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Kosher for Health Reasons
Recent trends show that many Americans are going kosher.
The switch, however, is not religiously motivated. Instead,
many people are finding their way to kosher eating because
of the health consciousness that it promotes. According
to a survey done in 2008, of those who buy kosher regularly,
62% buy kosher for its quality, and 51% do so out of
a desire to purchase healthier food.
Kosher is an ancient set of rules with regard to food.
It is observed by Jews. Kosher laws regulate how and
where food is produced, the level of purity of a food,
and the ingredients that may be found in a food. Natural
items such as fruits and vegetables or grains must be
inspected to ensure that nothing non-kosher has been
mixed in with them. In order to be certified kosher,
meat must be grown, killed, and butchered under particular
standards. The kill process, for example, referred to
as “shechting”, is considered more humane
than the practices used at some non-kosher meat processing
centers. Once butchered, the animal must be closely
inspected for any signs of infection.
Given the standards that are placed upon food processing
centers under kosher law, it makes sense that the general
public would look to kosher as producing a higher standard
of product than a typical food producer. Kosher can
also lend convenience for those who wish to restrict
certain ingredients from their diets. Kosher law dictates,
for example, that meat and dairy must not be mixed.
For vegetarians, the kosher stamp on a vegetarian product
is a surefire way to ensure that no animal products
will be found in that product. Similarly, since kosher
products must be created under a set of discriminating
circumstances, kosher certified products are carefully
inspected to ensure that no non-kosher elements, such
as insects for example, have made their way into the
Beyond dietary preferences, many Americans turn to kosher
for help with shopping when allergies are concerned.
Kosher law prohibits the consumption of shellfish, and
therefore a product labeled kosher is safe for consumption
by someone who may be allergic to shellfish. The same
goes for those who have dairy allergies. If a product
is vegetable or meat based and is marked pareve, it
may not contain any dairy.
With the awareness toward humane and green consumption
growing in the United States, the trend toward kosher
eating makes sense. Given the amount of restrictions
placed upon the production of kosher food, it’s
well known that a great deal of oversight goes into
certifying a product kosher. Although this may sometimes
mean that a kosher food takes longer to produce and
is more expensive in the end than a non-kosher product,
many Americans like the idea of a product that was created
with so much care and attention to detail. With many
sets of eyes looking at each and every product, the
margin of error is so slim that many feel very comfortable
trusting the seal of approval given to kosher foods.