The diet is promoted by Rev. George Malkmus through his company, the Hallelujah Acres Foundation, based in the USA.
Malkmus developed the diet while suffering from a number of physical ailments, including claimed colon cancer. Quackwatch claims that it is not clear whether in fact Malkmus ever had cancer, as "he never consulted a cancer specialist for diagnosis but had relied on nutritionists and chiropractors".
After a year of living a new lifestyle and following the Hallelujah diet, Rev. Malkmus reported that his baseball-sized tumor had disappeared. This claim is the basis of his book Why Christians Get Sick (1996).
In 1986 Rev. Malkmus purchased a 50-acre farm in Eidson, TN, which eventually became the first home of Hallelujah Acres.
In 2009 Hallelujah Acres expanded its health-food store to include a juice and smoothie bar, and opened a café.
The diet consists of raw fruits and vegetables, carrot juice, a dehydrated barley grass juice, raw nuts and seeds, olive oil, flax seed oil, cooked vegetables, whole grain products, tubers, and a vitamin B12 supplement. All animal products including eggs and dairy products are eliminated. Other foods that are excluded are refined flour, refined sugars, refined, bleached, and deodorized vegetable oils, hydrogenated fats, and table salt. Soy products and legumes are consumed very sparingly.
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- Donaldson, Michael S. (2001). "Food and nutrient intake of Hallelujah vegetarians". Nutrition & Food Science 31 (6): 293. doi:10.1108/00346650110409128.
- Stephen Barrett, M.D. (29 May 2003). "Rev. George M. Malkmus and his Hallelujah Diet". Retrieved May 2013.
- "Hallelujah Acres".
- "Food and nutrient intake of Hallelujah vegetarians" (PDF).