Why do you have to eat halal? Why do we have all these
restrictions? Let’s face it: finding halal is limiting and difficult.
So why should we make the effort? Well first and foremost, it
is God’s command that we abstain from eating certain foods,
and earning good deeds is incentive enough. There is a sec-
ond benefit, however; eating halal reinforces, and goes hand
in hand with, eating healthy.
How is this possible you ask? Many of the latest findings
in health science relate to Islamic practices. For example,
studies have shown that our fingertips have nutrients that
enable digestion, and the Sunnah (tradtion) of the Prophet
Muhammad (SAW) recommends that we eat with our hands.
The beauty of Islam is that by practicing Islamic law, we are
not only fulfilling our duties as Muslims, but we are also stay-
ing healthy and engaging in behaviors that will keep us fit
and strong.
So how does halal food play into this? Research has shown
that ingredients such as artificial colors and certain animal
enzymes can cause harmful allergic reactions in the body.
These ingredients can also lead to problems with the liver, kid-
ney, and other organs in the body. In fact, artificial colors that
are commonly found in our foods, such as Red 40, are consid-
ered harmful enough to be banned in certain countries.
What about zabiha meat? Why do we have to eat meat slaugh-
tered in a specific way? The reasons behind this also exemplify
the health aspect in Islam. The Islamic method of slaughtering
meat is the cleanest and least painful (for the animal) way to
kill an animal. All of the blood gets drained from the animal,
and this ensures the cleanliness and freshness of the meat.
So, even something as simple as halal/zabiha-slaughtered
animals has health benefits.
Benefits of eating halal are endless. In fact, a vast amount of
research that supports the vegetarian movement supports
eating halal as well. So, making that extra effort to choose
halal foods, despite the limitations, has more benefit than we
realize. Eating halal is a buffer, a safety net, against harm-
ful ingredients and foods that can have devastating health
effects on our bodies.
The information in this article comes from:
Vegetarianworldfoods.com (March 2, 2013)
Livestrong.com (March 2, 2013)
Eat Halal, Eat Healthy
By Sabaahath Latifi
Spring 2013
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