The Seventh day Adventist church believes in the benefits of a vegetarian diet. Shown we should stop eating meat in 1863.

The Seventh day Adventist church (SDA) is a protestant religion that evolved out of the Millerite movement, which took place in the United States in the mid 1800’s. The SDA name was chosen in 1860 to reflect the teachings of the church:

    Remember the 7th day to keep it holy – Exodus 20:8 The 2nd Advent of the Lord Jesus Christ – Matt: 24:27, 29-30, Acts 1: 11

In May, 1863, the General conference of Seventh day Adventists was organized. Since June 1863 the church has promoted the health benefits of a vegetarian diet based on the writings of Ellen G. White, one of the founders of the church. In her book, Counsels on Health, she writes about what she was shown about the ‘Evils of Meat Eating’. Although Ellen White wrote that she was shown we should stop eating meat the SDA church only recommends to its members a vegetarian diet; however it expects members to abstain from “unclean foods” as per Leviticus 11.

Many SDA’s who practice a vegetarian lifestyle maintain a lacto ovo vegetarian diet, however Ellen G. White stated in 1902, that the time would come when there will be no safety in using eggs, milk, cream, or butter, because disease in animals is increasing ……………God will give His people ability and tact to prepare wholesome food without these things. Testimonies for the Church, Vol. 7, page 135

Vegetarian Restaurants were established to promote dietetic and health reform. Sanitariums (including Loma Linda Sanitarium now Loma Linda University Medical) were established along with cooking schools to teach people to reform their diets and the principles of health reform.

There are also many Adventists Book Centres (ABC’s) around the world. An ABC is a store were religious and spiritually uplifting books, including vegetarian cook books, etc are sold. Most of these ABC’s also sell health foods, including vegetarian meat substitutes.

Many studies have been conducted on Seventh day Adventist comparing them to non-adventists, which has helped to promote vegetarian nutrition and health. Following is a statement from Loma Linda University:

    "Adventists, due in part to their unique dietary habits, have a lower risk than other Americans of heart disease, several cancers, and probably high blood pressure, arthritis, and diabetes. This, along with their wide variety of dietary habits, provides a special opportunity for careful research to answer a host of scientific questions about how diet (and other health habits) may change the risk of suffering from many chronic diseases.

    Two previous studies on Adventist health involving 24,000 and 34,000 Californian Adventists have been directed from Loma Linda University over the last 40 years. These have been among the first to raise scientific awareness of the close relationship between diet and health. This groundbreaking work has brought visibility and accolades to the lifestyle recommended by Seventh day Adventists from both the scientific and lay communities."

Found at: July 1, 2007

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