Does the term eating meat “sparingly” (D&C 86) mean that Latter Day Saints are moderate vegetarians?

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Does the term eating meat “sparingly” (D&C 86) mean that Latter Day Saints are moderate vegetarians?

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No. In the early nineteenth century the diet of early Americans was too rich in protein. Meat was served three times a day with very few fruits or vegetables to go along with it. A typical menu follows: • Breakfast: Tongue, mutton, ham, beef ala mode, corned beef, roast beef, rump steaks, spring chicken, veal chops, bacon, tripe, fish balls, pigs feet, sausage, salt mackerel, oysters, calf’s liver, kidneys, clams with eggs, potatoes, bead, wine, fruited pudding, hominy, tea, coffee, chocolate. (Hotel Metropolitan, 1859.) • Dinner: Mock turtle soup, turkey, oyster sauce, salmon, pig, mongrel geese, duck, boiled meats, chicken, pt de foie, sweet breads, oyster pie, roast partridge, roast woodcocks, broiled squabs, mince pie, cold meats and fruit. (Harvard Senior Class menu, 1857.) It is little wonder that the Word of Wisdom was to eat meat sparingly or in winter. Fruits and vegetables were seldom placed on the table. With this tendency to overdo the protein diet, the Lord advised through

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