HALAL IS A BETTER HEALTH, ENVIRONMENTAL AND ECONOMIC CHOICE
Although based on a religious tradition, Halal foods are not just for Muslims or those who follow its religious doctrine. Halal is a way of eating that, similar to choosing a natural or non-GMO diet, ensures you are making healthy eating decisions. Eating Halal provides you with healthier and more wholesome products and is better for the planet as a whole.
By choosing Halal products, you are ensuring you've purchased products that were sourced from ethical farms and businesses that treated their animals humanely during processing. This means your Halal products are a healthy and environmentally sustainable choice.
Today, more and more people are choosing Halal products for its health, economic and environmental benefits. Read on to learn more!
WHAT IS THE TRADITIONAL MEANING OF HALAL?
Halal is an Arabic word that means “lawful” or "permitted." In terms of food, it means food that is permissible according to Islamic law.
The slaughter of a halal animal is called Zabihah and there are certain major guidelines to follow:
- Allah's (God's) name must be pronounced during slaughter by a Muslim
- The instrument must be very sharp to ensure humane slaughter
- A slit is made at the throat and blood is allowed to drain
- The animal must not be unconscious
The following products are considered non-permissible or Haram:
- Pork/Swine and its by-products
- Animals improperly slaughtered or dead before slaughter
- Alcoholic drinks or intoxicants
- Carnivorous animals or birds of prey
- Blood or blood by-products
- Foods contaminated with any of the above products