Halal & Kosher Dietary Laws – The Breakdown

by Brooke on April 3, 2012

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This past Wednesday, I presented on the similarities and differences of halal and kosher dietary laws at IFT’s annual Wellness Conference.

Chicago has a diverse population with varying dietary needs, some of which are fueled by religious obligation.  Being informed of these dietary laws, is the first step in helping my clients meet their nutritional needs. Here is a comparison table summing up a few of the major similarities and differences I presented at IFT.

  Halal  Kosher
Contaminated Food Prohibited  Prohibited 
Pork Prohibited  Prohibited 
Blood Prohibited  Prohibited 
Amphibians Prohibited  Prohibited 
Alcohol Prohibited  Allowed if made with   kosher ingredients
Insects  Prohibited, except for locusts Prohibited, except for locusts   specic types of grasshoppers
Animals Ruminants with split hooves and other animals  Ruminants that chew their cud and have split hooves 
Poultry Permitted are birds that    don’t use their claws to hold food Domestic birds are allowed.  Birds of prey are prohibited
Slaughtering Methods  Preformed by person of the faith.  Animal’s neck is cut with a non-serrated blade    and blood is drained.  No restrictions on what parts of the carcass may be eaten  Preformed by person of the faith. Animal’s neck is cut with a special knife, blood is drained, and carcass is soaked/salted.  Sciatic nerve and certain types of fat are prohibited, removed before soaking and salting 
Slaughter Blessing God’s name needs to be pronounced before each    and every animal Blessing is recited once before the slaughter 
Additional food restrictions  No restrictions Passover (five prohibited grains:  wheat, rye, oats, barley, & spelt)
Cooking Equipment No restrictions except avoiding cross-contamination of equipment between halal foods & non-halal foods. High level of cleanliness required  Kosherization of equipment is done with the supervision of a rabbi.  Ceramics, rubber, earthenware, and porcelain can’t be koshered  An idle period needs to take place after sanitation of equipment

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Emily April 3, 2012 at 6:58 pm

AHHHH!!! You look so cool up there!!! YAY!!!!


Brooke April 5, 2012 at 2:04 am

Thanks Emily!


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