Science Diet Essay – Islamic Dietary LawSusanIntroduction to the Islamic Dietary Law:As of 2015, there has been roughly 1.8 billion Muslim believers living in the world – amounts to 24% of the world population. The Muslims strictly follow the Islamic Dietary Law, eating only Halal (lawful) food and avert Haram (unlawful) food. According to the Islamic Dietary Law, Muslims are forbidden to consume food such as pork as well as pork by products, alcohol, carnivorous animals meat, etc. The method of slaughtering Halal animals for consumption is also different and unique to the Islamic culture. In this essay, we delve into the topic on this particular diet. First things first, what are the food restrictions of this particular diet? Essentially, anything containing or is a product of alcohol, carnivores, blood, amphibians, insects, pests, or pig(s) are strictly forbidden according to the Zabihah (Islamic law). Forbiddance of pig food products even extend to a forbiddance of any item with any remote relationship with pigs – no pig leather, etc.. There are some exceptions, however, donkeys, mules and elephants are the only vegetarian animal banned, liver and spleen though contain blood are permitted, locusts are the only insects allowed, and rabbits are the only rodent permitted. Vinegar is also allowed to be consumed though it is made out of alcohol, it’s said that Muslims make fantastic wine vinegars. Fruits, vegetables and grains are all permitted as long as they don’t contain any bugs, animal byproducts or prepared using forbidden ingredients. There are also some mashbooh (controversies) food, for example: Cheese, since the Zabihah status is not clear. Fish, shellfish and other seafoods are also mashbooh, whether a muslim eats them or not depends on the school. The strict method of slaughtering Halal animals for food is different in comparison to common slaughtering ways. Before the slaughter, it must be confirmed that the animal is vegetarian, and animal byproducts or hormones have been used on them. When animals are killed, they must be killed by a Muslim who will say a blessing to the animal in the name of Allah as they severe all blood vessels by cutting its neck with a sharp blade.swipe a sharp blade across the animal’s neck, cuttingsevering all blood vessels. The Muslim will drain blood from the animal, since consuming blood is considered haram(unlawful) anyways. It’s claimed that this is the humane way to slaughter animals for food – giving them a blessing and a swift and short painless death. But to add on, the animal must not have witnessed or seen any trace of blood from another slaughter before it’s own slaughter, and it must not see the very blade it would be slaughtered with before dying. Sawm (fasting) happening once a year is also part of the Islam diet. This tradition lasting for a month occurs on the ninth month (Ramadan) of the Islamic calendar. In Ramadan, Muslims are prohibited from consuming any food or drink for the day until after sunset prayers. Only after sunset prayers, can they indulge in food and drinks.Benefits: What’s better about Halal meat in comparison to normal meat we eat? Firstly, Halal meat is more slaughtered humanely and less cruel. This is because Halal animals aren’t shown the blade when slaughtered thus not releasing any fear hormones as they’re killed simply by a quick swipe of a sharp blade on its neck. When Halal animals are slaughtered, it’s ensured to be short, painless and without struggle from the animal. It’s also always done by hand. Also, since Halal animals aren’t shown the blade, they won’t release any fear hormones that are scientifically confirmed to increase the meat’s pH and decrease the quality and tenderness.The way they cut the flow of blood when slaughtering Halal animals reduces pain since blood going to the nerves in the brain is cut off. It’s also proven that when the animals are facing trauma, the glycerin in their muscles that stiffen them, resulting in tougher meat. Another reason, is that Halal meat is completely drained of blood. Blood usually carries the toxins in the body, thus when blood is drained from the Halal animal, the toxins are also drained. Draining blood is also vital for soft and tender meat, as the head of department of meat technology at the Central Food Technology Research Institute in Mysore claims, “In jhatka(meat from an animal killed instantaneously), chances of blood clotting are higher. This could spoil the meat if it’s kept uncooked for a few days. It could also make the meat drier and tougher to chew.” So when there is no blood remaining in the meat, the Halal meat will be more tender and soft, and will stay fresh longer than normal meat we eat.But not only is Halal meat tastier, fresher and more tender, plus less cruel for the animal, Halal meat also don’t contain hormones, steroids or any other chemicals given to animals for various reasons. This means we won’t unintentionally consume hormones for animals which can have a harmful effect on human growth. Thus, it is healthier and not interfered by chemicals added to the Halal animal.Nonetheless, Halal meat aren’t the only good aspect of the Islamic diet. Halal food in general is fresher and with a higher quality in contrast to normal everyday food we indulge in. Halal food isn’t just all about the Islamic religion and culture, but also quality, health, taste, etc.In contrast to Halal, the majority of today’s typical modern-day diet are processed and refined food. In the Islamic diet, it is important that food is not processed or refined. Why can processed food be bad and unhealthy anyways?For the sake of higher selling rate, processed food are made to be as rewarding to the brain as possible. Being so rewarding however leads to overconsumption by consumers, which leads to eating more than enough processed food. But not just that, there’s been studies showing that increased consumption of processed and refined food can lead to anxiety from the consumer. Processed food also often contain a lot of refined carbohydrates which is linked to chronic diseases and many other negative health effects, if too much is consumed. These refined carbohydrates can also lead to spikes in blood sugar and insulin levels. Not to mention, these spikes are also associated to having a negative effect on mood and increase stress, etc.. Processed food also tend to not contain as much nutrients as whole food, making them less nutritious. To add on, processed food are also high on trans fat and vegetable oils, which contain a lot of omega-6 fatty acids that can lead to oxidation and inflammation in the body.Halal food however, is not processed or refined in any sort of way. It’s mandatory that Halal food are pure, fresh and with great quality to ensure the health of the consumer.Limitations:As far as limitations go, there aren’t many since Haram food are mainly harmful to the consumer. Some limitations though may include nutrition found in pig, though they can be easily obtained from other nutrition sources.One World Project: The Islamic Dietary Law is a cultural religious diet that serves not only a cultural and religious purpose, but also a part of the Islamic way to be moral. An example is the Islamic method of slaughtering. It isn’t hard to understand how the Islamic method of slaughtering is humane in comparison to jhatka or other methods. The Islamic slaughtering method involves more care, consideration and respect to the animal being slaughtered. When slaughtered it’s mandatory to take into account that the animal is relaxed, not scared, and not even hungry. An important factor, is the fact that when the animal is slaughtered, it is quick and painless. This is because the quick swipe of blade to its neck disconnects the blood flow to it’s brain, which also disconnects the flow of blood to the nerve in the brain that responds to pain. Thus, a painless death for the animal. The animal must also be healthy and only slaughtered for food, not as a sport. When being slaughtered, the name of Allah is invoked to take Allah’s permission and to give compassion and mercy to the animal in this act. This is the culture’s way of meaning well to the animals we kill to eat. Another example of the dietary laws as a part of the Islamic way of being moral, is the prohibition to drink alcohol. This is because of the many past mistakes and things people have done as the result of drinking alcohol. Alcohol clouds the mind, causing people to do things against good judgement and logic, and potentially dangerous. “O you who believe! Approach not prayers with a mind befogged, until you can understand all that you say”-(An-Nisa’:43) This verse from the Qur’an points out that when people are drunk and intoxicated, they cannot speak clearly and coherently, and neither can they pray to Allah properly. Consuming even a small amount of alcohol can lead to larger doses. It is because of intoxication that many families have broken apart and many lives and careers have been ruined. With the forbiddance of alcohol, Muslims have done their best to steer clear of being intoxicated and have a befogged judgement. Another example of the morals of the Islamic diet, is the way they’re taught with food to not live to eat, but eat to live. Gluttony is a considerable sin in Islam, and indulging in too much food is frowned upon. Verses from the Qur’an tell them not to over consume food, and with this, Muslims are taught not to be greedy with food, and not just food. They are also taught to be grateful for the food they get. With verses of the Qur’an teaching them, they learn to be grateful for the animals and plants and everything around them for being there.Conclusion: The Islamic diet has little limitation to nutrition it is full of food with quality, taste and heath. It has strict and unique rules and laws, like their ritualistic way of slaughtering animals. But though they have strict rules, fresh and healthy food is delivered straight to the dinner tables. This unique and cultural diet doesn’t just deliver good taste and health, but also comes with morals and teachings that can be applied later in life. This unique and religious diet is not just for Muslims, anyone can eat Halal food, so if anything, be sure to try it!