underlying philosophy to eating Kosher is not health-related as many
suspect, rather it is a proclamation of traditional Judaisms view on
how a Jew should live his or her life. The distinction between man and
beast is the latters ability to restrain urges and master instincts. By
observing kosher laws the observant Jew is compelled to control eating
and food consumption, an activity which is most instinctive, at times
compulsive, and often done with not much consideration.
Jews, however, comprise but a small fraction of the kosher consumer
market in North America. The kosher industry in the United States is
enormous and rapidly growing. Currently, upward of 10 million people in
the American market acquire approximately sixty thousand kosher
products, produced by nearly ten thousand companies. Only two million of
the kosher consumers are Jewish. The other eight-plus million are people
who choose to eat kosher for religious (Moslems), idealistic (Vegans and
Vegetarians), and health reasons.
So what is kosher? Read about the rules and regulations of kashrut, and
dispel the many myths and misconceptions. Choose any of the categories
and off you go on a discovery journey. Enjoy!