There are quite a number of existing diets claiming to be THE Garden of Eden Diet. Though all of these diets are similar in nature, and all vegetarian there are some practical differences between the diets that may or may not make a difference to the dieter depending on their spiritual, moral, or possibly even scientific beliefs. The Garden of Eden Diet represents a tenuous crossover between faith and science; what conclusions are to be drawn should be left to the individual dieter, as most evidence or facts are speculation at best.
The Book of Genesis provides the sole basis of the dietary standards for the Garden of Eden Diet, and gives only one stipulation for what to eat and what not to eat. Every seed bearing plant and every tree fruit that has seeds in it will be food. This sound simple enough, right? Question number one: can foods be cooked or must they be eaten raw? Plants like grains and potatoes, or such similar foods that require cooking before becoming edible are omitted from the raw food purists who subscribe to the Eden theory. For some, juicing raw fruits and vegetables is even prohibited since juicing is a symptom of man tampering with the natural order of food. Also prohibited is honey, sugar, salt, and plant-based oils if they are extracted from the plant. Hence, eating coconuts would not be prohibited, but using coconut oil would be.
Perhaps it is easier to follow the Garden of Eden Diet in spirit if not in practice. For many practitioners, fruits and vegetables bought at the local grocery store at an unacceptable standards necessary for the purity of the diet. First, there is the open-ended and ongoing debate between fruits and vegetables, and organic fruits and vegetables. Yet even certified organic produce is known to be contaminated from time to time from wind-drift pesticides from surrounding non-organic farms.
Further complicating the issue is the suggestion that produce in supermarkets are plucked from the vine before they are ripe so that they can mature on the trip from farm to grocery store. These immature fruits and vegetables are said to be void of much of their nutritional value because they are ripened on the plant. Along a similar line of gauging the quality of fruit is attempting to find fruits and vegetables that haven’t been hybridized and altered to enhance taste, color, or shelf life, since these are believed to be less nutritious as similar fruits growing in the wild.
Since there is no cut and dried diet model strictly defined as the Garden of Eden Diet, the choices that a dieter makes regarding their stipulations is going to be as unique a decision as faith; raw or cooked, whole or juiced, organic or non, vine-ripened or store bought, perhaps the specifics cloud the overall purpose. Though Genesis 1:29 is the sole basis for the Garden of Eden Diet, Adam and Eve were not created to focus solely on a proper diet, they were charged with being stewards of the land. Quite possibly if that single motivation of stewardship permeates the dieter in their quest to follow the Garden of Eden Diet, then the dieter will be motivated to make the best decisions toward their own health and toward the environment as well.