mood at the beginning but his physical sickness after he ate destroyed his mental and spiritual state.

Please comment on these scriptures, regardless of whether you are LDS or not.   Are they not interesting and “before their time?”   I will  make some comments at the end, too.

“To be sent greeting; not be commandment or constraint, but by revelation and the word of wisdom, showing forth the order and will of God in the temporal salvation of all saints in the last days–

“Given for a principle with promise, adapted to the capacity of the weak and the weakest of all saints, who are or can be called saints.

“Behold, verily, thus saith the Lord unto you: In consequence of evils and designs which do and will exist in the hearts of conspiring men in the last days, I have warned you, and forewarn you, by giving unto you this word of wisdom by revelation–

“That inasmuch as any man drinketh wine or strong drink among you, behold it is not good, neither meet in the sight of your Father, only in assembling yourselves together to offer up your sacraments before him.

“And behold, this should be wine, yea, pure wine of the grape of the vine, of your own make.

“And again, strong drinks are not for the belly, but for the washing of your bodies.

“And again, tobacco is not for the body, neither for the belly, and is not good for man, but is an herb for bruises and all sick cattle, to be used with judgment and skill.

“And again, hot drinks are not for the body or belly.

“And again, verily I say unto you, all wholesome herbs God hath ordained for the constitution, nature, and use of man–

“Every herb in the season thereof, and every fruit in the season thereof; all these to be used with prudcnce and thanksgiving.

“Yea, flesh also of the beasts and of the fowls of the air, I, the Lord, have ordained for the use of man with thanksgiving; nevertheless they are to be used sparingly;

And it is pleasing unto me that they should not be used, only in times of winter, or of cold, or famine.”

Note from Robyn: I’ll post the rest tomorrow.   But consider these questions:

What do you think about this scripture relative to the Oxford-Cornell China Project, what the world now knows?   (See

What are the “evils and designs” of “conspiring men” in these last days with regard to health, nutrition, and food?   What do we learn from this scripture regarding the complaint, “Eating whole foods is too hard!”

What nutritional philosophies out there do you know that embrace the counsel in the last two verses?   And which absolutely defy them?