Food For Thought

Food For Thought

Food For Thought – Part II

Genesis 3rd Chapter

6 "And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food,
and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one
wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her
husband with her; and he did eat."

In this week’s text we will focus on one of the primary reasons why Eve
partook of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil: because "it was
pleasant to the eyes." I find this interesting because even today we still
eat things based more on how they look rather than how they may or may not
benefit our bodies. Too many of us are on those "seefood" diets. We
eat everything we see. Children of God, that’s just got to change. If we are to
actually live the length of time that God has designated for us (120 years –
Genesis 6:3), then we must learn to take care of the bodies that He has so
graciously given us.

Perhaps one of the worst things about grocery stores is that there isn’t
anything that SIMPLY tell us what’s good or bad for us right when we pick up
our items. Most of the time we’re left to our own resources, and that’s usually
when we just start throwing things in the basket. Unfortunately, our selections
are based on how good the picture or item looks on the front of the label.

However, one of the best things that we can do is learn to be more selective
about what we put into our bodies. Through the prophet Hosea, the Lord explains
to the Israelites that His "people are destroyed for lack of
knowledge" (Hosea 4:6). We don’t want to be destroyed; we want to thrive
and prosper in every area of our lives. Therefore, we need to learn how to read
the BACK of the label and not just go by the picture and price on the front.

One of the easiest things to look for is the amount of Fat & Saturated
Fat in foods. These amounts are usually located on the BACK label of the item
and not next to that pretty picture. Once we locate the amount of fat we need
to use what I call "the 30/10 rule." This simply means that if the
total FAT exceeds 30% or the SATURATED FAT exceeds 10% then you really don’t
want to eat or purchase that product. Of, course there are always exceptions to
every rule, such as dairy products, but there are also "reduced fat"
products in the dairy line that can be substituted.

Eating foods that are high in fat can lead to elevated blood cholesterol
which in turn leads to cardiovascular disease. Diets which are high in fat also
result in clogged arteries, which cause heart attacks, strokes, and
hypertension (high blood pressure). Obesity also comes from too much fat in the
diet, which not only causes the above mentioned maladies, but also blood
disorders. In order to significantly improve our diets and overall quality of
life, we must learn to limit the amount of fat in our diets and eat better
overall.

So the next time you are out shopping, focus more on the information and not
the temptation. The picture on the front is there to be "pleasant to the
eyes," but the label on the back is where we should ultimately set our
"sights.