Asma Ahad, IFANCA Marketing Director, has published an article in New Hope 360 on the demand and growth of the halal food market. This is a prelude to her presentation on Specialty Diets at the Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, California, on March 6. The Natural Products Expo West is the leading trade show in the natural, organic, and healthy products industry.
2nd International Symposium on Halal Science and Innovative Product Development
IFANCA President, Dr. Muhammad Munir Chaudry, will speak at the 2nd International Symposium on Halal Science and Innovative Product Development in Brunei Darussalaam to be held at the Rizqun International Hotel on February 11-13. The theme of the symposium is Advancing Food & Health through Halal Science & Product Innovation. Dr. Chaudry will speak about “Halal Certification in the US.”
Brunei aims to position itself to share in the halal ‘pie’ by establishing a Halal Science Centre with a global reference laboratory to use analytical methods to test products for halal compliance.
The 6th International Halal Food Conference, hosted by the Halal Food Council of Europe (HFCE), will be held at the Sheraton Brussels Airport Hotel on March 24-25, 2014. The Conference attracts attendees from around the world, including renowned scientists, scholars, industry executives, and halal authorities. Representatives of the food industry and government halal regulators in key Muslim countries will be on hand to discuss prospects in the increasing global halal market.
For more information on HFCE, visit their website at www.hfce.eu.
Have you heard of Meatless Monday? Its message is “once a week, cut the meat.” The average American consumes about 2,000 pounds of food per year, with beef and poultry making up 135 pounds. That’s a lot of meat! But, is it too much?
Meatless Monday is a global movement that launched in 2003. It’s a non-profit initiative whose goal is to reduce meat consumption by 15% for the sake of personal health and that of our environment.
According to the American Cancer Society, the recommended meal portion of meat is three ounces, or the size of a deck of cards. The problem is, with American portions often exceeding what is recommended, the average person is consuming closer to eight ounces. That can really be detrimental to one’s health. A 2009 study by the National Cancer Institute found, of 500,000 Americans, those who consumed the most red meat were 20% more likely to die of cancer and at least 27% more likely to die of heart disease than those who ate the least. The risk of dying from cardiovascular disease was 50% higher for women.
A recent study agrees with these findings. In 2012, the Archives of Internal Medicine published results of an almost 30-year study of the meat consumption of over 37,000 men and over 83,000 women. In that time, over 5,900 deaths were caused by cardiovascular disease and almost 9,500 deaths by cancer.
The conclusion? “Red meat consumption is associated with an increased risk of total, CVD [cardiovascular disease], and cancer mortality.”
The researchers involved in the study estimated that substituting one serving per day of other healthy protein sources for red meat could decrease the mortality risk by 7% to 19%.
While these findings are based only on red meat consumption, eliminating poultry as well, at least once a week, will allow room to improve your diet by incorporating foods that are lower in fat and higher in fiber, zinc, and other essential vitamins and minerals. Going meatless is more than just about giving up meat. After all, a greasy slice of cheese pizza or large serving of macaroni and cheese may be meat-free but are still filled with saturated fats and devoid of vital nutrients. If you take the steak or chicken off your plate, you should replace it with a low-fat, protein-rich option. Also, try adding seafood rich in omega-3 fatty acids (salmon, for example) to your steak-and-chicken weekly rotation. Moderation and a varied diet are essential to maintaining a healthy body.
Here are a few protein-rich foods to help you fulfill your dietary needs:
Quinoa Tofu Black beans Chickpeas Red kidney beans Tempeh Peanut butter Almonds Pistachios Eggs
Many of us are not willing to eliminate meat entirely from our diets, but one day a week can’t be too hard. Your health is worth it.