Five Superfoods that Jesus Ate Regularly

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Food was not easy to come by before the agricultural, industrial, and technological revolutions of the last few centuries. But, before that time, civilizations were able to grow and prosper for thousands of years. In Nazareth and Jerusalem circa 2000 years ago, life was still mostly agrarian. During the time of Jesus, malnutrition was an annual threat. A dry winter meant less food for an entire year. Several years of drought would lead to mass migrations.

Plants, animals, and people adapted to the region, and as we all know managed to write some of the most exciting chapters in the annals of humanity. So what did Jesus and countrymen live off in the ancient land of Israel?

1. Olive oil – Olive trees are very resilient and can survive years of poor water supply while reliably providing a harvest every fall. Some trees live to be hundreds of years old. Olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fats (the good fats). It is also anti-inflammatory and tastes great on a salad. It goes without saying that back in the day all olive oil was extra virgin and cold pressed.

2. Wine – Grapes grew in abundance in the foothills of Jerusalem and while they had a very short season, wine lasts for years. Besides its religious function and great side effects, red wine contains antioxidants called resveratrols. These may help prevent heart disease by increasing levels of good cholesterol and protecting against damage to blood vessels.

3. Fish – Jesus may have walked on the water, but underneath him the Sea of Galilee (actually, it’s a lake) was teeming with freshwater fish. Fishermen could rely on a relatively stable supply of fish, which are a great source of lean protein, and beneficial omega-3 fats.

4. Pomegranate – Pomegranate trees grow well in Mediterranean climates and produce what is arguably one of the sweetest fresh superfoods of the ancient world. (They did not have blueberries or strawberries).

5. Figs – Fig trees tend to grow near water sources, and are hardy enough to withstand blazing summer heat and cold winter nights. The fruit can be eaten fresh or preserved by drying. Dried figs were traveler’s food. In either configuration, figs are rich in virtually every nutrient in the book, including fiber, calcium, vitamin A, and B vitamins. They are also good for constipation.

Merry Christmas everyone! Here’s to a happy and healthy holiday for all.

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  • Missleigh

    This was good!!

  • garlic7girl

    Cool!!!

  • chrystina

    Love this article, although I cannot drink wine because of a contradictory medicine, all the foods listed are a great reminder of how to eat healthy.

    • PintoBean

      100% Concord grape juice is similar to the benefits of wine without the alcoholic effect. Just go easy on it, just like wine.

  • Gary

    And now we finally have an answer to the question: what would Jesus chew?!

  • will m hustle

    Prove Jesus existed first before you tell me what was on his plate.

    • Jimby1213

      Prove to the rest of us that Jesus did not exist!

    • Misty

      There is ample documentation to prove his existence outside of the bible. Choosing not to look for it is of no consequence to anything except your intelligence.

    • PintoBean

      Ok. Five superfoods that were staples of the Mediteranean diet and are readily available today for those of us trying to “Foodicate” ourselves. Go be argumentative somewhere else will m

  • rarebird

    RIDICULOUS idea for an article.

    • shanae_b

      What’s ridiculous is u not seeing past urself. This article was very insightful!

    • Dani

      It’s Christmas and so it was Christmas themed, Scrooge