The Top Five Reasons To Eat Better Now

downloadOver the course of this blog, we have talked about a number of important things including recipes, new ideas, real food, organics, kosher and much more. There are many reasons why you should look at eating right and changing your life, but these are the top five to consider right now.

  1. The first, and best reason, is that it will do wonders for your health. When you start eating real foods and organics, and stay away from processed foods, you are helping your body out and that can give you years, even decades more life. The world is suffering through an obesity epidemic right now, and the bad foods we eat is a big reason for that. Stop eating bad foods, and get healthy right now. All it takes is changing your diet and eating better.
  2. The second reason is that it is good for the environment. When you eat organic, you help build the organic industry, and you help organic farmers make money. The more money organic farming makes, the more farmers who will look at it as a viable option and the better off the entire world is going to be. Organic is good for you and the environment.
  3. The third reason is that you will feel better about yourself. When you eat better, you feel better. You will gain confidence in yourself, and you will like yourself more. You will just be a happier person when you decide to start eating right.
  4. The fourth reason is that real food and organic food just tastes better. Eat some processed cheese, then eat a fresh tomato straight from the garden. See which you like better. It is no contest, the real food tastes better, it feels better and it is simply better. Forget about the foods that you are eating that are fast food, go slow, and make something excellent and tasty.
  5. The last reason is that it is simply the right thing to do. The world is changing, and you can be at the forefront of it by joining the real food and organic food revolutions. Don’t be left behind eating Big Macs, get with the new trend and feel better about yourself, and help make the world a bit of a better place one organic salad at a time.

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What is strictly forbidden in Kosher foods?

We all know that Kosher foods are the foods consumed by the Jewish people, which meet the requirements of their religion, but how much do we actually know about Kosher foods? What are the foods that Jewish individuals cannot eat? Why is that the case? Here is a brief rundown of the foods that are forbidden to be consumed under Kosher law.

First we will look at meat. Kosher meat must comply with a number of rules under Jewish dietary law. The only types of meat that can be consumed are cattle and game that has cloven hooves and, in the word of the Torah, “chew the cud”. If for example the animal only qualifies for one of these, like the pig for example, then its meat cannot be consumed. Animals that are Kosher are bulls, sheep, lambs, goats, veal, springbok and cows. When the animal is slaughtered, it must be done under the supervision of a Kosher Supervisor. The carcass must be have the blood removed, as well as the veins and the skin. To do this the meat is trebered, then soaked in a bath, then put on special salting tables for an hour on each side.

For birds, the only birds that can be consumed are goose, duck, chick and turkey.

All dairy products must come from Kosher animals and it must not contain any additives that are not Kosher.

One interesting Kosher rule is that it is against dietary law to combine meat and milk. According to the Torah, you cannot cook a young animal in the milk of its mother. As such, milk and meat products can never be mixed together, whether it is cooking them together, or serving them together at the table.

Eggs are allowed, but not if they contain eggs, so all eggs must be examined individually.

Only fish with fins and scales can be consumed, which includes tuna, herring and salmon. Lobster, crab, mussels and shrimp cannot be consumed.

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Kosher Food Symbols

imagesWhen you are looking to eat kosher, you want to make sure what you are eating is actually going to be kosher. Just like organic certifications, there are kosher certifications to put the consumer at ease that what they are eating is actually going to be what it it says it is. In order to make sure you are actually eating kosher food, look for these companies and symbols on the food that you eat.

First of all, the four biggest kosher supervision companies in the world are all found in the United States and they use the symbols OU, Kof-K, OK and Star-K. They are very recognizable and if they have their symbol on the food, then you know for sure that it is kosher.

Other well-known and reputable agencies include:

  1. Regional American Kosher Certifiers: These are the companies that regionally approve kosher meals. The United States has more of these than any other country in the world, and they are often found in areas where there are large groups of Orthodox Jewish individuals. New York, New Jersey, California and Florida all have several.
  2. International Hecshers: The big four have already been mentioned, but there are several other international agencies that are very reputable and can be trusted. These are London Beit Din, Kashrus Council of Canada, Kosher Australia and Rabbi Mordechai Rottenberg, or the Chief Rabbi of Paris.
  3. Israel has many agencies, and any one of the agencies based in the country will have reputable kosher practices and will be safe to import into the country because of the strict guidelines that they follow.
  4. Speciality Certifications: These are certifications where the food is kosher, but also vegan, organic, or GMO-free. There are many companies that offer these certifications but the biggest are EarthKosher and Natural Food Certifiers.

If you are looking for kosher food, make sure it comes from an agency that is reputable with a long-history of customer satisfaction.

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Is Kosher Organic?

imagesThe thing with Kosher food is that it has to be made in a certain way, and it has to follow very strict guidelines. The guidelines are so strict that most Kosher food plants are actually exempt from inspections and certifications because the standards are so high there is no need to inspect. This then begs the question about whether or not kosher is actually organic.

Organic food is concerned with how food is contaminated with various chemicals and through the use of GMOs. Organic food is food that is not harmful to human health, and does not have anything in it that can harm the person, nor the planet, from the process of growing to ingesting.

Kosher is a bit different in that it is concerned with how the food conforms with the dietary laws of the Jewish people. Any contamination of these rules could compromise the laws, and that is why Kosher products are certified so highly. A person who only eats organic, eating an apple grown in an inorganic way, is not going to have a question of faith, but a Jewish person eating something that isn’t kosher can have that crisis.

In both organic and kosher processing of products, the equipment must be certified in a certain way. Organic food can’t have any equipment that uses harsh chemicals, while kosher products can’t be made by equipment that makes non-kosher items.

One of the biggest differences between the certifications is that organic certification is managed by the United States Department of Agriculture, and is set down in laws from the federal government. In contrast, kosher is only answerable to the rabbi at the particular kosher certification agency handling that product or processing facility.

So, is kosher organic? No, it is not. Organic food can be made in a non-kosher way, and kosher food can be made in a non-organic way. A chicken can be made in a kosher way, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t raised in harsh conditions, or with certain by-products in it.

If you want kosher, then get a kosher certified food. If you want organic, then go with an organic certified food.

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Organic Kosher

imagesEating kosher is very important to people of the Jewish faith. It is central to their belief. Just because they need their food prepared in a certain way, that doesn’t mean they should be going without food that is organic. No different than everyone else, they deserve to have the option of organic. So, where can one get organic kosher?

The laws regarding kosher slaughter are so strong that the USDA has exempted kosher butchers and slaughterhouses from regulations, so you already know you are getting good quality food. Of course, that doesn’t mean you are getting organic food. Under kosher law, kosher food must be prepared in accordance with Jewish dietary laws. Foods that are not kosher include any shellfish, reptile, birds such as eagles and owls, and mammals such as pigs and rabbits. For other species, the meat must be slaughtered in a certain manner to be considered kosher, often under supervision of a rabbi. In addition, meat and dairy products cannot be consumed at the same time. Any kosher food that is prepared with, or from, non-kosher food is no longer considered to be kosher.

As foods have become more complex, with more ingredients and more processing, more and more kosher foods have kosher labelling. Kosher is also not just for Jewish people, but Muslims as well. Roughly 16 per cent of the $100 billion spent in the United States on kosher food comes from Muslim individuals.

Kosher food has more supervision than other foods, so many see it as an alternative to unhealthy processed foods.

Where does organic kosher come in then? Well, organic kosher is the same as regular kosher food in that it has to follow the same rules and regulations that are seen with other organic food. The only difference is that it is kosher. Although, given the large guidelines in place, it could be said that kosher food is more organic than many other “organic” brands out there. If you are concerned about what you are eating and want a healthier option, then you may want to consider eating kosher. You don’t have to be Jewish to eat kosher, and organic kosher is probably the cleanest food out there.

Give it a try.

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Kosher Vinegar…..what is it?

For various belief systems, there are foods that cannot be consumed. Often, this is pork and that is by far the most commonly-known food that is forbidden but there are other foods, including vinegar. As such, kosher vinegar is becoming popular among those who practice kosher beliefs. What exactly is it though, and how does it differ from other forms of vinegar?

First, let’s look at what kosher is exactly. Kosher foods are foods that conform to the Jewish dietary law and foods that may be consumed according to Jewish law are called kosher, which comes from the word kasher. Kasher means fit in Hebrew. There are several reasons for foods not being kosher including ingredients that are derived from animals that are not kosher, or from kosher animals that were not slaughtered in the proper manner. Mixtures of meat, milk, wine and grape not produced without supervision are also deemed as not being kosher. It is in this last point that we see how vinegar cannot be kosher. In order to make kosher vinegar, there are several issues that must be addressed when producing the vinegar. For typical vinegar fermentation, the requirement is that the wine be kosher, pasteurized, or made by Torah-observant workers. If any ingredients are added into the vinegar, they must also be kosher. Casks used to ferment the kosher vinegar cannot have been used to ferment non-kosher vinegars or wines either.

During the acetobactor generator process, several alcohols can be used for the conversion and these alcohols must be taken from certain sources. The alcohol can come from other countries and if the country of origin is a major producer of wine, then there is a good chance that the alcohol comes from grapes as well. If the vinegar company uses an alcohol that comes from grape, all subsequent vinegar products from the grape alcohol would then be non-kosher. This would be very bad and it is why it is so important that the sources of the alcohol are known, and that the company in the other country follows kosher practices. Another problem is that some countries, like New Zealand, are large producers of milk and alcohol there is often produced from fermented whey. When a vinegar company imports alcohol from a country like New Zealand, there is a chance the alcohol comes from dairy and would then be non-kosher.

It is vitally important, that through the entire process, everything in kosher vinegar is, in fact, kosher.

 

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Health Benefits of Balsamic Vinegar

1. Antioxidant: The antioxidants found in balsamic vinegar destroy the free radicals and as a result, protecting your cells from destruction. The balsamic vinegar has also been seen to slow the process of aging.

2. Fighting Cancer

The grapes that are used in the formation of balsamic vinegar contain quercetin, an antioxidant and vitamin C. Together they strengthen your immune system thereby making it easy for you to fight infections inflammations and even cancer.

3. Reducing Heart Attack Risk

Since balsamic vinegar contains low cholesterol, low sodium and saturated fat, it will improve your heart health because unwanted fats won’t deposit in your blood vessels.

4. Digestion Promotion

Balsamic vinegar also contains polyphenols which stimulate the pepsin enzyme activity in your body that helps break down proteins into amino acids. Efficient absorption of amino acids makes it easy for your body to utilize, repair and build cells. It also helps in the maintenance of the body’s work.

5. Weight Loss

Balsamic vinegar can also be used as dressing for salads hence a wonderful substitute for fatty acids like mayonnaise.

Balsamic vinegar is also known to keep you feeling full and for longer, which means eating less!

6. Diabetes Control

Research conducted revealed that consuming about three to four balsamic vinegar tablespoons will enhance your insulin sensitivity. The higher your insulin sensitivity is, the better your chances of controlling diabetes.

7. Bone Health

Acetic and pepsin help improve the absorption of important minerals into your body like magnesium and calcium. These two minerals are important in the formation of strong and healthy bones. Balsamic vinegar is a great source of both minerals.

Source of information: newhealthguide.org