WEIGHT GAIN is a major consideration when abstaining from eating between-meal snacks, but there is another major reason to avoid this habit: GERD (gastro-esophageal reflux disease). This is not something that you will read about in health journals, because contemporary wisdom advises you to eat 5-6 small meals per day. This may be one of the contributing factors to why 25-35% of Americans have GERD, which is usually manifested with heartburn. (Am Family Physician. March 1999) Medical practitioners have noticed that God has blessed repeatedly when patients with GERDs eliminate all between meal eating. “Luxurious dishes are placed before the children, -- spiced foods, rich gravies, cakes, and pastries. This highly seasoned food irritates the stomach, and causes a craving for still stronger stimulants. Not only is the appetite tempted with unsuitable food, of which the children are allowed to eat freely at their meals, but they are permitted to eat between meals; and by the time they are twelve or fourteen years of age, they are often confirmed dyspeptics.”(Counsel on Diet & Foods, p. 340) Therefore if you suffer from digestive disorders, the answer to these ailments may be as simple as abstaining from all foods and beverages between meals. Why not give it a try?

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