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The Daniel Fast: Foods You Can and Can't Eat

author image Sharon Perkins
A registered nurse with more than 25 years of experience in oncology, labor/delivery, neonatal intensive care, infertility and ophthalmology, Sharon Perkins has also coauthored and edited numerous health books for the Wiley "Dummies" series. Perkins also has extensive experience working in home health with medically fragile pediatric patients.
The Daniel Fast: Foods You Can and Can't Eat
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The Daniel Fast is based on the diet eaten by Daniel, an Old Testament prophet taken captive from his home and placed in King’s Nebuchadnezzar’s household. The Daniel diet is an extremely restricted diet designed as a modified fast meant to be followed for a short time, not as a lifetime eating plan. The Daniel Fast lasts for21 days, in most cases. The purpose of The Daniel Fast is not to lose weight, but to become closer to God. Talk with your doctor before starting The Daniel Fast, particularly if you have any health issues.

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Fruits and Vegetables

You can eat any type of fruit on The Daniel Fast, including fresh, frozen or canned fruits, as long as they contain no artificial flavoring or coloring. Added sugar also is not allowed. Following the same guidelines, you can also eat any type of vegetable on The Daniel Fast.


You can eat only unleavened bread made without yeast or baking powder. No processed or refined breads are allowed, whole grain flatbreads or breads made without yeast, available in health food stores, can be eaten. You can also eat unrefined brown rice, barley, oats and other whole grains.


During The Daniel Fast, you cannot eat any meats, including poultry, fish or dairy products. Alternate sources of protein include soybeans, nuts and legumes.


You can drink only water and fruit juices containing no added sugar or other ingredients during The Daniel Fast. That means no teas, coffee, milk, soft drinks or alcoholic drinks allowed. You may have distilled, filtered or spring water.


No processed foods that contain additives are allowed on the diet. Allowed oils include high-quality oils such as canola, coconut, grape seed, olive, peanut and sesame oils, according to Ultimate Daniel Fast. You cannot have butter, lard, margarine or solid shortening. No dairy products are allowed. You may have peanut butter made without preservatives or other additives not on the approved list.


Herbs, salt, pepper and other natural seasoning are allowed, as long as they contain no disallowed ingredients.

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