While Jesus would have eaten various fruits and vegetables, he may have had a penchant for a juicy fig, as He notably got a little annoyed in Mark 11:12-14 when He went to pick a fig off a tree only to discover there were none! As a great source of calcium and potassium, figs are good for blood pressure and strong bones.


Fishing is a recurrent theme throughout the Bible, with fish being a main source of protein for Jesus and His followers. Sardines in particular are popular in Middle East cuisine, and their health benefits are numerous: from being packed with Omega-3 that helps boost moods to providing essential vitamins and protein.


Honey was a key ingredient in John the Baptist's diet according to the Gospels, so it is likely that Jesus would have eaten it, too as it was the main way to sweeten foods. Full of antioxidants that can help reduce heart disease and guard against cancer, the sweet nectar in its raw state is believed to also help reduce blood pressures and possibly even ward off allergies.


Described as the Lamb of God Himself, Jesus would have eaten lamb as it was a popular meat choice in His time. Sometimes served up in a stew with other vegetables, lamb is a healthier red meat with an impressive serving of vitamins and minerals.


The Mount of Olives is mentioned throughout the New Testament, and it is where Jesus ascended into heaven. Olives are common to the Mediterranean diet and olive oil is believed to have been central to most meals. With the healthy monosaturated fats present in the oil, it's a much healthier option than most types of oils.


While not great for those following a gluten-free diet, bread was a common food at every table in Jesus' day. Barley bread was particularly popular and it was passed around during the multiplication of the loaves (John 6:9). Barley bread is also less processed than other breads, with higher levels of vitamins, minerals, and fiber.


We may not think of wine as a food, but it might be better if we did! It is certainly a perfect accompaniment to many meals -- and after all it becomes the Blood of Christ on the altar at every Mass. Wine is key to many Gospel stories, from the wedding at Cana to the Last Supper. It is full of anti-oxidants that reportedly help prevent cancer, and also has nutrients that benefit the heart.