Chuck Norris said he gets asked quite often what kind of diet Jesus would have followed, as more and more Americas pay attention to nutrition and fitness.
In a column he wrote for WND, Norris discussed the book, “What Would Jesus Eat?” by Dr. Don Colbert.
“I thought I’d go back to the training manual – the Bible – and see what Jesus ate,” Colbert said, according to Norris. “Lo and behold, Jesus ate the healthiest diet ever developed, the Mediterranean diet.” Colbert also researched the “diets of those living in first-century Israel.”
“Jesus was a Jew, so he would have followed Old Testament dietary laws. These laws were exacting,” Norris wrote, adding:
Fish with scales and fins were eaten.
Crustaceans (crabs, lobsters, shrimp), mollusks (clams, mussels) and catfish were not.
Sheep, cattle and goats were eaten.
Hogs were not (Colbert says tongue-in-cheek that Jesus would not have eaten an Easter ham.)
Locusts were a delicacy and reportedly tasted like shrimp. (Bet you thought I was going to say chicken! Of course, Jews then wouldn’t have even known they tasted like shrimp, since shrimp and all other crustaceans were “unclean.”)
Norris then discussed an article by Dr. Aaron Tabor on BeliefNet “about some of the foods and drinks Jesus likely consumed,” saying:
Figs are excellent sources of potassium and dietary fiber, and are good source of antioxidant phytonutrients like anthocyanins and carotenoids.
Grapes are a rich source of many phytonutrients, including resveratrol, saponins and many other antioxidant compounds.
Olive oil is rich in anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant compounds, as well as monounsaturated dietary fat, which helps support heart health by reducing total and bad cholesterol levels.
Raw honey contains phytonutrients that fight cancer-causing agents, and can support normal blood sugar and cholesterol health. The carbohydrates in honey are a good energy source and enhance digestive tract health by promoting beneficial bacteria.
Vinegar, including wine vinegar and apple cider vinegar, can support normal blood sugar health and increase the absorption of calcium from vegetables.
Fatty fish – like lake trout, salmon, mackerel, herring and sardines – are great sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which have anti-inflammatory agents, support healthy blood lipid levels, reduce blood pressure and reduce heart disease risk.
The pomegranate is a “super fruit” because it is rich in antioxidants, and supports heart health, breast health, prostate health and skin health. Nutritionally, a single pomegranate provides roughly 50 percent of our daily fiber and vitamin C needs.
Lamb is an excellent source of protein, vitamins B3 and B12, selenium, zinc, phosphorous and iron. Lamb is also less high in saturated fat than other meat products, and most of its fats are the healthier mono- and polyunsaturated fats.
Whole grain breads are a rich source of vitamins, minerals and soluble dietary fiber.
Dr. Colbert also wrote, “The What Would Jesus Eat Cookbook,” for those who wish to cook the foods Christ would have eaten.