How Eating an All-Kosher Diet Can Positively Impact Your Health

healthy family eating kosher food in the kitchen

The term kosher means fit or proper as in “fit to eat.” According to Jewish law, kosher dietary guidelines dictate which foods can be eaten, how it should be prepared, and what food groups can be combined for consumption.

General kosher rules state that:

  • Meat must come from animals with split or cloven hooves, such as cows, goats, sheep, and deer.
  • Animals must be slaughtered under rabbinical supervision according to Torah law.
  • Animals that are considered bottom feeders, such as shellfish or pigs, must be avoided.
  • Blood must be drained from meat or poultry before it can be eaten.
  • The flesh of animals or birds cannot be combined with dairy.
  • Only fish with fins or scales are considered kosher.
  • Fruit and vegetables must be free of insects.

Let’s look at how an all-kosher diet can be beneficial to good health.

Limiting Unhealthy Foods

The foods that are prohibited from a kosher diet are among those that are considered unhealthy. Pork is high in saturated fat and shellfish is high in cholesterol. Pigs may be kept in unclean environments and are often fed a diet that is high in corn and calories to promote fattening. Shrimp, crabs, oysters, and lobster live on the bottom of the ocean floor and consume what is found there including waste from other water-dwelling creatures and dead matter. 

A diet that is high in fat and cholesterol can lead to obesity and is associated with diseases like high blood pressure, heart disease, and cancer. Because an all-kosher diet eliminates fatty, high-cholesterol meats that may contain parasites, it aids in preventing illnesses.

Promoting Food Safety

Kosher foods are subject to strict inspection and certification requirements in order to be considered safe to eat. This includes carefully inspecting approved animals for disease before slaughter and following specific procedures for processing. Vegetables and fruits must be inspected for bugs and washed thoroughly before eating. 

In terms of preparation, the salting process that is used to remove blood from meat can kill disease-causing bacteria, such as salmonella. Cooking requires using separate pots and utensils for meat and dairy to keep everything kosher in the kitchen.

Encouraging Healthy Eating  Habits

It is believed that dairy products and meat digest at different rates. This is one of the reasons that dairy and meat are never mixed in kosher cooking. Someone keeping kosher must wait six hours after consuming meat before they can have milk or other dairy product and vice versa. This rule cuts out the opportunity of eating something like a cheeseburger, which may taste good, but is not considered to be particularly healthy. While the law doesn’t apply to very young children, for those three to five years old, one hour’s wait between milk and meat may be sufficient. Those six and older must let the customary six hours elapse so as not to mix the two food groups.

A kosher diet emphasizes the importance of eating whole, unprocessed foods such as vegetables, fruits, lean meat, and whole grains. Lower in saturated fat and cholesterol than non-kosher foods, these food products are the basis of any healthy diet. Substituting saturated fats like cheeses, cream, and butter with heart-healthy fats like avocado oil, olive oil, and nut oils can help you incorporate less dairy in your diet, which can also be important for good health.

Shop Sarah’s Tent for Healthy, All-Kosher Eating

For those who are interested in clean eating, an all-kosher diet makes sense. Sarah’s Tent carries the highest quality of kosher foods to help you eat healthier by keeping kosher. 

You don’t have to be Jewish to benefit from an all-kosher way of eating. Contact us to place your kosher grocery order or for more information about our products.

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