In Jewish law called Kashrut, some foods and food preparations are banned because they do not adhere to ancient religious rules. Foods that are allowed in the Jewish religion are called kosher. Rabbis examine kosher foods to ensure proper handling and processing. The kosher dietary law is in effect throughout the year but there are special holidays wherein the dietary requirements changes. For instance, bread and leavened bread are not allowed in the kosher diet during Passover. But once the holiday is over, bread and yeast can be added to the diet again.
Kosher meat refers to animal meats deemed edible by the Jewish people. According to the Bible, any animal with a cloven foot and chews its cud can be eaten. Any animal that does not possess these qualities are forbidden from being eaten. Cattle, sheep, goats, and deer are deemed as kosher meats. Meats from pigs, dogs, and horses are not kosher. Certain types of birds are allowed in the kosher diet but any bird of prey is not allowed.
Advantages of Kosher Meats
Low in Cholesterol
Most types of kosher meats are low in calories. Sheep, deer, and goat meat, in particular, contains less saturated fats compared to pork. Although beef is not exactly a diet food, lean beef is actually lower in calories and saturated fat compared to pork. Pork is extremely high in cholesterol. This type of meat also causes a range of allergies. Pork from the local supermarket is also teeming with antibiotics and hormones that cause health problems.
Saturated fat cause fatty plaques that clog the arteries and harden the veins. Studies show that a diet high in saturated fat increases the risk of heart disease. Switching to kosher meats makes a great choice for people who want to minimize or eliminate saturated fats from their diet.
Dairy and Kosher Meat Do not Mix
According to the rules of a kosher diet, kosher meat must never mix with dairy products. That means cheeseburgers, pizzas, and lasagna is off limits when you eat kosher meats. Sticking to a kosher diet requires eliminating processed foods and fast foods from your diet.
Fast foods and processed foods are teeming with preservatives, fattening flavorings, and other compounds that are harmful to the health. Kosher meat is made from lean, high-quality meat that’s low in fat and high in protein.
Humane Treatment of Animals
The fundamental principle of the kosher diet is treating slaughtered animals with compassion. According to the Bible, all living things must be treated with respect, including animals. A kosher slaughter inflicts minimal suffering to the animal. The animal and the slaughter facility must comply with the kosher rules. Conditions must be met to be labeled kosher.
Kosher meats are prepared to ensure only the highest quality. The meat is drained of blood immediately after the animal is slaughtered. The result is clean meat.
How the animal is treated affects the quality of the meat on a nutritional level. Kosher slaughterers are trained extensively to achieve minimal to no reaction from the animal being slaughtered. Studies show that conventional methods of slaughtering animals trigger the secretion of epinephrine to the animal. This chemical is released only when the animal is stressed. Epinephrine-filled meats affect the body’s bioprocesses too. Reduced epinephrine in kosher meat makes it healthier than meats prepared the conventional way.