Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Does Kosher Mean Healthier? - Kosher food gains popularity

Is kosher food more healthy? Food marketers and consumers evidently believe so. Only 20% of people buying foods marked kosher are Jewish, and “kosher” has become the most popular claim on food products, according to a recent survey by Mintel, a Chicago-based market research firm, beating out “organic,” “no additives or preservatives,” and “all natural.”

The kosher certification process does bring consumers some health benefits, says Deborah Kotz in U.S. News & World Report. Ingredients’ sources are closely tracked, allowing for a quicker recall if a problem is uncovered. Food is thoroughly cleaned to make sure no bugs remain on it. Kosher beef is also less likely to contain the misshapen proteins that cause mad cow disease, possibly because the animals are slaughtered young.

But a lot of bacteria, including salmonella and E. coli, can survive the kosher process. So kosher bagged spinach wouldn’t necessarily be less likely to cause food poisoning than a non-kosher variety.


There is no doubt in my mind that were the Sanhedrin reconvened today, one of the first things on the agenda would be an issur of the "Borough Park Diet," that is filled with fat, cholesterol and other such drek.

Why is a popular after shul topic "who is your cardiologist?"


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