Ezekiel Bread: is it as healthy as you think?

I’ve heard a lot about Ezekiel bread over the years.  It sounds healthy and delicious, right?  It’s made according to the recipe God gave His prophet in Ezekiel 4:9, commanding him to eat it every day for over a year, so it must be good for you.  Ezekiel bread is crafted from six different whole grains & legumes, often sprouted and dried before grinding.

 “And you, take wheat and barley, beans and lentils, millet and emmer, and put them into a single vessel and make your bread from them. During the number of days that you lie on your side, 390 days, you shall eat it.  ~Ezekiel 4:9

But have you ever read the entire recipe from the Bible?  I read the book of Ezekiel recently, and I don’t think people are cooking their Ezekiel bread right. I wonder what that does to the nutritional value?   I hope they aren’t cooking it the way God initially told Ezekiel to cook it.

And you shall eat it as a barley cake, baking it in their sight on human dung.  ~Ezekiel 4:12

Well.  Who’s ready for some Ezekiel bread?

In all fairness, it’s worth noting that Ezekiel didn’t end up eating bread cooked over people poo:

Then I said, “Ah, Lord God! Behold, I have never defiled myself. From my youth up till now I have never eaten what died of itself or was torn by beasts, nor has tainted meat come into my mouth.”  Then he said to me, “See, I assign to you cow’s dung instead of human dung, on which you may prepare your bread.”  ~Ezekiel 4:14-15

But still, doesn’t it make you think twice about following health fads?  Who knows how they’re cooking this stuff.  😉


  1. I didn’t realise that people were actually going so far as trying to make God’s command to Ezekiel into a general health fad for us all, until I was in a store yesterday and saw a product with large letters on the label: Ezekiel 4:9. Had to smile! The marketing guys know what to push don’t they…

    Hopefully they also take the rest of God’s Word to heart!

  2. Elizabeth W says:

    Wow. I find this to be rather ridiculous.

  3. Lisa Westendorp says:

    Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha! Now, THAT was funny. I am SO telling my friends that one. 🙂

  4. Cathrina says:

    LOL!!! Okay, I needed a good laugh this morning…thank you :0)

  5. I don’t personally have any issue with the health benefits of it, especially since it tends to be gluten free and doesn’t irritate as many people’s bellies. I just personally HATE HATE HATE how it tastes…like a cross between really dry dirt and…sod. I was not impressed at all, and don’t get how people LIKE the stuff. My husband tolerated a loaf and then admitted that he only liked it loaded up with stuff that hid the taste. I’m pretty sure he cancelled out ANY nutritional value at all that way.
    I’m pretty sure they aren’t cooking it in dung, however I think many women in India still cook in their close topped huts using cow dung for fuel. Not really my fuel of choice though.
    It’s hard sometimes to tell what are health ‘fads’ and what are people actually attempting to get back to the basics. I’m heartened to see people attempting to move more, not eat less (like that whole ‘no fat’ eating phase). People are finally discovering that food sensitivies aren’t things that people make up. For example, I have some sensitivity to dairy…it lead to me having chronic sinus headaches and infections for DECADES before I figured it out. Since it isn’t a full blown allergy, doctors could diagnose it or do more than treat the symptoms. If i’d know this when I was 5 instead of 28, I wouldn’t have had to have two surgeries and decades of antibiotic exposure. Some diet trends aren’t bad;).

  6. Mama Mirage says:

    EEEEWWW lady, that’s a gross thought! Lol! See what happens when you overthink things? Hehe…

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