Why do people eat kosher even though they are not Jewish?

Kosher foods, although based on one of the oldest food laws in the world, are among the current fastest growing trends in food processing.

In the United States, home to 40 percent of the world’s Jewish population or about 6.15 million consumers, kosher food has always been a major marketing sector, but it is not the Jews who feed this explosive growth of kosher foods.

This market includes vegetarians, vegans, gluten-free shoppers, and health fans.

If you are lactose intolerant, have dairy allergies, or are on a vegetarian or vegan diet, you can be sure that if a product is labeled “pareve” or “parve,” it contains no meat, milk, or dairy products, or comes in contact with such products. There is no chance of an error.

Kosher foods will not contain some dyes such as carmine, which are derived from insects, although these additives may be considered “natural” in other products.

Mintel, a leading market research company, includes 62 percent of the kosher purchase for its quality, not for religious reasons. In other words, three out of five kosher food buyers are not motivated by religious influences.

The southern United States, particularly in Florida, has two huge supermarket networks, such as Publix, with 1086 stores and 140,000 employees, and the slightly smaller Winn-Dixie with “only” 485 stores. It would not be possible, for absolute lack of space, to mention the immense amount of branded kosher products displayed on their gondolas.

Kashrut has been continually renewing itself and already has several sub-divisions, such as the Natural-Kosher, Light-Kosher and Vegetarian-Kosher lines. In January of this year the Eco-Kosher was launched in the United States, whose symbol, by a rather pretty sign, received the suggestive name of Magen Tzedek or “Seal of Justice.”

Eco-Kosher, as its name suggests, seeks to avoid any suffering in animals that need to be sacrificed for food to be produced, while at the same time preserving both the health of consumers and the health of the planet itself.

The kashrut processes does not only involve strict quality and hygiene controls. Following standards of Jewish ethics, he also does not neglect the rights and benefits of workers involved in the whole process of food production.  Producers, consumers are taken seriously, with transparency and rigorous moral principles.

The earth, the great mammoth idis of all of us, is also part of the whole process is recognized. You have your well-deserved rest and care.

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A growing number of religious women and men who believe that staying fit is vital to both their physical and spiritual health, and who make a conscious effort to exercise and eat right.

While there are no statistics on how many Orthodox Israelis exercise on a regular basis, the numbers are clearly growing. During the past two decades, between 2,000 and 2,500 religious Jews have become sports or dance instructors and hydro-therapists through severl recognized programs.

The Kosher Gym, a large facility in Jerusalem, is the address for haredi men — and others — who want to hit the treadmill, the weight room, or do martial arts in a men-only environment. The gym is unique in that it offers a TV- and video-free environment, a strictly kosher cafeteria, and afternoon and evening prayers. The treadmills feature special holders that many clients use to study Jewish texts.