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Religion as a Social Determinant of Public Health$
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Ellen L. Idler

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199362202

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199362202.001.0001

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Vegetarianism in Seventh-day Adventism

Vegetarianism in Seventh-day Adventism

(p.49) 5 Vegetarianism in Seventh-day Adventism
Religion as a Social Determinant of Public Health

George H. Grant

Jose Montenegro

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) religious practice of vegetarianism, a feature of daily life in this Christian community. The SDA Church is global, and a vegetarian or at least semi-vegetarian diet is a central part of its doctrine. At the same time, the inclusion of many cultures in this faith tradition brings great variety to the diet. One of the authors describes typical Hispanic family meals and the special Sabbath meal. The chapter describes how the promotion of health through hygiene, nutrition, and abstention from alcohol, smoking, and drugs were central to the teachings of SDA founder Ellen G. White. The chapter concludes with suggested readings on this practice in religious studies and in public health research.

Keywords:   religious practice, diet, vegetarianism, Seventh-day Adventist, Ellen G. White

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