BY THE MOST HONORABLE ELIJAH MUHAMMAD
I have said to eat no peas. At that time, I did not think about what we call sweet peas, which grow into pods. They can be eaten, but not field peas. I had reference to field peas, such as black-eyed peas, brown, yellow and black peas (there are some black field peas).
We all know that food and health keep us here and the same makes us sick and takes us away—if we do not make a practice of eating the right food and drinks that will not make us sick and cause an early death.
The way that Almighty God Allah, in the Person of Master Fard Muhammad, to Whom praise is due forever, has taught us, makes sense.
When we get used to eating one meal a day, or every 24 hours, we start eating once every two days, which will give to you and me better results than eating one meal a day. Even eating one meal a day—and eating the right kind of food and having a pure drink—will bring us health and prolonged life of which we would not even dream. You will not be sick if you eat correctly.
And let what you drink be pure—that which will not harm the body.
Again, you will agree with me that we Americans are a very gluttonous people and that we prepare our own sick bed, hospital bills, and undertaker bills with what we eat and what we drink. And besides this comes a sick mind, and after a sick mind comes death.
You just try eating and drinking and living at peace with yourself and others, and you will write me and tell me that these words are true.
As for the swine (hog), he is well known to be an animal that we should not take for food, because he puts an almost incurable disease in those who eat his flesh.
(Excerpt from “How To Eat To Live,” Book I, 1967.)