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Halal diet saves you from heart diseases

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[people who eat pork are on greater risk of getting sick from toxoplasmosis due to the presence of parasite known as “toxoplasma gondii” that can be found in pork meat]

Big attention worldwide is given to nutrition in order to prevent many noninfectious diseases that gained an epidemic proportion in today’s society. Among them are conditions linked with heart diseases.

Diet, as a tool for prevention, doesn’t include just healthy eating habits; it should include other factors, like composition of food and presence of nutrients that effect on our nervous, cardiovascular and immune system. Today, the high-fat diet is present all over the world and it is well-known that especially saturated fats are associated with the occurrence of cardiovascular diseases and the development of certain forms of cancer (colon, prostate, breast, lungs).  We all know that fats and proteins and carbohydrates belong to the macronutrients. They are part of our daily diet and the question should be based just on what kind of fats we should enter to keep our blood vessels and heart in good shape, and what kind of fat should we avoid preventing hazardous impact on our health? Cardiologists all around the world observe that in recent years many younger people started suffering from many heart problems and many ended with death so the former limit of 65 dropped to 45 years, and it’s getting even lower[1]. So, what can we do to prevent such state? One of the solutions is to consume food and food products with the lowest amount of added artificial substances and with the healthier kinds of fats.

Halal standard makes the set of rules and guidelines for the production and preparation of food in accordance with Islamic religious customs. Halal requirements were derived from the Quran and Shari’a law, which among other things, regulates which food is allowed or in Arabic language “Halal”, and what is haram – “forbidden”.

Halal among other things prohibits the use of: pork, including products made from blood, all by-products of pork, such as porcine gelatin or enzymes that are sometimes used in productions of some cheeses or in pharmaceutical and cosmetic industry. By halal, even meat of improperly slaughtered or previously wrongly nourished bovine animals for example, with GMO ingredients or fed with food that contains mycotoxins, (milk, meat, lard and so on) is forbidden to use.

Also, food that is prepared with wine or any other kind of alcoholic beverages (mostly in cakes or sauces) can’t belong to food based on Halal principles.

Why is pork meat so dangerous?

Just one good reason why we should avoid pork meat regardless of our religion is linked to their nature as they behave as vulture; therefore, pigs are transferor of many infectious diseases and they contain many parasites. For instance, people who eat pork are on greater risk of getting sick from toxoplasmosis due to the presence of parasite known as “toxoplasma gondii” that can be found in pork meat[2]. To kids and people with weakened immune systems, toxoplasmosis can cause extremely serious complications such as seizures, mental confusions and lung problems that may look a lot like tuberculosis.

Trichinellosis infections are another good reason to avoid pork. Symptoms vary from apparency of fatigue, weakness or muscle pain, to more complicated symptoms as myocarditis that can damage the heart so heavily and even end with death[3]. Pork meat even lean kind of pork meat, including products such as sausages, hot dogs are fulfilled with saturated fats and food that contains saturated fats raises the level of bad cholesterol in blood (LDL), which then increases risk of getting some kind of heart disease or stroke[4].

Nevertheless, halal food is worldwide available, and is also suitable for all ages and members of other religions, as they include all types of food which are hygienically and microbiologically safe.

Halal food products are well known as a high-quality kind of food. For example, halal products contain the minimum of chemical additives or artificial substances, and so consumers will enter healthier kinds of food and influence in prevention of some difficult heart related conditions.

[1]Leading underlying causes of death in Australia by age group, 2011–2013

[2] Slany M, Reslova N, Babak V, Lorencova A. Molecular characterization of Toxoplasma gondii in pork meat from different production systems in the Czech Republic. Veterinary Research Institute, Department of Food Safety and Feed, Hudcova Int J Food Microbiol. 2016 Dec 5;238:252-255  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27693960

[3] Djurković-Djaković O, Bobić B, Nikolić A, Klun I, Dupouy-Camet J. Pork as a source of human parasitic infection. Serbian Centre for Parasitic Zoonoses, Institute for Medical Research, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia. Clin Microbiol Infect. 2013 Jul;19(7):586-94. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23402388

[4] The American Heart Association “Saturated Fats”

Halal Foods Will Keep at Bay Heart Diseases from You

By | Halal Food

That Islam is not just a religion should no longer excite the sensibilities of the prejudiced and ignorant minds of the ignoble. Islam is a way of life with a wide-ranging principles and recommended practices that ultimately benefit the adherent. For instance, almost all foods prohibited by the Islam pose serious and proven health problems to populations worldwide. This article examines the underlying principles behind halal foods as opposed to the haram. These are expounded on in the Qur’an, in the Hadith (Prophet Muhammad’s Sayings), the Sunnah (tradition) as well as what is commonly referred to as the Fiqh. The Fiqh is the understanding derived from religious and cultural renderings of Islamic Jurists.

Concept of Halal

The concept of halal foods is an illumination of the distaste of the Islamic religion to foods that are basically prohibited by Allah, foods obtained through haram means and foods that are harmful to the health of a human being. From the onset, it ought to be sufficiently emphasized that Islam places tremendous significance to the concept of cleanliness. By declaring some certain foods unclean and unacceptable (haram), the idea is to take care of the adherents by stopping the use of potentially harmful foods.

The justification for the widespread acceptance of halal foods is tied to number of proven and scientifically logical conclusions, besides the conventional quest to preserve the sanctity of the Islamic religion. To begin with, halal foods protect you from health complications. What is commonly referred to as haram is often harmful, toxic, and poisonous. To amplify this concern, it has been found that most haram foods lead to the increased occurrences of heart related diseases. For instance, the consumption of unhealthy haram fats, haram meat and meat products, use of unclean slaughter facilities can all be considered a major contribution of the causes of heart diseases and thrombosis.

Halal foods are your friend 

Eating, in Islam, is an expression of worship. It should, therefore, be done right. Besides one’s prayer being rejected, eating haram foods sets one on a path of self-destruction, health problems relating to the heart, and ultimately death. Recent scientific findings attribute most deaths above the age of 45 to Coronary Heart Disease. Arguably, the disease is mainly caused by the consumption of unhealthy, unclean, and toxic foods— the very aspects that are absent from halal foods. It is the number one killer disease that can be significantly reduced if the idea behind halal gains the necessary threshold of acceptance.

The consumption of alcohol, on the other hand, is singularly responsible for the majority of cardiovascular disease occurrences. Interestingly, the disease is responsible for 32% of all deaths. In other words, there is a strong correlation between the consumption of alcohol and cardiovascular disease in Australia. Alcohol affects the pulse rate, blood pressure, and sturdiness of heart muscles. This, therefore, significantly increases chances of high blood pressure and associated complications such as stroke, dilated cardiomyopathy, increased cholesterol levels, arrhythmia, and heart failure among others.

Conclusion

It is logical that one should therefore be naturally inclined to halal foods in order to stay healthier— even if it’s not for religious purposes. Consume halal foods such as chicken, duck, turkey, quail, cattle, goat, sheep, rabbit, and venison. This must be slaughtered according to Islamic provisions and certified as clean. Offal products, bones and hides are only acceptable for use if animals were slaughtered according Islamic regulations.

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