Kosher diet was originally introduced as a Jewish law that includes specific foods to eat and restrict from the diet. Apart from 2% jewish in America, 12 million non-Jewish Americans seem to be following the same diet.
Lots of Americans are concerned for their health and believe that a kosher diet is the right diet for them because a Rabbi (Teacher of Torah in Judaism) inspects the industry where Kosher products are prepared to ensure they are clean and healthy. This is why many people prefer this diet over many other diets.
What is The Kosher Diet?
In simple words, a Kosher diet involves following certain laws called Kashrus in Judish. These laws are:
Meat of only specific animals is allowed. These include animals with cloven hooves and who chew cud.
If even one of these conditions isn’t met, the meat of that animal is forbidden to eat. For instance, a pig has cloven hooves but doesn’t chew cud, hence, it can’t be eaten. The only animals allowed are bull, cow, sheep, lamb, goat, springbok and veal.
The animal must be slaughtered at the hands of a schichotet (a ritual slaughter). This is because Kosher laws forbid to slaughter animals in a painful way which is why scichotet must do it.
They know the right manner to slaughter animals which kills them instantly with minimal pain.
Foods To Eat In Kosher Diet
Birds: Only specific birds are to be eaten on this diet. Vulture, eagle, owl, swan, pelican and stork are forbidden while goose, duck, turkey and chicken are allowed on a Kosher diet.
Dairy Products: All dairy products and milk must come from Kosher animals (ones that have cloven hooves and chew on cud). Donkey milk and impure cattle’s milk is forbidden. The milk and all the dairy products should not contain any additives which are not kosher. For example, cheese made from an animal’s fat which is not kosher shouldn’t be eaten.
Meat: The meat of only certain animals is allowed. These include bulls, cows, sheeps, lambs, goats, springboks and veals. Other that that, it's forbidden to mix a young one’s meat in its mother’s milk. Hence, meat and milk cannot be mixed. After eating meat, one must wait for at least 5 to 6 hours before drinking milk.
Eggs: The eggs of kosher animals are allowed in a kosher diet. However, their eggs must be cleaned off of blood spots.
Fish: Not all fish are to be eaten when on this diet. Only the ones that have fins and scales can be eaten. These include salmon, tuna and herring. Shellfish is restricted.
Veggies And Fruits: All fruits and vegetables that grow under soil, on plants, trees and bushes can be eaten as they are considered Kosher. The fruits that are forbidden are the ones which were planted three years ago. Since insects and bugs are prohibited, all fruits and veggies must be carefully washed.
Grains And Cereals: All unprocessed cereals and grains are allowed on a Kosher diet.
Beverages: Only grape juice and beverages derived from grapes are allowed. It is also necessary that the grapes should come from a Kosher winery.
Foods Not To Eat
All the foods that do not abide by the Kosher laws are restricted to eat.
Benefits Of A Kosher Diet
Lower Cholesterol Levels: A Kosher diet helps to reduce cholesterol levels. A major reason for this is because meat and dairy are forbidden to mix. Hence, all the foods that are prepared mixing milk and meat are excluded from the diet. These include lasagna, pizza, cheeseburger etc. All these foods increase cholesterol levels. Restriction of these foods mean that around 90% of restaurant food is cut off.
Healthy Lifestyle: Since all the foods in a Kosher diet are highly inspected and cleaned. Most of the contaminants and allergens are washed off. Hence, people on Kosher diet are typically healthy.
Here’s a mouth watering recipe:
Slow Cooker Beef Stew (6 hours)
- Grass-fed beef stew meat - 2 pounds
- Coarsely chopped carrots - 4
- Coarsely chopped parsnips - 2
- Beef broth - 2 cups
- Worcestershire sauce - 2 tbsp
- Balsamic vinegar - 2 tbsp
- Tomato paste - 6 ounces
- Fire-roasted tomatoes - 2 cups
- Sliced mushroom - 1 cup
- Sliced onion - 1
- garlic powder - 1 tbsp
- Onion powder - 1 tbsp
- Smoked paprika - 1 tbsp
- Chopped fresh dill - 2 tbsp
- Sprigs thyme - 3
- Bay leaves - 3
- Avocado oil - 2 tbsp
- Arrowroot starch - 4 tbsp
- Sea salt - 1 tbsp
- Black pepper - 1 tbsp
- Parsley for garnishing
Method: One by one, start adding all the ingredients into the cooker except for parsley because that will be added last.
Once the ingredients are added, mix them well and leave to cook for at least six to eight hours on slow flame.
Now take the chopped parsley and top the dish with it. Serve.
Kosher diet is one of the healthiest diets out there since it is thoroughly checked. The food is properly cleaned and mixing of certain foods is forbidden. All of this is very healthy for a person because clean and healthy food makes a person less prone to falling sick.
Kosher foods can be found easily as they have a Kosher label/seal on them.