The word Halal literally means permissible. To make Halal meat or poultry, the animal must be slaughtered in a ritual and permissible way. Animals are required to be alive and healthy at the time of slaughter. It is the dietary standard followed by Muslims as prescribed by the Qur’an but now is becoming increasingly popular even among people who aren’t Muslims. You are probably wondering why at this point so let’s jump straight into it!
It can be hugely beneficial in helping reduce high levels of cholesterol, saturated fat and the negative effects of alcohol consumption. In Halal, extraordinary focus is put on sanitation and cleanliness based on religion. Halal farmers focus on giving animals healthy and clean feeds without using antibiotics. It is not allowed to slaughter a sick animal; therefore, animals are raised in clean conditions that support disease free environments, making halal meat more ethical. Islamic slaughter demands that the blood is totally depleted from the corpse, resulting in better and fresher meat, free from bacteria. To learn more about the benefits of halal click here.
Foods that are not halal are known as haram foods. All foods are considered Halal except:
- Alcoholic drinks and intoxicants
- Any meat from a pig (bacon, pork, ham)
- Non-halal animal meat
- Carnivorous animals
- Any animals with fangs (cats, dogs, lions etc)
- If the meat has been slaughtered in a prohibited way:
- Birds of prey
- If an animal dies of itself
- Donkey meat
Islam places great importance on how life is sacred which is why the way that an animal’s life ends is of significance. The phrase Bismillah (in the name of the god) must be said before slaughtering any animal.
Scientific evidence also goes to support Halal. For instance, carrion or dead animals are in the decaying process which releases chemicals that are harmful to humans. Animals such as pigs have pathogenic worms that enter the human body on consumption and the fatty acids found in pigs are said to be incompatible with the biochemical system in humans.
Restaurants and foods usually have a green symbol to show that their food is halal certified which means they are free from any forbidden ingredients and have not been contaminated with other forbidden ingredients. They have been approved by an agency if they have the halal symbol on them.
At Love Yourself, we aim to cater to everyone’s needs. We are proud to offer Halal on our range of Balance and Performance Diet. Going Halal is seen as a way of life. Will you be trying out our Halal Diets? Let us know over on Instagram (@loveyourselfhq)