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Counsels on Diet and Foods, Page 339

Chapter 20—Condiments, Etc.

Part 1—Spices and Condiments

555. Condiments, so frequently used by those of the world, are ruinous to the digestion.—Letter 142, 1900

556. Under the head of stimulants and narcotics is classed a great variety of articles that, altogether, used as food or drink irritate the stomach, poison the blood, and excite the nerves. Their use is a positive evil. Men seek the excitement of stimulants, because, for the time, the results are agreeable. But there is always a reaction. The use of unnatural stimulants always tends to excess, and it is an active agent in promoting physical degeneration and decay.

In this fast age, the less exciting the food, the better. Condiments are injurious in their nature. Mustard, pepper, spices, pickles, and other things of a like character, irritate the stomach and make the blood feverish and impure. The inflamed condition of the drunkard's stomach is often pictured as illustrating the effect of alcoholic liquors. A similarly inflamed condition is produced by the use of irritating condiments. Soon ordinary food does not satisfy the appetite. The system feels a want, a craving, for something more stimulating.—The Ministry of Healing, 325, 1905

557. Condiments and spices used in the preparation of food for the table aid in digestion in the same way that tea, coffee, and liquor are supposed to help the laboring man perform his tasks. After the immediate effects are gone, they drop as correspondingly below par as they were elevated above par by these stimulating substances. The system is weakened. The blood is contaminated, and inflammation is the sure result.—Extracts from Unpublished Testimonies in Regard to Flesh Foods, 6, 1896.

Spices Irritate the Stomach and Cause Unnatural Cravings

558. Our tables should bear only the most wholesome food, free from every irritating substance. The appetite for

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