In the year 605 b.c., Jerusalem was sieged by the Babylonians. Daniel, and his companions (3 young Hebrews) were taken captive in to the courts of Babylon. King Nebuchadnezzar (King of Babylon) had ordered some of the young men who were members of the royal family and nobility in Jerusalem to be brought to Babylon. He wanted young men who were in good health, intelligent, and handsome. Daniel was among those taken.
Daniel and his friends were placed under the care of Ashpenaz, the master of his eunuchs. It was Ashpenaz's job to see that they were educated in the culture and traditions of Babylon. The training program was supposed to last three years.
"It was provided that they should eat if the meat, and drink of the wine
which came from the king’s table. In all this the king considered that he
was not only bestowing great honor upon them, but securing for them
the best physical and mental development that could be attained.
Among the viands placed before the king were swine's flesh and other
meats which were declared unclean by the law of Moses, and which the
Hebrews had been expressly forbidden to eat. Here Daniel was brought
to a severe test. Should he adhere to the teachings of his fathers
concerning meats and drinks, and offend the king, probably losing not only his position but his life, or should he disregard the commandment of the Lord, and retain the favor of the king, thus securing great intellectual advantages and the most flattering worldly long prospects? Daniel did not hesitate. He decided to stand firmly for his integrity, let the result be what it might." Counsels on Diet p 30. He "purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's meat, nor with the wine which he drank." Daniel 1:8
Daniel requested that the matter be decided by a ten day's trial,--the Hebrew youth during this brief period being permitted to eat of simple food, while their companions partook of the king's dainties.
“Please test your servants for ten days, and let them give us vegetables to eat and water to drink. 13 Then let our appearance be examined before you, and the appearance of the young men who eat the portion of the king’s delicacies; and as you see fit, so deal with your servants.” Daniel 1:12-13
"The request was finally granted, and then Daniel felt assured that he had gained his case. Although but a youth, he had seen the injurious effects of wine and luxurious living upon physical and mental health. At the end of the ten days the result was found to be quite the opposite of Melzar's* expectations. Not only in personal appearance, but in physical activity and mental vigor, those who had been temperate in their habits exhibited a marked superiority over their companions who had indulged appetite. As a result of this trial, Daniel and his associates were permitted to continue their simple diet during the whole course of their training for the duties of the kingdom". Counsels on Diet p 31
And at the end of ten days their features appeared better and fatter in flesh than all the young men who ate the portion of the king’s delicacies. Daniel 1:15
And in all matters of wisdom and understanding about which the king
examined them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians
and astrologers who were in all his realm. Daniel 1:20
For in-depth review of this story please refer to the Book of Daniel,
in your Bible and visit Chapter 1. For further study on God's counsels
on diet, click this hyperlink: "God's Free Health Plan".
God Bless you dear friend.
* Ashpenaz left Melzar in charge of Daniel and his companions.
"And in all matters of wisdom and understanding they were ten times better"
"The Bible tells us that Daniel lived to be approximately 100 years old."