The vegetables belong to that class of foods of which the Lord spoke when he said to Adam, "Thou shalt eat the herb of the field." Gen. 3:18. They consist of the leaves, stalks, and tubers, as well as the seed pods and unripe seeds of plants.
Vegetables are not as nutritious as either the grains or the legumes, nor as easily digested, but are useful in the bill of fare, as they afford a variety, and can be obtained in all parts of the world. They also give bulk to the food so that one is not so likely to overeat. They contain salts in a form that the system can use, as well as phosphate and other elements essential for the blood.
When vegetables are properly cooked and are combined with the right foods, they are not so hard of digestion, and many nutritious and palatable dishes can be made from them.
Great care should be taken to see that they are well cooked and yet not overdone. If they are not thoroughly done, it makes harder work for the digestive organs, neither are they so palatable; and if they are overdone, it renders them soggy and tasteless.
Vegetables should be served as soon as cooked, as standing injures their taste more than that of most foods.
Green vegetables should be used as soon as gathered or as soon after as possible. Sweet corn especially looses much of its flavor by standing.
Vegetables and fruit should not be eaten at the same meal, as they form a bad combination. The Lord has given us light upon this subject if we will only look for it. He has told us, "If we would preserve the best health, we should avoid eating vegetables and fruit at the same meal. If the stomach is feeble, there will be distress, and the brain will be confused, and unable to put forth mental effort. Have fruit at one meal and vegetables at the next." The Youth's Instructor, May 31, 1894
But vegetables are classed in with other foods that make a healthful diet. "Fruits, grains, and vegetables prepared in a simple way, free from spice and grease of all kinds, make with milk and cream the most healthful diet. They impart nourishment to the body, and give a power of endurance and vigor of intellect that are not produced by a stimulating diet." - "Healthful Living," par. 348.
"Meat eating is doing its work, for the meat is diseased. We may not long be able to use even milk." -"Healthful Living," par. 349..
"The Lord intends to bring his people back to live upon simple fruits, vegetables, and grains."