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What is the Daniel Fast diet?

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The Daniel Fast diet takes its name from a 10- to 21-day fast mentioned in the Bible that the prophet Daniel undertook. The diet is similar to a vegan diet and includes only fruit, vegetables, whole grains and water.

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Foods consumed on the Daniel Fast should be as close to their natural state as possible. Canned or frozen fruits or vegetables must not contain any added preservatives, salt, sugar or sweeteners.

Fruits are an important food source while on the diet because they have all the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants necessary for proper body function. They contain starch and sugars for energy and fiber for fullness. Vegetables also contain fiber which helps digestive health. They are best consumed raw or steamed and, like fruit, are an unlimited food group on the diet for any meal or snack.

Whole grains, such as brown rice or oatmeal, are also acceptable on the diet. They contain fiber, B and E vitamins, magnesium, copper and zinc. Brown rice and most nuts and beans are great sources of necessary protein, but must not be consumed or cooked with anything other than water, fruit or vegetables. Refined grains, such as most cereal grains, are completely restricted during the fast.

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