"And God said, Behold I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat." Gen. 1:29.
"The food which God gave Adam in his sinless state is the best for man's use as he seeks to regain that sinless state.
"The intelligence displayed by many dumb animals approaches so closely to human intelligence that it is a mystery.
"The animals see and hear and love and fear and suffer.
"They manifest sympathy and tenderness toward their companions in suffering.
"They form attachments for man which are not broken without great suffering to them.
"Think of the cruelty to animals that meat eating involves and its effect on those who inflict and those who behold it. How it destroys the tenderness with which we should regard these creatures of God ! "
The high price of flesh foods, the knowledge of the waste matter in the blood of even healthy animals which remains in their flesh after death, and the well authenticated reports of the increasing prevalence of most loathsome diseases among them, causes a growing desire among thinking people to take their food at first hand, before it has become a part of the body of some lower animal.
So, the great food question of the day is-"What shall we use in the place of meat?"
Nuts, legumes (peas, beans, lentils and peanuts) and eggs contain as do flesh meats, an excess of the proteid or muscle-building elements (nuts and legumes a much larger proportion than flesh), so we may combine these with fruits, vegetables and some of the cereals (rice, for instance) and have a perfect proportion of food elements.
It must be borne in mind, however, that proteid foods must be used sparingly, since an excess of these foods causes some of the most serious diseases.
The bulk of our foods should be made up of fruits and vegetables and some of the less hearty cereals and breads.