Healthy Fruits Of The Bible

Healthy Fruits Of The Bible

Did you know that the color of healthy fruits give us a little insight as to what vitamins and nutrients are included? By putting a rainbow of color on your food plate, you will gain a healthy amount of essential vitamins and minerals.

The nutritional value of each fruit varies with the type… fruits of similar colors contain similar benefits. While some healthy fruits are considered to be superfoods because of their large supply of nutrients, all of the Fruit Group varieties provide great nutritional benefits.

  • Each Bible Fruit is highlighted in more detail below.
  • Following the Specific Bible Fruit’s is a list of fruits in each color group and the nutrients they represent. Fruits in bold are specifically referenced in the Bible.

Specific Healthy Fruits On The Bible Foods List:

Let’s discover a bit more about the healthy fruits that are specifically on the list of Bible foods each one sprinkled-with-a-dash of interesting and nutritious facts, also a bible reference or two about each of them.

Apples or *Quince tree fruit

Song of Solomon 2:5; “Strengthen me with raisin cakes, refresh me with apples…”

Joel 1:12 – “The vine is dried up and the fig tree fails; the pomegranate tree, the palm tree also, and the apple or quince tree…”

 

Nutrition Facts:
Fat free
Cholesterol free
Sodium free
Good source of Fiber
Good source of Vitamin C

Interesting Apple Facts:
There are over 2,500 varieties.
The Romans and Egyptians introduced them to Britain.
The pilgrims planted the first apple trees in North America.
Apples are the most popular healthy fruit in the United States.

 

 


Pomegranates –
also One of the Bible Superfoods

Numbers 13:23 – Then they came to the valley of Eshcol and from there cut down a branch with a single cluster of grapes; and they carried it on a pole between two men, with some of the pomegranates and the figs.

 

Nutrition Facts:
Pomegranates are very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. This superfruit is a good source of Dietary Fiber and Folate, and a very good source of Vitamin C and Vitamin K.

Interesting Facts:
The pomegranate was one of the first cultivated fruits. Pillars in Solomon’s temple in Jerusalem, were decorated with pomegranates, they were also illustrated on the robes of the Jewish priests.

Numbers 13:23 – Then they came to the valley of Eshcol and from there cut down a branch with a single cluster of grapes; and they carried it on a pole between two men, with some of the pomegranates and the figs.

 

 


Figs –

As Food Reference
1 Samuel 30:12 – And they gave him a piece of a cake of figs and two clusters of raisins. So when he had eaten, his strength came back to him; for he had eaten no bread nor drunk water for three days and three nights.

As Medicinal Reference
2 Kings 20:7 – And Isaiah said, Bring a cake of figs. Let them lay it on the burning inflammation, that he may recover.

 

Nutrition Facts:
The fig fruits are important as both food and traditional medicine. They contain laxative substances, flavonoids, sugars, vitamins A and C, acids and enzymes.

Interesting Facts:
– The fig tree is the first tree species mentioned by name in the Bible; in the Garden of Eden.
Genesis 3: 7 – Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.

– Figs, were among the first – if not the very first – plant species that were deliberately bred for agriculture in the Middle East.

 

Dates

2 Samuel 6:19He also distributed to all the people—to the whole crowd of Israelites, both men and women—one loaf of bread, one date cake, and one raisin cake. Then all the people went home.

 

Nutrition Facts:
Dates provide a wide range of essential nutrients, and are a very good source of dietary potassium. The sugar content of ripe dates is about 80%; the remainder consists of protein, fiber, and trace elements including boron, cobalt, copper, fluorine, magnesium, manganese, selenium, and zinc.

Interesting Date Facts:
Dates are mentioned more than 50 times in the Bible.
Dates have been a staple food of the Middle East for thousands of years.
A Date palm seed was successfully sprouted after accidental storage for 2000 years.

 


Grapes – A Bible Superfood

Deuteronomy 23:24 – When you enter your neighbor’s vineyard, then you may eat grapes until you are fully satisfied, but you shall not put any in your basket.

Nutrition Facts: (just a few)
Grapes are considered a
super-fruit, having a rich source of micro-nutrient minerals like copper, iron and manganese. They are an also good source of vitamin-C, vitamin A, vitamin K, carotenes, B-complex vitamins such as pyridoxine, riboflavin, and thiamin.

Grapes are rich in the phytonutrient compound resveratrol.  Resveratrol is one of the most powerful anti-oxidants, which has been found to play a protective role against cancers of colon and prostate, coronary heart disease, degenerative nerve disease, Alzheimer’s disease and viral/ fungal infections.

Interesting Facts:
Grapes are one of the oldest healthy fruits to be grown, they are first mentioned in the Bible when Noah, after the flood, planted a vineyard.

Genesis 9:20Then Noah began farming and planted a vineyard.


Melons –
Biblical Healthy Fruits

A variety of melons were thought to have been grown in the Mediterranean region in biblical times: Cantaloupe, Honeydew, and Watermelons.

 

Nutrition Facts:
Melons are rich in antioxidant flavonoids such as beta-carotene, lutein, zea-xanthin and cryptoxanthin. These antioxidants have the ability to help protect cells and other structures in the body from oxygen-free radicals and hence; offer protection against colon, prostate, breast, endometrial, lung, and pancreatic cancers.

Interesting Facts:
The Egyptian melon, which has been called “the queen of cucumbers;” commonly known as the water melon.

Melons are common in the Middle East. Watermelons grow luxuriantly in Palestine, even in dry and sandy soil. They are a delicious and healthy fruit in a hot climate, and were among the types of food for which the Hebrews pined in the desert.

Numbers 11:5 We remember the fish which we used to eat free in Egypt, the cucumbers and the melons and the leeks and the onions and the garlic.

 

 

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Fruits and Their Food Color Groups –


Red/Pink Color Group: 

*(For-Your-Information)Phytonutrients, are health-promoting compounds, derived from plants.

Nutrition – Red fruits are exceptional sources of phytonutrients, such as lycopene and anthocyanins. Foods rich in lycopene have been shown to fight heart disease and some cancers.

Fruit Sources Red Apples, Blood Oranges, Cherries, Cranberries, Red Grapes, Red/Pink Grapefruit, Pomegranates, Raspberries, Strawberries, Tomatoes, and Watermelon


Blue/Purple Color Group:  

NutritionBlue and purple fruits are especially good sources of phytonutrients such as anthocyanins (commonly referred to as bioflavonoids), and phenolic compounds.

In addition to acting as antioxidants and fighting free radicals, anthocyanins may offer anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and anti-cancer benefits.

Fruit Sources Blackberries, Blueberries, Plums, Purple Figs, and Purple Grapes


Green Color Group:  

NutritionGreen fruits are good sources of potent phytonutrients such as lutein and indoles (sulfur-containing compounds).

Lutein, is an antioxidant that may play an important role in eye and skin health.

Fruit Sources Avocados, Green Apples, Green Grapes, Green Pears, Honeydew Melon, Kiwifruit, and Limes


Orange/Yellow Color Group:

Nutrition Orange and yellow fruits are especially good sources of antioxidants such as vitamin C, carotenoids, and bioflavonoids.

Carotenoids are a type of phytonutrient whose consumption has been associated with reduced risks of cancers, various diseases, cataract, and age-related macular degeneration.

Fruit Sources Apricots, Cantaloupe, Lemons, Mangoes, Nectarines, Oranges, Papayas, Peaches, Pineapple, Tangerines, and Yellow Watermelon


White – Tan/Brown Color Group:      
The white fruit group also includes tan and brown fruits       

Nutrition – Fruits in this group are especially good sources of anthocyanins and other various nutrients for each individual fruit.

Healthy Fruit Sources Bananas, Brown Pears, Dates, Brown Figs, White Nectarines, and White Peaches



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*According to the WebBible Encyclopedia… There is no positive evidence that apples grew in Israel in Biblical days. *The actual fruit in question could possibly have been the quince.

 

Page Credits:
Nutrition Facts For Color Group
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Nutrition Facts – nutrition-and-you.com

WebBible Encyclopedia – WebBible.net