Kosher Guidelines

Kosher Guidelines

Under the Jewish dietary laws of kashruth, foods are either "kosher" or the opposite, "treif." Here are some general kosher guidelines:

Foods are categorized as meat, dairy or pareve (neutral, containing neither). Eggs, produce and grains are pareve.

Dairy and meat products must not be cooked together nor eaten in the same meal or within certain time limits.

Only meat from animals that have cloven feet and chew the cud, as well as some fowl, is allowed. No pork. No horse or rabbit meat. No reptiles. No hunted or wild fowl. No birds of prey. No scavengers.

Fish must have fins and removable scales. No shrimp, squid, bivalves or scaleless fish such as eel, sturgeon or catfish.

Animals cannot be fed non-kosher food their entire life. No visibly sick, diseased or injured animals. No scars or punctured organs. Slaughter must be carried out by an approved shochet (slaughterer). The neck is slit, the blood drained.

Consumption of blood is forbidden. Meat and poultry are soaked, salted and rinsed using cold water. Meat is taken from the forequarters. The hindquarters (the home of some juicy steaks) could be eaten only if the sciatic nerve were removed, but this is never done here.

No animal-based rennet or gelatin (affecting cheeses and yogurts). For cheese, the milk must come from a kosher species. A rabbi must pour in the enzyme (substitute for rennet) to set a vat of hard cheese.

Non-kosher filtering agents must be avoided in winemaking. Wine should be kosher from a Jewish winemaker. In a non-kosher winery, a rabbi and team could do the work while the winemaker supervises.

Glatt kosher is the strictest level of kosher for meat. Organs are meticulously inspected and, if defects are seen, the entire carcass is rejected. Kosher for Passover is a stricter set of guidelines restricting various grains, leavened foods and legumes.

Kosher dietary guidelines

While eating under the guidelines of kosher is a requirement for observant members of the Jewish faith, it is a practice used by many individuals with zero connection to the Jewish faith as a means of living a healthier lifestyle. Indeed, while many forces feeds themselves a plethora of different maxi health vitamins (or even kosher supplements like kosher fish oil and sugar, vitamins), one of the most basic ways of keeping your body healthy is following the kosher dietary laws.

One benefit of eating under the guidelines of kashrut typically has reduced cholesterol levels, and there are a plethora of different factors attributed to this. One of the most well-known kosher laws is the restrictions against eating meat and dairy products simultaneously. Not only does this remove about 95 percent of fast food menus (which typically forces observers to curtail fast food altogether), it also cuts out a plethora of other cholesterol-raising food items.

But perhaps most notable is that, when meat and dairy are eaten simultaneously, it takes the human digestive system a longer amount of time to break it down and digest it. This extended digestive process leads to the (usually unhealthy) food items to remain in the human stomach much longer than it typically would, which of course leads to an increase in the individuals' cholesterol levels. Sure, there are maxi health vitamins designed to reverse this process, but wouldn't it just be easier to order the pizza without three different kinds of sausage?

And speaking of sausage, it's well known that all pork products are strictly forbidden for those eating kosher. What isn't as well known is that all pork products contain a plethora of allergens not found in other meat sources, and many of these allergens are linked to health issues even the best kosher supplements can't reverse.

However, one of the biggest health advantages of eating kosher strictly involves the meat; specifically, how it is slaughtered. This process has gone under fire recently in both the United Kingdom (where a kosher meat shortage occurred when McDonald’s said they would no longer offer kosher burgers) and New Zealand (where kosher slaughter has been banned even for religious purposes for the first time ANYWHERE from Nazi Germany).

Kosher dietary laws require that the animal is not aware it is about to be slaughtered. When an animal detects danger (as they almost always do before being slaughtered in a non-kosher fashion) they release certain hormones, and these hormones remain in the meat during human consumption. These hormones have been proven to be unhealthy for people. Since animals slaughtered in a kosher fashion are unaware of their impending doom, they never release these dangerous hormones, which means they never reach a human stomach.

So, you can tie a piece of string to your pinkie and remind yourself to take a laundry list of maxi health vitamins and kosher supplements every morning, afternoon, and evening. Or you could just try following the Jewish dietary laws, and reap the benefits of a kosher diet and all the health benefits that come along with it.

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