Why Halal? Why Kosher?

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Islam has laws regarding which foods, which either by nature of the food or by means of preparation, cannot be eaten.

Judaism has very similar “laws” regarding food preparation and foods that are safe to consume.

So why do we care about Halal and Kosher?

Because of the guaranteed care taken to ensure the quality of the product and the cleanliness of the preparation areas for these designations means these labels add an extra level of protection in a world seemingly filled with food poisoning. In restaurants and other eating establishments I tend to feel if you care enough to serve halal or kosher the care behind the scenes will be as dedicated.

An example of food which would not be legal because of how it was prepared would be foods which contain

  1. hydrolyzed animal protein
  2. Lactylated fatty acid esters
  3. Magnesium stearate
  4. Mono & Di-glycerides
  5. … the list goes on.

In September, 2000, a McDonalds restaurant in Dearborn Michigan “began offering a halal version of its chicken nuggets.”

The reason is obvious: not everyone pursuing a halal diet wanted to be restricted to salads when visiting the restaurant.

Well then … wouldn’t every restaurant seek halal certification?

Sadly, not every food provider can attain this level.

The process, should a food manufacturer wish to to attain halal or kosher certification(s), is not something to be taken lightly.

Documentations have to be submitted such as specification sheets, labels, flow charts, cleaning procedures, etc; a company must “arrange for an audit/inspection of the facility in order that IFANCA may review the process, products, materials and sanitation of the production process;” and even after approval, the certification might only apply to one calendar year or in some cases only to one particular batch.

MatchaGT and the majority of the Smoothie Essentials has met the criteria for halal, kosher and vegetarian certifications.

We are proud of that accomplishment.

We add no artificial colors to our products.

We add no artificial flavorings.

Matcha GT: the highest and purest Natural source of green tea’s energy and antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and fibers.

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About Smoothie Essentials - ShelleRae

Welcome! I am ShelleRae and I am very excited you are here. I joined the Smoothie Essentials team about 5 years ago now. Always health conscious and into prevention versus medication it seemed natural when the opportunity came up to take on the creation of this blog and the MatchaGT blog as well. As mother to three and surrogate to many more I've practiced much of what I write on sometimes with great success and other times with a bit less. My friends and family are my test kitchen and my facts are most often from WebMD - they seem to have a fairly accurate and conservative approach. The Smoothie Essentials product is a line of boosts that add functionality to one's daily foods without adding flavor or colors. (except for MatchaGT and green blend) making it easy to "hide" them from the finicky eaters we all know and love. From stirring them into yogurts, smoothies, frappes and even juice drinks it all come out with the original flavor being center star.. My inspiration comes from others who also are striving to live a better life through lifestyle changes. More information is available at www.SmoothieEssentials.com or by emailing shelley@juicesolutions.com

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