The Halal Dietary System as a Recipe for Good Health
14 Pages Posted: 19 Jan 2013 Last revised: 18 Feb 2013
Date Written: February 5, 2013
The global interest in halal diet is growing faster than ever. With the steady growth in the world Muslim population coupled with mass production of halal foods, this trend is expected to continue ad-infinitum. Many sources have declared Islam to be the fastest growing religion in the world. In 2008, the National Geographic published a report quoting a Vatican source that Islam has overtaken Catholicism to become the largest religion. With Muslims now at about 17.4 percent of the world population, it is understandable why the global quest for halal products continue to increase.
Interestingly, it is noted recently that non- Muslim consumers have also started to show interest in halal products. Most of those consumers often mention health factors as the main reason behind their choice of halal foods. While most Muslims mainly choose the halal diet to comply with the dictates of their religion, they also consider the health factors as an associated benefit.
The aim of this paper is to evaluate the halal dietary system and see whether it has any positive or negative effects on the health of the consumers. Our approach in this regard will be multifaceted as we will not focus only on the socio-religious factors, but also on various aspects of the discourse.
Keywords: Halal, diet, Islam, Muslim, healthy food, halal market
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