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Leviticus 11 Isn't Just for Strict Religions
In Leviticus, there are certain foods that we weren't, or aren't supposed to eat. Since we don't usually live by those older laws, unless we are part of some kind of strict religion, we usually eat what we want. If we take the time, however, to dissect parts of Leviticus, we might see that perhaps the Bible put those rules in place not just for the old days, but for our times as well.
What Can't We Eat According to Leviticus?
According to Leviticus, we can't:
1. Eat animals that have a split hoof, like the camel, the hyrax, the rabbit, and the pig.
2. Sea creatures that don't have scales or fins. (This could include snails, certain ocean shells and mollusks.)
3. Birds that are 'unclean', like the vulture, kite, raven, owl, gull, hawk, cormorant, osprey, stork, heron, hoopoe (a colorful bird with a crown/crest decoration on top of it's head) and bats.
4. Flying creeping things (insects) that walk on all fours. Keep in mind that, according to the Bible, the insects you can eat are those that have jointed legs that are used for hopping on the ground like locusts, crickets, grasshoppers, or katydids. Insects that fly usually have six legs, but four are usually for 'walking', and two have some kind of specialization. A fly walks on the four back legs, and uses the front legs to touch its head. Grasshoppers have the same thing going on, but they leap, as opposed to fly. So butterflies are out of the diet equation, as well as cockroaches, bees, and beetles.
5. Animals that walk on their paws in the realm of animals that walk on all fours (bears, dogs, etc.)
6. Certain animals that walk on the ground, like rats, weasel, lizards, geckos, skinks and chameleons.
7. Creatures that move along the ground, whether it's on the belly or walks on all fours or on many feet. (This could include snakes and centipedes.)
In a nutshell, foods that should be avoided, according to Leviticus, are bacon, ham, sausages, fake meats, pork, eel, catfish, crab, shark, crawfish, lobster and oysters...and there's more.
What Foods CAN You Eat According to Leviticus?
According to Leviticus 11, you should probably eat grains, seeds, legumes, seed-containing succulent foods, fruits, nuts, herbs, fish, certain birds, certain insects, and approved livestock. Grains that can be consumed include wheat and barley. Seeds that can be consumed include pumpkin and sesame. Legumes that can be consumed include peas and lentils. Seed-containing succulents include okra, tomatoes and bell peppers. Fruits include lemons, berries and citrus. Nuts include walnuts and almonds. Herbs include carrots, beets, and broccoli. Livestock includes, buffalo, lamb, deer, cow, goat, and moose - to name a few Fish include salmon, bluefish bass, and anything with scales. Birds include quail and chickens, as well as grouse and pheasants. Insects, as mentioned earlier, include crickets, grasshoppers, and locusts.
Why Leviticus Says NO to Camels
Camels are eaten a lot in Asia and Africa. However, camels transmit zoonotic disease and parasites to humans. Camels also are reservoir hosts for tapeworms and they are an excellent blood source for ectoparasites, such as fleas and tick. These also transmit bacterial pathogens. Giardia in camels actually causes diarrhea in 280 million humans every year. Camels spread Linguatuliasis as well, and this nose/throat infection affects the mouth, nose, throat, eyes and lymph nodes. Interestingly, a form of coronavirus called the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus, or MERS-CoV, finds that camels are excellent natural reservoirs. At this time, a Middle Eastern Health Minister previously told people that they should not eat camel milk or meat in order to prevent the infection of coronavirus.
Why Leviticus Prohibits Rabbits
Why are Rabbits bad to eat? Rabbit meat is mostly lean, and eating just rabbits can cause something called 'rabbit starvation'. This creates symptoms of diarrhea and headache. The person is no longer able to feel full or satisfied. Rabbits give too much protein, even causing excessive protein in the body, and this causes issues like hyper aminoacidemia (too much amino acids in the blood), hyperammonemia (too much ammonia in the blood), hyperinsulinemia (high insulin which causes nausea), and death.
Why Leviticus Gives Pigs a Hard NO
Why are pigs bad to eat? Pigs have zoonotic disease known as Balantidiosis which is caused by B. Coli. It causes problems like intestinal perforation and hemorrhagic dysentery and shock. Pigs have a certain kind of nematode parasite called Trichinella spiralis. (Hyenas, Bears, and rodents carry this as well.)It's usually known as 'pork worm'). Pork liver actually transmits Hepatitis E. In fact, if a mom who is pregnant gets infected with this in the third trimester, the rate of death for the baby goes up to twenty five percent. You may not know this, but one pig liver, in every ten pig livers bought in stores, tests positive for Hepatitis E. Pig meat is actually linked with multiple sclerosis, which is a terrible condition that devastates the central nervous system. When workers are processing meat, they become injected with something known as 'pig brain mist'. These are tiny bits of pig brain tissue matter that are inhaled, causing Multiple sclerosis like symptoms and compromising the immune systems. Pigs have been the culprit behind Creutzfelt -Jakob disease (think: Mad pig disease). These are just a few ways in which pigs are unhealthy, but there are many more.
Why Leviticus Thinks Fish Without Scales are Weird
Why are fish without scales bad to eat? Scales on a fish protect the fish from bacteria, viruses, and parasites. Fish with scales are also protected from free radicals attacks. Fish that have scales have digestive systems that prevent poison/toxin absorption from the waters they swim in. Catfish, for example, do not have scales. They do, however, feed from the bottom of the ocean. (Lobsters and crabs are actually bottom-feeder as well) Catfish carry toxins known as crinotoxins, and these coast the entire catfish body, even the fines. If they puncture a person, they can cause harm. In some country, catfish venom can kill. Their digestive systems are created to absorb water toxins. Even several mussels and mollusks are considered extremely toxic because they, too, absorb poisons/toxins from the waters they inhabit.
Let's take the eel for example. The blood of an eel is poisonous. A tiny bit of the blood of an eel can kill someone, and that particular toxin creates muscle cramps. And the heart is a muscle, so eel (raw or not) really shouldn't be eaten. Another example of an unhealthy, non-scaled fish is a shark. They have extremely high levels of mercury, and these levels can cause blindness, loss of coordination, and even death. They eat a wide variety of prey, which means that a large amount of toxics and heavy metals are absorbed by the shark. Crabs actually have a neurotoxin that can cause brain damage. This poisoning is called amnesic shellfish poisoning.
In fact, eating wild oysters and shellfish during summer months is the most dangerous because phytoplankton grow better in warmer waters, and these are full of toxins. Since shellfish filter feed, guess what? The toxins are suspended in the water within the fish. Paralytic shellfish toxins are also founds in clams and scallops since they may have large amounts of sax toxin (which is produced by plankton). Domoic acid, in crabs as well, poison's a humans' brain. It can cause bizarre behavior in animals, and even death. In fact, a mass outbreak of domoic acid poisoning seabirds inspired the scary Hitchcock movie The Birds. Domoic acid is what caused the bizarre, strange behavior. Octopus, such as the blue lined octopus, has strong toxins called neuromuscular blocker tetrodotoxin, and this can cause respiratory failure. Toxins are also present in the beak of an octopus. Strangely, octopus can change their DNA, and have more DNA than humans. The livers of octopuses also harbor high levels of lead. The way that octopus are handled and processed leads to the rupturing of the liver, and hence,
Why Leviticus Thinks You Should Leave Owls Alone
Why are Owls bad to eat? Upon reading about owls, I noticed that a primary reason to avoid owl meat is to consider its diet. What do owls eat? Owls eat rats, reptiles, snails, crabs and amphibians...a small list of animals that Leviticus already said NO to...for it's own reasons (that end up making sense). Owls are subject to West Nile Virus and hemoparasites. The blood of owls can contain parasites like Leucotytozoon, Plasmodium, and Haemoproteus.
Think of The Food's Prey Source
These are just a few examples of how animals barred in Leviticus are bad for humans. We can go into detail regarding bears, dogs, reptiles, snakes and many more animals. If you feel curious, do the research but there are many reasons why Leviticus may have been on 'par' regarding what animals we may or may not eat. It appears that unclean animals are more prone to toxins, metals and parasites in correlation to their prey. What do cows and chickens eat? Perhaps we should think of the prey source of the food we eat, and consider how it may have affected the health of the animal, and consequently, our health. An example is this: Even though cow is great to eat (if you're not a vegetarian), grass-fed cows are much more healthy and amazing than corn-fed cows, yet grass-fed is a more expensive food source.
The Maker's Diet for Better Health?
There's a certain diet called the Maker's diet which takes Leviticus into account. It's a bit strict with the use of oils, condiments, sugar, drinks (non-preground coffee), and many drinks. It's done over a course of 40 days, with prayer, and it has three levels which range from basic, intermediate or advanced. I don't condone or deny that this diet works, but in case you have heard of it, or haven't, just know that it exists. It's completely different from the Daniel's diet, which is another topic for another day. The good thing about the Maker's diet, based on Leviticus, is that the foods confused (versus the foods not allowed) have a detoxifying effect on the body while reducing insulin sensitivity. Many people suffer from inflammatory bowel disease .it seems that the Leviticus (or Maker's diet) is semi-vegetarian, low fat, and limited on fiber, have shown promise in reducing inflammatory symptoms, more than prescription corticosteroids.
Crumbled Bacon and Demons
So yes, there is science and logic behind the teachings outlined in Leviticus. There are reasons why we shouldn’t eat certain animals. Maybe we’d be a bit healthier is we opted for the salmon instead of the calamari. Luckily, we usually don’t eat, butterflies, or owls, or rats, so that’s the good news. If we attempted to tweak our diets a bit, to follow Leviticus, we may reap health benefits, or at the very least, prevent mercury poisoning or strange things that pigs carry within their bodies. It’s bad enough that in Matthew 8:28-32, the demons that were terrorizing a man in Gadarenes were sent to a herd of pigs that were feeding nearby. The demons actually begged to be cast out into the herd of pigs, which sent the pigs into a frenzy and then a watery suicide (they drowned). To add, or not add, crumbled bacon on your Cobb salad. What will you decide?
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Reformed Eve (author) from USA on February 16, 2020:
Sometimes I asked myself - why would God forbid certain things in the Bible? I thought maybe there was some kind of scientific truth behind it, and it seems, that there is...it's very interesting to study the scriptures. Very enjoyable and eye-opening.
Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on February 16, 2020:
This is a very interesting article full of facts I have never heard of before now. i don't eat most of the foods on that list, put we do occasionally. I have read Leviticus and knew about the forbidden food. I guess I assumed that pigs aren't a wild animal anymore and I thought it was safe. Thanks for such interesting information.
Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on February 15, 2020:
This article is very interesting. I follow the Levitical rules on eating, so I do not eat anything that is forbidden, but I was never exposed to this detailed information on the forbidden foods. Thank you.