Sunday, December 30, 2007

Healthy, it's not.

Vos iz Neias (What's news?) reports:

New York - Kosher Food Label Fastest Grower in Consumer Market
New York - "Kosher" was the most frequently used claim on products launched in the US this year.

The "Kosher" label beat out "All Natural" and "No Additives or Preservatives," which were among the other most popular claims found on products in 2007, according to figures from Mintel's Global New Products Database, which monitors worldwide product innovation in consumer packaged goods markets.

This past year, 3,984 new kosher food products and 728 kosher beverages were launched.

The kosher marketplace has been growing 10-15 percent over the last 15-20 years, according to Rabbi Eliyahu Safran, senior rabbinic coordinator at the Orthodox Union.
The increase in the popularity of kosher products is not only because of a growing market focus on the needs of Jewish consumers. In a survey conducted by Mintel in 2005, 55% of respondents who bought kosher foods said they thought they held a higher mark of health and safety than non-kosher items. [J-Post]

posted by Shlomah Shamos @ 12/26/2007 01:04:00 PM


People are sadly mistaken when they think that Kosher products are, overall, more healthy. The only thing that "kosher" guarantees is that no pork or shellfish products or derivatives were used in the product, that all blood is drained from meats, and that no dairy ingredients are in meat products, and vice versa. Health is absolutely not a consideration of kosher certification at all, nor is humane treatment of animals.

Products that receive kosher certification, such as bleached white flour, bleached white rice, and refined white sugar have had every bit of healthy nutrition stripped out of them - and only a handful of vitamins are put back by the manufacturers (because they are required to by Federal Law - it has nothing to do with kashrut). All of the fibre, bran, micronutrients, probiotics, and enzymes needful for your health have been stripped away, yet these items, no more than glorified cardboard instead of food, are considered "kosher."

Also considered "kosher" are products that not only aren't healthful, but are in fact downright dangerous and cause metabolic dysfunctions in your body, such as hydrogenated vegetable oils, and high fructose corn syrup. There is "no safe level" of hydrogenated oils, according to the medical community, and yet they are "kosher." Ditto for corn syrup - one of the most unnatural "natural" products your body will ever choke to try and process.

Genetically modified foods - including foods that have had genes from swine and shellfish inserted into them - are considered "kosher." In fact, these are most certainly "mixed seeds" that we are prohibited from eating according to the Torah - they have been contaminated by genes from other species. They are no longer "natural" by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, since their DNA has been tampered with, they aren't even what you think they are. They're a fake substitute in the shape of whatever fruit, vegetable, or grain you intended to buy. And in the US, manufacturers don't even have to let you know that you're buying GMO products - the giant agribusiness Robber Barons have made sure of that.

Fruits, vegetables, and grains that have been sprayed with every sort of poisonous toxin are "kosher," and are fed not just to us, but to the cows and chickens and turkeys and goats and lambs that we eat - making sure every bite of the average person's diet is filled with chemicals that disrupt their endocrine system, filled with chemicals that act as artificial estrogens, and filled with chemicals that cause disease over the long term because they build up in our bodies, because our bodies have no idea how to process and get rid of these petrochemical horrors. But hey, it's "kosher" so it must be ok.

Milk that has been produced using rBGH and has dangerously elevated levels of Insulin factor, which has been linked to numerous modern health problems, is "kosher."

Animals that have been mistreated, never seen a ray of sunlight, and fed unnatural ground up parts of other animals are considered "kosher," even though the Torah tells us that we are never to eat a carnivore - yet even cows have been made into carnivores by modern factory farming methods. But the Rabbis don't care.

We need to educate ourselves about the food that we are eating. Just because the label says "kosher" is not a reason to buy a product. "Kosher" is meaningless in the face of modern corporate malfeasance and worse, Rabbinic inability or unwillingness to exercise due diligence about the products they "certify kosher."

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