5 Key Health Benefits of Eating Halal Meat
1. No growth hormones
Quality 100% halal meat shares its health benefits with those of organic meat. Halal is bound up with tayyib, a concept Islam takes very seriously. Tayyib, meaning ‘wholesome’, ensures animals are treated with maximum welfare. This means they should be free to graze and not be treated with antibiotics or hormones. Long-term exposure to growth hormones in our food can mean these substances accumulate in our bodies, with potential hormone-mimicking effects. While studies continue to research the full extent of the effects of these drugs on humans, it’s wise to steer clear of unnecessary chemicals.
2. No antibiotics
Antibiotics are commonly-used in meat production. There is a health risk attached to these too. BBC News has reported on the advice that farmers need to dramatically cut the amount of antibiotics used in agriculture for this reason. The main worry is that these antibiotics could lead to resistance of the drugs in humans (as well as antifungal and antiparasitic drugs), potentially leading to new ‘superbugs.’ Putting food into our systems that’s used to fatten meat animals is also thought to also pose a weight-gain risk to humans.
3. No preservatives
Some of the most notorious preservatives can trigger chemical changes that can bring about cancer-causing compounds and inhibit red blood cells from transporting oxygen throughout the body. Haloodies also doesn’t include any nasty (but sadly common) preservatives (E249/E250/E251/E252) in any of its fresh meat, unlike some of its competitors.
4. No pesticides
There are fewer synthetic pesticides involved in halal meat production. This ensures improved animal health and minimal environmental impact. Like antibiotics, pesticides used to produce chicken feed, for example, have been shown to transfer to the bird’s tissue and eggs, which is transferred in turn to us when eaten. In fattier meats any pesticides, hormones and other toxins concentrate more in the tissue (and can more easily lodge themselves in our fat tissues), so if you don’t normally eat halal, this is a particularly wise choice when opting for fattier cuts.
5. Grass-fed animals
In line with its free-range philosophy, halal meat focuses on grass-feeding. Grass-fed meat typically has higher concentrations of antioxidants, vitamins, conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) and omega-3 fats, and lower concentrations of saturated fat overall. Omega-3 levels in grass-fed beef are approximately 50 percent higher than in non-halal, non-organic beef.
The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) also teaches of the unclean qualities of blood, which it is written, promote germs and disease in food. Halal methods involve draining all of the blood from the animal after slaughter, thus preventing foodborne illness.
Remember that the quality of halal meat comes from its suppliers. To be sure you can trust what you’re eating, check for Halal Certification. This guarantees halal foods are suitable for consumption in accordance with traditional Islamic law. Products that are certified are usually marked with the familiar Arabic حلال or the letter M.