People living the kosher lifestyle may have varying degrees of how strict they apply it but the popularity of kosher living and eating is on the rise. For food to be kosher, Koshercertification.org explains that food must be prepared as described in:
“… the laws of the Torah, to be eaten, a kosher species must be slaughtered by a “Schochet,” a ritual slaughterer. Since Jewish Law prohibits causing any pain to animals, the slaughtering has to be effected in such a way that unconsciousness is instantaneous and death occurs almost instantaneously.” (Koshercertification.org, 2017)
Is Kosher Food Healthier?
Studies report that roughly 15% of people purchase kosher food to uphold their religious beliefs, a larger percentage of people share they buy kosher under the belief that it is healthier. In some regards this can be true, but it may be important to understand that kosher food is more healthy as a result of following the regulations of Jewish law based on what the laws are, not because the focus is for food to be healthier. With kosher meat, for example, machines used to cut one type of kosher meat can never be used for a different type. Regulations like these have a religious basis, but the benefit is lower risk of cross contamination.
Free of Gluten and Dairy
People with dairy or gluten allergies might be inclined to look towards kosher foods because so many of them are dairy-free or made with gluten-free ingredients (some not all, still verify the correct labeling). Although some kosher food being more healthy is a by-product of preparing food within Jewish religion guidelines, it’s compelled many to seek out products labelled as such.
The Spirituality Behind It
Another aspect of what makes kosher food healthy might be spiritual well-being for those maintaining a kosher lifestyle to preserve religious formality. When we believe in something spiritual wholeheartedly, our minds become more open to the expectations of well-being we have. Someone observing Jewish law may eat with a greater sense of gratitude and satisfaction, knowing they have nourished their body with food sanctioned within their beliefs. Peace with self based on deed ranges in importance to human beings but those who find peace in adhering to religious customs may take the consumption of kosher food very seriously, or, joyfully. And why not rejoice with things like kosher cookies and even beer available (which just goes to show you that even some unexpected items can potentially be made kosher style)?
Consumers have their reasons for living a kosher lifestyle. Fortunately, the benefits of living kosher are consistent.