The term 'Halal' is Arabic meaning 'permissible' and there are certain foods which are not allowed under Islamic law, therefore Muslims follow a Halal diet. Foods and substances which are considered forbidden or 'haraam' include
- Pork or any pig-based products including gelatine (look on ingredient lists)
- Animals slaughtered in the name of anyone but God
- All carnivorous animals, with the exception of most fish and sea animals
- All intoxicants including alcohol
- Frogs and other amphibians
Most Muslims consider all fish to be Halal, though a few avoid shellfish (shrimp, lobster, crab, clams, etc.). Thankfully, in modern Western society, many manufactured foods are labelled suitable for Halal.
Muslims may also want to look at our Meal Plan for Ramadan
The following example Halal meal plan has been designed to be nutritionally balanced to suit a Muslim adult who follows a relatively sedentary job lifestyle, for weight maintenance. This plan is merely an example and needs to be adapted to suit an individual's own lifestyle, daily routine and nutritional requirements. Use this to give you an idea of what are healthy nutritious foods to include, but don't forget to vary food choices and to drink plenty of water through the day.
* Chicken and meat may be tandoori cooked; this is a nutritionally healthy method of cooking
** Try not to overcook vegetables as there will be loss of some micronutrients instead boil lightly, steam, microwave or wok fry them.
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