Dietary guidelines of some of the world's major religions

Published: Wednesday, May 23 2012 12:30 p.m. MDT

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While not all Buddhists are vegetarians, many believe it is necessary to adhere to two of the "Five Moral Precepts" most Buddhists follow. These principles are "to abstain from taking life" and "to abstain from taking what is not given."

It is said that Buddha allowed the consumption of meat in small quantities of a very limited set of animals as long as the meat was not killed purely for the purpose of eating and if the meat was granted as a gift.

Buddhists believe making right food choices can lead to spiritual enlightenment.

Buddhists ask these questions about their food: What food is this? Why am I eating it? When should I eat and benefit from this food? How should I eat it?
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Provo, UT

Is the LDS Church still enforcing this Word of Wisdom thing?

D&C 89 does not even mention coffee, tea, alcohol, and illegal drugs. It does not really encourage members "to eat food in proper proportions and to show respect and appreciation for their food by not wasting or overindulging." the obesity rate among LDS is no better than the general population. Too many unhealthy casseroles at Ward activities! A quick glance at any typical Ward congregation proves overindulgence is the rule, not the exception.

Diet Coke must have been secretly announced as the official drink of the Church, despite how unhealthy it is. You can lose your temple recommend for drinking coffee (generic brewed, 95mg caffeine), or tea (black brewed, 50mg), but not for drinking a Redbull (80mg) or a Diet Coke (47mg), or for taking Excedrin (130mg).

And I don't see any Church members following these dietary restrictions:

"Nevertheless, wheat for man, and corn for the ox, and oats for the horse, and rye for the fowls and for swine, and for all beasts of the field, and barley for all useful animals, and for mild drinks (beer?), as also other grain."

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