As everyday consumers become more conscientious and health-conscious, many people are turning towards Halal. How can Halal benefit you, and should you consume Halal meat?
Let’s find out!
What is Halal?
Halal means “permissible” in Arabic. When in reference to food, Halal is a dietary standard with strict criteria, including:
- Halal food must be free of alcohol, blood, urine and pork
- Animals must be alive and healthy at the time of slaughter
- Animals cannot be given antibiotics or growth hormones
What Are The Benefits Of Halal Foods?
Happy And Clean Animals
The animals at Halal are treated well and given clean feeds without antibiotics or any chemicals that other profit-driven farms use.
Increased use of growth hormones in the animal farming industry has raised concerns, primarily because of their correlation to certain cancers. Although the jury is still out on whether growth hormones in animals are harmful to humans, many countries have taken the initiative to ban them because of their harmful effects on the animals.
The Halal method of slaughter requires blood to be completely drained from the carcass. As a result, contaminants such as uric acid are removed. Uric acid is a natural by-product of chemical processes in all animals, including humans. When we consume non-Halal meat, we also consume high concentrations of uric acid, which has been linked to chronic kidney disease, cardiovascular disease and cancer.
No Added Preservatives
High amounts of nitrites and nitrates in preservatives are known to be harmful to our bodies. Unfortunately, they are commonly used in processed foods and can increase our risk of cancer.
To meet the Halal standard, the meat must be free from microbial, physical and chemical hazards. The slaughtering process must be done in a hygienic environment to minimize cross-contamination and bacteria growth. Temperature is also carefully monitored during transport to ensure the meat is safe and of high-quality.
No Fear Hormones
The Halal method of slaughter is quick and minimizes animal suffering. The process is also never done in the sight of other live animals. The aim is to make the process less stressful for the animal. Research has shown that stress and fear reduce lactic acid production, which negatively affects the taste and shelf-life of the meat. Since lactic acid helps slow bacteria growth, Halal meat also has a longer shelf-life than non-Halal meat.
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