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The Exodus Diet Plan

Updated on March 14, 2015
Some (although not all) of the Exodus Diet's prohibited foods are well worth avoiding.
Some (although not all) of the Exodus Diet's prohibited foods are well worth avoiding. | Source

The Exodus Diet is a regimen based on the dietary restrictions found in Exodus, the second book of the Bible. Its modern use was primarily promoted by a book written in 1986 by Shirley Cook. Foods included in this diet are considered "kashrut" or "kosher," meaning "acceptable to eat" or "clean." Although the diet may have certain health benefits if you follow it properly, you should check with your doctor before beginning it or any other diet.

General Principles

Acceptable foods in the Exodus Diet Plan include grains, nuts and fruits. Processed food is largely prohibited, as it typically includes chemical additives and may contain trace elements of "unclean" foods. The Exodus Diet limits the consumption of meat, especially meat that is deemed by the book of Exodus to be "unclean." This includes carnivorous animals, omnivorous animals and shellfish. Seafood must come from an animal that possesses both fins and scales, according to the Exodus Diet.

Most shellfish, including lobster, is not permitted under the Exodus Diet.
Most shellfish, including lobster, is not permitted under the Exodus Diet. | Source

Meat

Other than the specific types of seafood, the only meat considered acceptable under the principles of the Exodus Diet is that of an herbivorous ruminant animal with a cloven hoof. Ruminant animals are those that chew their cud, such as cattle. Consuming the hindquarters of any animal is forbidden.

Beef is permitted under the Exodus Diet, but pork is not.
Beef is permitted under the Exodus Diet, but pork is not. | Source

Blood

In addition, consuming blood in any form is prohibited. This means any meat must be drained of all blood before preparing or consuming. Cheese is acceptable under the Exodus Diet provided that the rennet used to produce it is not derived from an animal source. Most cheeses are made using rennet derived from the stomach lining of cattle, but cheeses produced from microbes and vegetable-based sources for rennet are also available.

Some types of cheese are allowed by the Exodus Diet, while others are not, depending on how they are created.
Some types of cheese are allowed by the Exodus Diet, while others are not, depending on how they are created. | Source

Pros and Cons

Potential negative factors of this diet include a lack of protein, amino acids and other essential nutrients. Like any other diet plan, the Exodus Diet requires the adherent to monitor his intake of all major nutrients, including vitamins and minerals. Ensuring your daily intake of food consists of a larger percentage of vegetables and fruits and a smaller percentage of meat can help avoid potential vitamin deficiencies; some nutrients, though, are not available from most plant-based foods. However, with a little care you can work around this issue by making sure your diet includes alternative sources of these nutrients, such as soy products.

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References

The Exodus Diet Plan: "Shirley Cook"

Harvard School of Public Health: "Healthy Eating Plate and Healthy Eating Pyramid"

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