There are those who lobby to declare meat unkosher if the animals were mistreated before slaughter such as by being kept crated or if the workers are not paid a living wage. Treating animals properly is an important Jewish value. Equitable pay for labor is an important Jewish value. The same is true when it comes to health. If a person gets up in the morning and starts his day with a kosher hot fudge sundae, followed by a loaf of kosher garlic bread, a pan of kosher lasagna, a kosher cheesecake, etc. This is not to justify such a lifestyle. Doing it to excess, however, is just wrong. The 14th-century Black Plague occurred long before germs were discovered, so hand-washing was not regularly practiced. Observant Jews wash their hands for religious reasons before eating, so they were largely unaffected by the plague. All in all, it was probably still the better scenario.
Call Today Eating kosher has many health benefits, which is good news for residents of a Jewish nursing home or Jewish geriatric care center. Kosher laws put limits on how much an individual should eat. Many Americans eat far too many calories, much of it laden with sugar, salt and fat — otherwise known as the Big 3. By cutting back on quantity, a person eats less of the Big 3, and reduces the number of calories consumed. Right away, this eliminates pizza, cheeseburgers, and lasagna. These gooey, fat-laden foods account for some of the high cholesterol that doctors continually warn their patients about. By dictating no meat with dairy, the laws automatically limit the amount of fast food that a follower can consume. This reduces the Big 3, plus excess calories. In addition, when meat and dairy are eaten together–as in a cheeseburger or lasagna–the body has a hard time breaking them down. They stay in your system longer, increasing cholesterol levels and other associated problems.
Kosher foods are those that conform to Jewish dietary laws as given in the Torah and expanded by the rabbis. People who keep kosher do not eat certain animal species including pigs, birds of prey, and crustaceans. They also do not eat the blood of any animals, nor do they consume animals that have not been slaughtered in an approved manner. And people who keep kosher also do not mix dairy and meat products in single meal, instead waiting a set amount of time between these two categories of food. In modern times, when many foods are processed in factories, some food manufacturers affix labels to their foods to indicate that they are kosher. Kosher certification confirms that a leg of chicken comes from an animal that has been slaughtered in a kosher manner, or that a can of soup has been prepared in a facility that ensured non-kosher ingredients did not come into contact with the contents of the can. The laws of keeping kosher are ancient, and many have sought an explanation for their origin — especially the Jewish taboo against eating pig — in the idea that this diet conveys health benefits. The idea is that pig meat was more likely to be diseased and avoiding it was a way to remain healthier. Today, while many Jews keep kosher for religious reasons, some people Jews and non-Jews prefer kosher food because they believe it to be healthier. For one, they know that processed kosher foods are more closely supervised than other foods.