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Biblical Health Food Guide

This is an eating guide containing an exhaustive collection of the dietary Laws that were commanded for God's people to follow so they may be a Holy people unto him.  Clean could be another word for healthy.

“For he that eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks damnation to himself, not discerning the body, which is the Lord's. For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.” - 1 Corinthians 11:29-30

Please read that you may be better informed on how to live a healthier repentant life.  Over time we want this to be the most exhaustive list available on line.  If you know of any animals or ingredients not seen in these lists here, let us know in the comments below and we would be glad to add it.


Animals that part the hoof and chew the cud:

Cow                Sheep              Antelope           Buffalo             Bison               Caribou

Deer                Elk                  Gazelle              Giraffe             Goat                Hart

Ibex                Moose              Reindeer           Roebuck

(And their products: Milk, Butter, and Cheese)


Fish that have fins and scales:

Anchovy          Bass                 Bluefish           Carp                Cod                  Crappie          

Flounder          Grouper           Grunt               Haddock          Halibut              Herring

Mackerel          Minnow           Perch               Pickerel           Pike                  Rock fish

Salmon            Shad               Smelt              Sole                 Sunfish            Steel head

Snapper fish    Tarpon            Tuna (Albacore, Bonita, and Yellow tail)             Trout

(And their products: Eggs, oils)


Birds that have clean characteristics:

Chickens          Dove               Grouse             Guinea Fowl    Partridge          Peacock

Pheasant         Pigeon             Songbirds         Sparrow         Quail               Turkey

(And their eggs)


Clean creeping things:

Locusts            Crickets           Grasshoppers

(Anything with adjoined legs made for hopping)


"Put difference between holy and unholy, and between unclean and clean; And that ye may teach the children of Israel all the statutes which the LORD hath spoken unto them by the hand of Moses." Leviticus 10:10-11


Animals that do not part the hoof and chew the cud or have paws:

Boar                 Peccary           Hog (which includes BACON, HAM, LARD, ETC)

Coyote             Hyena              Dog                 Jackal               Fox                  Wolf

Bear                Cat                  Cheetah           Leopard            Lion                 Panther

Leopard           Tiger               Donkey             Horse               Mule                Onager          

Quagga           Zebra               Badger            Coney               Hare                Monkey

Opossum         Porcupine         Raccoon          Skunk               Squirrel            Camel

Elephant          Gorilla              Hippo              Kangaroo          Llama              Rhino

Wallaby           Hyrax             


Water creatures lacking fins and scales:

Catfish             Eel                   Marlin              Shark               Sturgeon          Abalone

Clam               Crab                 Crayfish           Lobster             Mussel             Prawn

Oyster             Scallop             Shrimp            Cuttlefish           Jellyfish            Limpet

Octopus           Squid               Dolphin            Otter                Seal                  Walrus

Whale              Snails             


Birds with unclean characteristics:

Albatross         Bat                   Bittern             Buzzard           Candor            Cormorant

Crane             Crow                Cuckoo            Duck                Eagle               Flamingo

Goose            Grosbeak          Gull                 Hawk               Heron              Kite

Lapwing          Loon                Osprey             Ostrich            Owl                 Pelican

Penguin          Plover              Raven              Stork              Swallow           Swan

Swift              Vulture             Water Hen       Woodpecker  

(And do not eat their eggs)


Unclean Creeping things:

Crocodile         Lizard              Snake               Turtle              Frog                 Newt

Salamander    Toad                 Mole                Mouse              Rat                   Snail

Slug               Weasels           Ferret               Tortoise           Alligator          Chameleon

(All insects except those listed above as clean)

Additional food regulations


“For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth.  Thou shalt not eat any abominable thing.” - Deuteronomy 14:2-3

Castoreum- a chemical compound that mostly comes from a beaver’s castor sacs, which are milked through a beavers anal glands.

Gelatin- a tasteless, brittle substance extracted by boiling bones,hoofs, and animal tissue, and is used in the preparation of foods and medicine capsules.

Lard- the fat of hogs melted down and clarified to become a white,soft solid.

Glycerin-Can come from plant derivative but more commonly from the cheapest (pig) fat.

Mono- and Di-Glycerides- comes from glycerin.

Iodine- can and often dose come from shellfish.

Steric Acid/ Magnesium Sterate- comes from both vegetable and animal fats.

Flavorings-this includes the words “bacon flavorings” or the plain word “flavorings”. Flavorings can sometimes mean the food was flavored with Hog fat (a.k.a. Lard) or this may plainly mean that it was flavored with an undisclosed but biblically clean season

Isinglass- fish gelatin made from sturgeon’s swim bladder. The sturgeon is a group of fish that almost never have scales, like an American“cat fish”. Isinglass is often an additive in imported beer, wine and occasionally domestic beer also. This will NOT be listed on the label due to the fact that isinglass is used in the clarification process as a net that catches all unwanted particles. The particles and the isinglass are then taken out of the beverage and therefor are not considered an additive, yet biblically we should not eat such things as touch the unclean.

Alpha Amytase- Made from hog pancreas.  Used in some flours to breakdown any starches.

Ambergris- Made from whale intestine.  Used in some foods as flavoring and also used in perfumes.

Carmine (Cochineal)- A crimson pigment derived from a Mexican species of scale insect (coccus cacti).  Its used as coloring in red apple sauce, fruit cocktail, confections, baked goods, beverages, meats and spices.

Vitamin D- Possibly could be derived from pork.  Common in fortified foods including milk.

Shellac- Derived from insect secretions.  Used in glazes in confectioneries.

Iodized Salt- Add unclean iodine in it.

Bread- Add Mono and Diglycerides in their product.

Marshmallows(Rice Crispy Treats, S mores, etc.) –Contain Gelatin

Gelatin desserts– Contain Gelatin (Jell-O brand is certified kosher)

Pudding- may contain Gelatin and/or Lard

Hot Chocolate- Prepackaged contains Gelatin and/or Lard (usually the low fat varieties).

Pop Tarts-Contains Gelatin in icing

Pie crusts- (Deli pies, Frozen Pies, Pre made Pie Crusts, etc.) - Usually contain Lard

Re-fried Beans-Can contain Lard

Turkey Bacon- Sometimes contains Lard or bacon flavoring or flavorings.

Turkey Ham- Sometimes Contain Lard or bacon flavoring or flavorings.

Turkey Pepperoni- Can contains Lard or bacon flavoring or flavorings.

Pre boxed bread mixes- Brownies cookies, cakes, etc. –can contain Lard, Gelatin as well as mono and diglycerides.

Donuts- Can contain Lard and Gelatin

Gel Caps (a.k.a. Gelatin caps) Over the counter painkillers, fever reducers, etc, prescription medication

Ground Meat (hot sticks, sausages)- Some butchers add Lard or added ground Hog to make the meat stick together. You must request they do not add anything else.

Potato Chips- may contain Lard

Dog Food– Contains many different types of unclean food. Even if it says Lamb and Rice or Chicken and Beef they still use “animal fat”, and “animal digest”. So it is better not to let small children get into these things

There are very few medical products that are offered in the local store or pharmacy that are truly clean. You must call every company in order to prove its source. There are no kosher medications and pharmaceuticals on account of the rabbinical (Not biblical) approach to medication; that is that as long as it is prescribed to treat your illness or if it is tastes bad, it is not food.

Acth (Adrenocorticotropin)- From the pig's pituitary glands used to treat Leukemia, cystic fibrosis gout and arthritis.

Adrenalin- From pig's adrenal glands.

Calcium- Crushed hog or possibly cow bones.

Chymotrypsin- A digestive enzyme from hogs that is used to promote healing and remove dead skin tissue.

Corticotropin- A gel derived from animal gelatin used in injectables.  Vegatable base is available.

Epinephrine- Made from pig adrenal glands used to treat heart disease and allergy suppression.

Heparin- From the pig's intestinal mucosa, used for blood clotting.

Insulin- Made from the pig's pancreas gland.  Beef sources available.

Pill capsules- many are made with gelatin

Pancreatin- Made from the pig's pancreas used as a digestive aid and for chronic pancreatitis.

Pepsin- Enzymes derived from animals, possibly pork, used for indigestion in stomach coaters.

Progesterone- Extracted from pig ovaries used for menopausal syndromes.

Thyroxine and thyrotopine- Derived from a pig's thyroid used as thyroid preparations.

Soaps, Shampoos, Conditioners and Detergent soaps(laundry and dish) may contain unclean additives. Anything that you put on your body, ranging from deodorant, toothpaste, cosmetics, lotion and many others often have unclean additives. This is mentioned here because you cannot clean yourself with unclean things. Below is a list of ingredients to source verify if you do not want to touch unclean things.

Lard- Fat from pork is used

Glycerin- May be derived from pork

Kosher Symbols

Kosher-Symbo.jpgIf you see a kosher symbol or certification you can be mostly sure that it is a clean food. You can not trust this entirely due to the principles of those who certify it. One thing one must watch for is the kosherization of duck. Jews consider it kosher while it is not a biblical clean food.

Just because it does not have a kosher symbol on it does not mean it is unclean. Companies pay for kosher certification in hopes that it will help them in receiving more business.  Some companies on the other hand do not pay for this service, but that does not mean that the food is unclean, this is found in more “generic” brand named foods.

Kosherization also forbids the combination of dairy product and meat.  So this may be another reason why many foods that contain clean meat and dairy products are not koshered, such as cheese that is made with an enzyme called rennet, produced from a calves’ stomach; kosher cheese is made with vegetable rennet. 





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