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Dear Brethren-Introducing the Daniel Diet (Part 1)

By now, many people may have heard the story about Daniel in the Lion’s den.

However, I am not too sure if people know about the test Daniel undertook in regards to biblical dietetic principles prior to the event that led to the Lion’s Den story.

In brief detail, Daniel, along with three of his friends Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were captives in the old regions of Babylon.

It is worth mentioning that these were not their original names as their names were changed as follows:

(Daniel _ “God is my judge” > Belteshazzar

Mishael _ “Who is like God?” > Meshach

Hananiah _ “Jehovah is gracious” > Shadrach

Azariah _ “Jehovah is my helper” > Abednego)

The story has it that they, along with the rest of the slaves, had to go before the king after a span of time and were all instructed to eat a specific diet, the king’s diet that is, to fatten them up and make them more ‘attractive’. However being of Jewish descent, Daniel and his friends refused to eat of the king’s menu due to the fact that in the Laws of their Heritage, found in the Old Testament, in Leviticus Chapter 11 and Deuteronomy Chapter 14.3-21, God gave commands about what foods they could not eat and detailed information on this has been given elsewhere in this blog post.

Now, in the Bible, Daniel rejected the foods that the King of Babylon set before him not only for health reasons, but because it was most likely that the meats were from animals that had been sacrificed to idols and gods other than the God of Israel. As a result, Daniel and his three companions refused to pollute themselves with the King’s delicacies. The principal court official got worried that these young men would become weak, emaciated or otherwise less attractive. As a result, the King would not be happy with this because these young men, along with several other Israelite captives, had been hand selected as the best of them all. He wanted them trained to serve in the palace.

However, to Daniel, eating these foods would mean defiling himself before his God, so Daniel requested that the court official give him and his companions a diet of “vegetables and water” for 10 days as a test. At the end of the 10 days they were in better health than the other captives who had been eating the rich food of the King. They went on to have very prominent positions in the King’s service.

From Daniel 1:3-7, these verses indicate the simple diet chosen by Daniel was vegetables and water. However, nearly all Bible translations interpret this diet using either the words vegetables, pulse or even grain. The King James version chose the word pulse. The actual word translated here is zeroa’ (zeraim) (Strong’s H2235 and H2232) which refers to plants and trees whose yield has seeds. Zera is the very same word used in the creation account and Genesis 1:29.

It should be noted that the Daniel Diet was not a different one from the Bible diet passed from generation to generation since Adam. Daniel simply requested the diet he knew to be right by restricting his foods to the most vibrant, colorful fruits and vegetables grown of that time.

There are two anchoring scriptures for the Daniel Diet. In Daniel 1 the Prophet ate only plant based items (that would have included fruits) and drank only water. So from these scriptures we get two of the guidelines for the fast:

1. Only fruits and vegetables

2. Only water for a beverage

So, during this 10-day test and subsequent training, Daniel and his three friends restricted themselves to the first two classes of the four Bible food groups as discussed elsewhere.

Genesis 1:29

• 1. Every tree whose yield bears seed

Examples: apples, avocados, grapefruit, pecans, papaya, cherries, olives, walnuts

• 2. Every plant whose yield bears seed

Examples: tomatoes, watermelons, melons, grapes, cucumbers, eggplants, basically ‘plants’ that yield fruit.

They knew God’s simple, trustworthy guidelines, and in order for them to know what the best foods are, they relied on God’s original plan for man’s diet since He said: “Look, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you.” Therefore, suffice it to say that mostly fruits and some vegetables constitute the diet chosen for us by our Creator. These foods, prepared in as simple and natural a manner as possible, are the most healthful and nourishing. They give a strength, a power of endurance, and a vigor of intellect, that are not available in a more complex and stimulating diet.

Personally, what I find appealing about this story is I think for the average person, adopting this diet of fruits and vegetables could be a life-time choice.

I am not surprised that this could be the case considering that it is

1. Very practical.

2. Not as extreme as being a 100% Fruit Eater.

3. Not as socially isolating as being a strict frugivore can be.

4. Is indeed very satisfactory psychologically and physically for those who may have challenges being a raw vegan.

Co-incidentally, this diet so closely resembles the Mucus-less diet promoted by the founding father of the Raw Vegan Diet, Professor Arnold Ehret.

His Standard Daily Menu Was as follows:

1. Morning: Lemonade

2. Lunch: Fruits (2-3 of whatever is in season BUT one at a time)

3. Dinner: Vegetables (Raw or Properly Steamed/Baked/Cooked Leafy & or Root Vegetables as the case may be)

I truly think everyone, even if you have been eating meat all your life, can adapt to this.

I would like to point out that Ehret’s standard menu is quite similar to how I eat. Actually on weekends or days when I don’t have to be up too early, I adopt his standard menu. However, during the week or on busy days, I simply skip lunch and have dinner consisting of fruits. Now, what works for me might not work for you and no one is saying that you should, but for me, after eating easily a whole watermelon, 2 musk melons then 6 mangoes, I rarely want to eat anything else but just want to go take a walk and get some fresh air. I strongly think that if and when I get married or get into a childhood dream of mine as a career that I’ll simply be a frugivore as I would have something to get my mind off of food and I am fully grown hence I may not need the essential elements growing kids and lactating mothers may need.

However, honestly, let’s be real: when the average person goes to the restaurant or take-out to eat, they rarely ever think: “Oh, let me get this for protein, let me get that for vitamin C, let me get this for carbohydrates…” No, they simply say, I want to get stuffed and enjoy every bite of what I eat.” The same applies to me and fruit. I believe once I have drank my lemonade for the day my vitamin and mineral needs are met as Lemons are the richest sources of them and of course such a wide variety of fruit has to have more than enough nutrients needed.

At this point in regards to my diet, that’s me in a nutshell, however, the Good Lord gave us a plethora of items from the plant kingdom to choose from, therefore if you drink your lemonade in the morning, ‘graze’ on fruit in the afternoon and eat your steamed veggies with some avocadoes and Uniodized Sea-Salt (the only condiment I think humans may and could use) you will definitely see a drastic improvement in your health.

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Foras Aje is an independent researcher and author of “Fitness: Inside and Out”, a book on improving physical and mental health naturally with a Bible-Based Diet and Exercise. For more information on this book or other natural health tips, visit his site at

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One Response to “Dear Brethren-Introducing the Daniel Diet (Part 1)”

  1. Chris says:


    thanks for information!…

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