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Kosher Versus Organic

By
Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS

Ask the Diva: Kosher Versus Organic?

Q: Could you discuss the difference between kosher and organic? Which is better for you?

A: Actually, the two have almost nothing to do with one another. Kosher refers to food that that conforms to Jewish dietary laws. Many kosher rules apply to meat. Meat and dairy products are never mixed or eaten together. Certain animals, such as pigs and some types of seafood, are never eaten under kosher law. Other animals, including chickens and cows, must be slaughtered and processed in a certain way in order to be considered kosher.

Organic meat comes from animals that are raised without artificial hormones or antibiotics and fed food that has been grown without chemical pesticides or fertilizers. A chicken can be kosher but not organic and vice versa.

About the Author

Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS

Monica Reinagel is a board-certified licensed nutritionist, author, and the creator of one of iTunes' most highly ranked health and fitness podcasts. Her advice is regularly featured on the TODAY show, Dr. Oz, NPR, and in the nation's leading newspapers, magazines, and websites. Do you have a nutrition question? Call the Nutrition Diva listener line at 443-961-6206. Your question could be featured on the show. 

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