Assalamu Alaikum

In this issue we examine two important topics: controlling your food supply and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Consumers today are questioning food processing methods, particularly agricultural processes and animal welfare methods. In “Development-Supported Agriculture,” we examine how consumers can exercise some control over their food supply. In “Halal While Traveling,” we offer advice on how to maintain a halal diet when away from home.

Breakfast Is Best” reminds us of the impact of breakfast on our long term health, in addition to the benefits we observe throughout the day. Lower risk of heart disease in addition to greater energy and alertness are some of these benefits.

Those who suffer from allergies will find useful advice in “Fighting Seasonal Allergies the All-Natural Way.” Foods that strengthen the immune system help resist seasonal allergies. For more allergy advice, “Liquid Sun” discusses how many of us don’t realize we are vitamin D deficient and the impact that has on our immune system and overall health. Some of us may need to take a supplement to ensure we get the right dose.

Forget Apples & Oranges” and “Brighten Your Plate” offer us insight into a variety of different foods that we may not have considered. New foods can help us avoid a monotonous diet which might lead us to less healthy choices. It is important to be cautious when trying new food items to be sure we don’t have an allergy to them, especially food products that may not be indigenous to our locale.

In “A Taste of Heaven,” we learn more about pomegranate and its important health properties as experienced throughout history.

In the coming months, IFANCA will present the Halal and Healthy Workshop series to demonstrate some easy to prepare halal and healthy foods and snacks. If you live in the Chicagoland area, look for a workshop near you.


Roger M. Othman, managing editor