Health Benefits of Kosher Food

hanukkah kosher health benefitsIn honor of Hanukkah we want to celebrate the health benefits of Kosher food.

For those who don’t know, Kosher is an ancient Hebrew diet that follows laws that come straight from the Torah (Bible).

The details are very extensive but the basic rules to follow are:

  1. Avoiding any non-kosher animals (fish that don’t have fins and scales, land animals that do not both chew their cud and have cleft hooves, most birds);
  2. Avoiding eating meat and dairy together;
  3. Only eating meat that was slaughtered in a certain way, and drained of blood.

Today, many non-Jewish consumers are also choosing kosher foods because they are convinced the foods are safer and better for overall health.1

One reason for this is because kosher meat is more rigorously inspected than regular meat. The laws regarding kosher slaughter are so sanitary that kosher butchers and slaughterhouses have been exempted from many USDA regulations.2

Also, like organic meat and poultry, kosher meats and poultry are hormone-free.

Kosher poultry cannot show any signs of being pecked, sick or injured. Kosher laws also prohibit using cows with broken bones or animals that are visibly sick, which is more strict than U.S. Department of Agriculture regulations.

During the butchering process each animal is killed quickly by a trained individual. Some believe this form of butchering is more humane and less painful than traditional slaughterhouse practices.3

It is also thought, although no studies have been done, that because all kosher meats are thoroughly salted, they may be less likely to carry E. coli and salmonella.

Even grains, packaged vegetables, fruits and similar products have to be thoroughly inspected for any trace of non-kosher substances like insects, which results in cleaner products getting to the consumer.3

And for people who have allergies to shellfish or dairy, choosing kosher foods is a safe bet because the kosher label on a food will guarantee that it does not contain that ingredient.

The rigorous attention to detail in the kosher processing of meat, dairy, and other foods results in products that are much cleaner and safer than other options.  Look for kosher certification—the letter K, often in combination with other symbols, or a U surrounded by a circle. Or the word “pareve”, meaning that a product is both meat and dairy-free—on your next trip to the supermarket.

Happy Hanukkah to our Genetix Program family!

Author: Stephanie West

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