This is a very well written piece in the journal Religions (Religions_MDPI) covering the title of the piece. Even if you live in the future and know where you want to go, it’s important to know where you came from.
I’m posting this here for reference – I encourage people interested in the history of dietary guidelines to read it. Comments always welcomed below.
I’ve learned a lot in the last 3 years how much our personal and societal food environments are shaped by cultural forces. I’ll be posting my own experience soon, as part of an update on my disclosures (I have none) and potential biases. My current disclosures and disclaimers page is here.
Credit to the Scholarship of Belinda Fettke (@BelindaFettke) who performed an exhaustive review of the history of dietary guidelines across the globe (See: Lifestyle Medicine … where did the meat go? | #isupportgary), in the wake of the persecution of orthopedic surgeon Gary Fettke, MD (@FructoseNO), now since exonerated. I thank both of them for their patience as the world discovered that they were right.
The emphasis on health ministry within the Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) movement led to the development of sanitariums in mid-nineteenth century America. These facilities, the most notable being in Battle Creek, Michigan, initiated the development of vegetarian foods, such as breakfast cereals and analogue meats. The SDA Church still operates a handful of food production facilities around the world. The first Battle Creek Sanitarium dietitian was co-founder of the American Dietetics Association which ultimately advocated a vegetarian diet. The SDA Church established hundreds of hospitals, colleges, and secondary schools and tens of thousands of churches around the world, all promoting a vegetarian diet. As part of the â€˜health message,â€™ diet continues to be an important aspect of the churchâ€™s evangelistic efforts. In addition to promoting a vegetarian diet and abstinence from alcohol, the SDA church has also invested resources in demonstrating the health benefits of these practices through research. Much of that research has been conducted at Loma Linda University in southern California, where there have been three prospective cohort studies conducted over 50 years. The present study, Adventist Health Study-2, enrolled 96,194 Adventists throughout North America in 2003â€“2004 with funding from the National Institutes of Health. Adventist Health Studies have demonstrated that a vegetarian diet is associated with longer life and better health.Source: Religions | The Global Influence of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church on Diet
Banta J, Lee J, Hodgkin G, Yi Z, Fanica A, Sabate J, et al. The Global Influence of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church on Diet. Religions [Internet]. 2018 Aug 22 [cited 2018 Nov 2];9(9):251.