Last week I came across the greatest book! It's called Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health, by William Davis, MD.
revelation that contains specific instruction about beneficial and harmful health practices. In one of the church manuals on gospel doctrine it states: "Each of us will be healthier as we follow the Lord’s counsel to (1) use herbs, fruits, and vegetables, (2) use grains as a central part of what we eat, and (3) eat the flesh of animals sparingly. Each of these groups of food provides essential body nutrients."
I wrote to a fellow Mormon blogger, Newell Wright at http://www.lowcarbwisdom.blogspot.com/ after I found a post he did on the word of wisdom and low carb eating. He had a great take on it.
In his email to me he said:
Belly effectively gave me a great answer: the wheat in 1829 is not the
wheat we are eating today. Plus this: in 1829, the average 30-year-old
had consumed as much sugar in her/his lifetime as the average
2-year-old today. Most sugar came from either honey (which had its own
collection difficulties) or from fruits in season. Honey and fructose,
combined with man-made seed oils, have caused a lot of problems.
When we abuse our bodies by eating wheat, fructose, and seed oils, I
am convinced we are violating the spirit of the Word of Wisdom,
whatever it says or doesn't say about wheat. We need to contextually
interpret it: it is about not defiling our temples (bodies). If my
temple becomes diabetic, then I am defiling it when I eat things that
cause it harm.
Well said, Newell. I love the insight.
*This post is linked to The Healthy Home Economist's Monday Mania.