Nutrition largely determines our well-being, health, and influences the next generation. Food is not only the fuel that drives us, it allows us to live, function and develop, it strongly influences who we are. The correct diet, nutrients and food ritual are a very important point for every person to think about.
Why is it important to eat "healthy" foods?
Nowadays there is a lot of talk about organic food, "healthy eating practices" and healthy lifestyles, but this does not mean that it was only in the 21st century that society realized the effect of food on the body. Thanks to the Ebers papyrus, we know that as early as in the 15th century BC, the Egyptians considered certain foods to be especially valuable and healing, noting the connection between overeating and indigestion and the occurrence of various diseases. In ancient Greece, Hippocrates (460-359 BC) was considered the author of many correct guidelines and views, including that obese people tend to die earlier than slender people, and healthy eating and healthy lifestyle complement each other, bringing benefits.
The development of technology and medicine has made it possible, on the one hand, to better diagnose and analyze food and its effect on the body, on the other hand, it has created a wide area of processing and modification of food products. This is how food preservatives, breeding technologies and cultivation of genetic modifications (GMOs) began to be developed. Humanity has long recognized the causal relationship between diet and the functioning of the body in a broad sense. Primitive people already knew (although the system of explanations and logic that governed this was different) that eating stale food badly affects health and the body. They knew that the meat of sick or dead animals negatively affects health, so for a long time people have attached great importance to the production of game and its proper storage. Over time, one also noticed the importance of what a given animal ate, and what state his body was in before death.
Why are halal foods good for the body?
In the Muslim community, the term "halal" is used to refer to anything that is permitted — good practice and good food. Halal is everything that Allah permits during a person's life on earth. In contrast to halal, there is "haram", which describes everything that is prohibited in the face of Islam. Both phrases are used to refer to both permitted and prohibited activities and products. Because of this difference, it is easy to see that the world is divided into halal and haram - there is nothing in common between them. Let's talk about why halal food is good for everyone, including non-Muslims, and why animals should be treated in a halal manner.
Islam encourages us to eat only healthy and good food for the human body, because the health and proper existence of a person as a whole is the result of a good state of mind and body. Islam prohibits the use of those foods that are harmful to health and destroy the human body, but encourages a healthy lifestyle.
Who should eat halal food?
In this article, it is impossible not to say a few words about the religious aspect. Is halal food acceptable for Christians or worshippers of other faiths? After all, the term "halal" has a bright Islamic connotation and evokes an association with Muslims who strictly adhere to Islamic traditions. Muslims must eat solely halal food. Even due to the mere presence of non-halal ingredients, permitted food can be spoiled. For this reason, they are often transported and stored separately.
Halal food is by no means a cult food, nor is it produced in the name of some idol or god. It also has nothing to do with sacrifice. Therefore, everyone chooses what food to eat. If you can eat animal food (beef or horse meat), then the products purchased in the store will in no way offend the feelings of believers.
Features of the extraction of the "right" products
Today we know that it is extremely important not only to choose the foods we eat, but also to build on their condition, to store them correctly. In the case of food of animal origin, it is extremely important to feed and breed these organisms correctly, to consider whether they were sick before death, whether they had any defects and whether they were given medications and antibiotics. The way animals are treated during their life and development, as well as the way they are slaughtered, also play an important role. Poor conditions in which animals live, poor nutrition and malformation of a given organism determine the taste and quality of meat or animal products such as milk and eggs. The method and conditions of slaughter also have a huge impact. The animal's fear of death causes an overproduction of adrenaline, which leads to a deterioration in the taste of meat. In turn, the intake of various unnatural means for growth leads to the fact that their components remain in the animal's body.
Consider how in the 21st century we need to choose food, how we can influence the choice of ingredients and dishes in order to feel healthy. Food is not only our fuel, food is a gift, without which none of us can live and function, therefore the consumed products (plants, animals) deserve respect and reverence, because we cannot do without them.
Halal as a diet
In Western culture, halal is regarded primarily as a Muslim diet. Halal food is food that can be eaten without any concerns about its quality. For the followers of Islam, this choice is a necessity that has a religious justification. The halal concept emphasizes that what we eat influences our health, well-being and proper development.
A halal diet is a diet of foods eaten by Muslims, it does not contain foods prohibited by the Quran. According to the Quran, the use of blood, alcohol, pork, carcasses is prohibited. The ritual slaughter of animals is also required.
The Muslim diet is very popular among followers of other religions. With its impressive richness of tastes and aromas, it is also gaining popularity in Ukraine and the CIS countries, although the menu does not include pork dishes so beloved by Ukrainians and Russians. An extremely wide variety of dishes based on vegetables, nuts, legume seeds, rice and couscous are also appreciated by vegetarians.
What food is not considered halal?
According to Islam, all food sources are legal, with the exception of blood, alcohol, pork, and the following foods:
Food products of animal origin:
Certain plant foods are also banned: intoxicating and dangerous plants, except those from which the toxin can be removed during processing. Do not consume food and food additives derived from prohibited products.
In countries with large Muslim populations, local religious organizations issue certificates for food and animal slaughter in accordance with halal rules. The target group for which halal food is produced is mostly Muslim.
Halal food benefits
In Ukraine and the CIS countries, halal products are produced today by numerous companies and their number is growing every year. Such products are produced not only by small, but also by the largest manufacturing enterprises, which are mainly located in regions where many Muslims do not live. The reason is very simple - this product is very popular in the market and in all regions.
The main characteristic of halal products is their quality. The European population has long realized this, so the Europeans saw a new level of standard and quality in halal products, where there is strict control at every stage of production. For this reason, the popularity of these products is undeniable, they are in high demand, as modern society is committed to pure products that prolong life and protect health.