For thy stomach’s sake

Just read on BBC News that people who carry a lot of weight have an increased risk of developing dementia (see here). Which means stop eating and drink more coffee since, according to another research, drinking coffee reduces the risk of stroke, cancer and dementia. Speaking of eating healthy don’t forget your daily dose of (dark) chocolate which prevents heart disease and red wine which is said to increase overall longevity. Eggs, too. Labeled as unhealthy in the 80s studies have now proven that eating eggs regularly along with a healthy, low-fat diet does not negatively affect LDL-cholesterol or heart disease risk. In fact, here’s a list of 20 Healthiest Foods That Are Actually Killing You Slowly.

Aren’t some of these things obvious? Is being overweight ever going to be revealed by researchers as a good thing? (Though I don’t know how its related to dementia. Oh well.) In the end we might be hearing about more and more things which we thought to be bad are really not that bad for us. But then again, just because they’re good doesn’t mean that a lot of it is even better. One of the things we Orthodox have had trouble explaining to heterodox Christians is that we, well, allow alcohol. Yet this hardly means we condone getting drunk. No, a glass or two shouldn’t get you drunk. It might even help you as St. Paul says to Timothy, “Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach’s sake and thine often infirmities.” (I Tim. 5:23).

The key word is not good or bad but moderation. In other words, not too much. Or, as English author Julian Barnes wrote, “You can have your cake and eat it: the only trouble is you get fat”, which, of course, brings us back to where we started with this post.


4 thoughts on “For thy stomach’s sake

  1. People who carry a lot of weight also increase their risk of having a heart attack, because of the strain that the excessive weight has on the heart.

    While we are on the subject of food and health, I might add that most doctors recommend that a person should eat at least five fruits and/or vegetables each day. Doing so not only reduces the probability of a heart attack, but also diminishes an individual’s chance of getting cancer. Purple grape juice is known for its ability to open the arteries, thus reducing a person’s chance of having a heart attack or stroke.

  2. Father: Always enjoy reading you’re Blog. Thank you for all the efforts; God grant you every blessing.

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