Daniel Chapter 1
V3-5. One day the king ordered …his highest official to choose some young men … they must be fit to serve in the royal palace. (The king said:) Give them the same food and wine that I am served.
V8. Daniel made up his mind to eat and drink only what God had approved for his people to eat … and asked not to eat the food and wine served in the royal palace.
V10-13 (The official told Daniel): And I am afraid he (the king) will kill me, if you eat something else and end up looking worse than the other men. Daniel said to the guard: For the next ten days, let us have only vegetables and water at mealtime. When the next ten days are up, compare how we look with the other young men, and decide what to do with us.
V15-16. Ten days later, Daniel and his friends looked healthier and better than the young men who had been served food from the royal palace. After this, the guard let them eat vegetables instead of the rich food and wine.
Interpret this experiment however you like. What is the message here? Not only we today, even the court officials years ago were “brain-washed” into believing that “royal or affluent food” is healthy.
Daniel had a choice ~ what would you choose?
If I were to adopt Daniel’s diet, would I be just as healthy?
This story is probably the first success experiment on human nutrition ever recorded!