6 Reasons Why Halal Meat Is Healthier


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A lot of Muslims and non-Muslims around the world follow a halal diet. This is because halal slaughtering of animals is considered humane and ethical.

we’ll look into why halal meat is seen as a healthier alternative to conventional meat. 

Here’s why halal meat is considered healthier than conventional meat:

1. Slaughter of Sick Animals is Not Considered Halal
2. Halal Meat Is Free of Harmful Hormones
3. Halal Meat Ensures There is No Uric Acid In It
4. Halal Meat Can Last Longer
5. Halal Meat Is More Hygienic
6. Halal Meat Ensures Muslims Are Not Consuming “Pouring Blood”

8 reasons why halal meat is healthier:

1. Slaughter of Sick Animals is Not Considered Halal

According to Islamic law, sick animals do not qualify to be consumed by Muslims. The animal must be healthy and free of any disease. Here’s a Hadith by Abu Dawūd

There are four animals not allowed for sacrifice (on ‘Eid): The one-eyed animal which has obviously lost the sight of one eye, a sick animal which is obviously sick, a lame animal which obviously limps and an animal with a broken leg with no marrow.

Abu Dawūd, no. 2796, graded saheeh by Al-Albāni (source)

2. Halal Meat Is Free of Harmful Hormones

Halal slaughter is very ethical, no animal is slaughtered while in the sight of other animals. And the slaughter must be fast.

This prevents the release of fear toxins and hormones that transmit from the animal to the person consuming the meat. The prevention of transmission of these fear toxins through the meat is believed to make halal meat a healthier option than conventionally slaughtered meat.

3. Halal Meat Ensures There is No Uric Acid In It

The process of draining the blood from the carcass is very important. While draining the blood from the animal, It carries out uric acid outside the meat and keeps it away.

This protects you from consuming meat that contains uric acid that may cause kidney, skin, and blood diseases. (source).

4. Halal Meat Can Last Longer

The Islamic slaughter process drains all the blood from the corpse is the best way to clarify the meat. So it tastes better as the blood in meat can negatively impact taste and smell.

That is why it is sometimes more tender and tastes better. It also stays fresh longer due to the absence of blood, which decreases the chance of bacteria growth. (source)

5. Halal Meat Is More Hygienic

The Islamic slaughter drains most of the animal’s blood. And as we know, blood carries all the bacteria and any harmful toxins in the body of the animal. Sometimes, these toxins are not released when boiling or cooking the meat.

So it’s really important to get rid of all the blood before you eat the meat. (Source)

6. Halal Meat Ensures Muslims Are Not Consuming “Pouring Blood”

The Islamic method keeps the muscles of the animal working for a longer time, pushing all the blood out. this way we are sure that all parts of the animal are clear and safe to consume.

Muslims are forbidden from consuming the blood of an animal, for good reason. Medical tests that study microscopic creatures have been conducted and show that the consuming the blood of an animal be harmful because it provides the optimal environment for the growth of germs (source)

Shaykh Muhammad Saalih al-Mujeed states that because of this, drinking an animals blood is equivalent to drinking a farm for growing germs. Furthermore, these germs can multiply and grow to a point where it becomes poisonous (source).

Can Muslims Eat Meat From An Animal Slaughtered By Jews or Christians?

Yes, It is considered halal to do so.

It is allowed to eat the meat of animals slaughtered by a Christian or a Jew. There is a verse in the Quran to prove that.

The food of the People of the Book is lawful unto you and yours is lawful unto them

Quran 5: 5 (source)

The Egyptian Dar El EFTA confirms this opinion (source & source)

All animals slaughtered in accordance to islamic law is permissible for muslims to consume except for those mentioned in the Quran.

 He has only forbidden you dead meat, and blood, and the flesh of swine, and any (food) over which the name of other than Allah has been invoked. But if one is forced by necessity, without wilful disobedience, nor transgressing due limits,- then Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful

Quran – Surah Al Nahl 115 (source)

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