Can choosing kosher over non-kosher foods help a person who's lactose intolerant? If so, how?
I understand that some kosher foods have to be prepared without dairy products, the #1 source of lactose. That being the case, which kosher food products would be particularly safe for a lactose intolerant? Please be prepared to provide documentation, since I want to use this data on a book or blog and would like to quote you.
Question answered by sldcdn
Milk is considered kosher but I would recommend that you look at recipes that are parve which means they are neutral. This includes fish, fruit, veggies and some other things. I know our synagogue only allows parve dishes at Oneg.
I also am lactose intolerant and get by well on parve dishes since they contain no milk. You cannot mix meat and milk products so when I do eat something that contains milk I take my medication (lactose pills).
Jews: What is the difference between Kosher food products and non-Kosher?
And what exactly is "Kosher" food (as in, is there a list of what you can and cannot eat?)? Does eating a Kosher diet entail better health overall? And is it possible to be both a vegetarian and eat Kosher-only products? If so, how?
Thank you in advance = ). I am merely curious because I've been considering following a stricter diet in order to better my health and I've heard that Kosher products are generally healthier and better for you than non-Kosher.
Question answered by Kosher Ninja Chick JPA
It involves a few different things.
Firstly, no Kosher product can have any gelatine in it. None. As you can imagine, that means that people who keep Kosher have to check the ingredients pretty closely on things because it seems gelatine creeps into so many things.
It also means: no mixing of milk and meat. They have to be eaten separately with around a six hour space in between. So there are special Jewish 'pareve' ice-creams, for instance, so we can have that as a dessert if we are eating a main course with meat.
It also means, as you'll probably know, no pork or shellfish. Fish is only kosher IF it has both fins and scales.
And regarding other meat: kosher meat is both killed and handled differently. It has to be killed by a registered kosher butcher, who has to inspect the knife: if the knife has even the tiniest blemish or flaw, it can't be used - because the animal MUST be killed with a CLEAN cut to the throat, so it dies swiftly and with no suffering. If the animal cries out in pain, for instance, it can't be used, as it won't be kosher.
The meat has to be drained of all blood, and salted as well. And kosher meat can't be kept or stored or cooked ANYWHERE where non kosher food is also being kept or handled.
Now: in terms of whether kosher food is healthier:
I would argue that there are definitely some health benefits. Kosher animals NEVER die from disease: if they do, they don't qualify as Kosher. So right from the start, you know you will be eating a healthier animal, so to speak.
Also, pork and shellfish even to this day are two of the foods *most* likely to result in food poisening.
Have you ever compared a Kosher chicken with a non Kosher one?
They are *usually* bigger, and plumper!!!
Finally: do you know what gelatine is????
Suffice it to say, I'm rather glad I don't eat it.....
How do they certify kosher food in manufacturing.?
When there are large shipments of food products. Lets say kosher salt, is there a council of rabbi's that bless the food or are there just one??
Question answered by todd f
Kosher means "proper," referring to foods that are acceptable to be eaten by those of the Jewish faith who practice and observe certain dietary laws as prescribed in the Torah, the Bible. Such foods and food product derivatives are said to fall under the laws of kashruth. These laws come primarily from the Bible, with additional rabbinical decrees that have been handed down through generations of time. In order for the Triangle to be affixed to any product, rabbinical supervision of the food preparation process is required. This includes examination of ingredients, as well as processing and packaging equipment.
What Kosher food can I buy in a usual supermarket?
In case there are no Kosher food stores around, I have to buy food in usual supermarkets. What Kosher food can I buy there? I am sure there are not a lot of Kosher things there but though there must be some. Please, let me know what that can be. Thank you
Question answered by ananymous
the hardest thing to find in a regular supermarket is kosher meat. however, some stores carry a brand of chicken called empire. look for it in the freezer section. (also, trader joe's usually carries empire chicken.)
also, most supermarkets do not carry kosher hard cheese.
you can buy anything in the store with a reliable kosher symbol. here is a list of reliable symbols:
any american supermarket with have plenty of "regular" items with a kosher symbol including cereal, pretzels, chips, cookies, pasta, rice, canned tuna and salmon, canned fruits and vegetables, condiments, sauces, peanut butter, jelly, baking supplies, and many other items.
fresh fruits and vegetables (outside of israel) dont need any kosher certification. you can just buy them. however, leafy vegetables should be inspected for bugs before you eat it.
some other products dont need certification. here is a list:
some supermarkets carry kosher bread, and some don't. if your supermarket doesnt have kosher sandwich bread, check for bagels. the brands thomas and sara lee are both kosher.
Why are All food Products Packages marked with a K or U followed by the word Pareve?
Since January 2010, I have noticed that the Letter "K "and or "U" followed by the Word Pareve, or just a "P" (sometimes D as well) is found on the Lower corners(usually right side) of Food Product Packaging distributed within the United States. Has anyone else noticed this? What is the reason for this Marking? I figure the "k" is for Kosher, but the U?
Question answered by Lady Luck
Interesting question... I'd like to know too?
Can a rehab center with kosher food deny me milk with my dinner?
i was denied milk with my dinner at a rehab center that is owned by jewish doctors and has kosher food. they receive medicare funds. i brought my own milk to the dining area a few days later and they were going to take it away. i said it was my right to have milk and don't think about touching my carton of milk and they backed down.
Question answered by Rozmin
Private facilities certainly have the right to regulate which food they do or do not serve, for whatever reasons. However, if this place receives government funds, I would say it's a gross violation of separation of church and state if they refuse to allow you to eat certain foods for religious reasons. If it were a health matter, that would be different; for example, many public elementary schools do not allow children to bring in their own peanut products, because many students are severely allergic. However, the reality of this situation is less clear. Under the Bush administration, many faith-based programs were allowed to discriminate based on religion, despite the fact they received government money (i.e. only hiring people of their faith, and probably situations like you have described). I'm not sure if this has changed yet, so you may or may not have luck if you wanted to take this further, to court or something. I think that perhaps a letter to a supervisor/owner of the center would be a better first step, as opposed to legal action.
Do the orthodox union pray over the food?
I'm not allowed to eat kosher food and was wondering if products that have the capital u inside the circle are kosher.
Question answered by ananymous
kosher food is not "prayed over." kosher means the foods adheres to jewish law, and doesn't contain certain ingredients such as pork or shellfish. it also may not contain meat and dairy in the same food. meats must come from animals that were ritually slaughtered. kosher food may not be cooked on equipment that was used for non kosher food. the orthodox union (and other kashrut agencies) supervise factories to make sure all ingredients and equipment is kosher. the orthodox union does not bless or pray over food.
for more on kosher see: http://www.jewfaq.org/kashrut.htm
you are going to have a very hard time avoiding kosher food! water, fresh fruits and vegetables, grains, sugar, flour, baking powder, most fruit juice, milk, eggs, and many, many other foods are kosher.
Is the concept of Kosher food compatible or incompatible with the concept of Organic food?
Can you, in general, buy Organic Kosher food, or is that just plain silly?
And if it's not silly, and does happen, how rare is it to find place that sells Organic Kosher food? (Melbourne Australia)
Question answered by Crazy Horse
Organic Living Food - Kosher
Organic and Wild-crafted products that are Kosher ... Agave Nectar Light - Organic - Raw - Kosher - Low Glycemic ... Cacao Butter - Organic - Kosher ...www.organiclivingfood.com/c-36-kosher.aspx
Guess everything is possible nowadays.
Why do we need FDA and USDA. when rabbis are good in deciding what is a good food?
Recently, I've noticed small letters K, U, RSA and other on the products in the supermarkets. I've found out that those lettes stand for Kosher food, approved by rabbis. Does it mean that all other products, not beign approved by rabbis, are not good and healthy? I've seen those letters, even, on Coke and Pepsi.
Question answered by Goldman I
Are those rabbies doctors or it's just a next Jewish bigotry?
Please can you give me a Kosher menu for my daughter's homework?
I need to have Starter - Main Course and dessert consisting of Kosher food for Year 6 homework. Thanks.
Thanks Sean I have tried that but it just comes up with shops and things for sale and I haven't a clue in what order the food is eaten and what is a typical menu.
Thanks Sean very kind of you.
A BIG THANK YOU to everyone - I will print and let my daughter do her own homework from your answers.
Question answered by Sean F
Google it!! Why are you doing your daughter's homework for her?
Okay my answer was not very helpful! It is just I know someone that does their childrens' homework for them and it really annoys me, aside from that here are the Kosher rules but they should help her come up with a menu:
No shellfish (scallops, oysters etc), crustaceans (prawns, lobsters etc), eels, sea slugs, octopus, squid/calamari etc or pork products in any shape or form.
No course dish may involve meat products and dairy products at the same time.
All meat must be butchered by a Kosher butcher but failing that a Halal butcher.
For dairy, meat and vegetables there must be separate food preparation areas. A set of utensils must only be used for the preparation of its specific food type and in an ideal world there must specific sinks, cookers and dish washers for each.
Hope this is of help!! I have consulted my partner a Religion, Philosophy and Ethics specialist.