The Qur’an Surat Al-A’raf 7: 160 says, “Eat of the good foods We have provided for you.”
The question may arise: If Allah has provided us with so many good foods, why are so many people starving and many more suffering from malnutrition?
The answer may lie in our ignorance of the abundance that has been sent to us by Allah.
Allah has blessed us with many “miracle foods”. They provide us with incredible amounts of concentrated nutrition and healing. Many of these foods can grow in any environment.
The modern market, however, is marketing many of them as “super foods,”. And in the process, it charges many times their actual costs. This creates the illusion that healthy eating is expensive. On the other hand, there are agencies that try to provide these foods to world’s poverty stricken areas.
The Qur’an hints at some of these secrets when it says, “It is he who has made the sea subject… that ye may seek (thus) of the bounty of Allah” ( Surat Yunus 10:14). And “From within their bodies, a drink of varying colors comes. Wherein is healing for me: Verily this is a sign for those who give thought” (Surat An-Nahl 16:69).
In fact, most super foods grow in nature and require minimal planting or harvesting. Some of the most readily available are bee pollen, spirulina (algae), kelp, royal jelly, honey, wheat grass, flax seeds, and alfalfa and other sprouts.
Among herbs that work as sustenance foods is marshmallow root. The Chinese, Assyrians, Egyptians, and Greeks have used it in times of famine.
These “miracle foods” are readily available sources of food for famine-hit countries. They can provide a nutritional boost to people who fast or suffer have malnutrition and chronic illnesses.
Many, such as bee pollen and algae, are used across species lines so we aren’t inventing the idea of super foods – we are simply rediscovering them.
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