Traditionally, Muslims only eat meat that has been slaughtered and prepared according to the rules of Halal.

Some people claim that leads to meat that is healthier to eat.

  • Halal for Health

    Halal meat tastes better, is more tender, is healthier and stays fresh longer because the absence of blood makes it resistant to bacteria.

  • Times of India

    Dr Modi has support from Dr Karuna Chaturvedi, consultant nutritionist at Apollo Hospitals in New Delhi. "Halal is considered healthier because after slaughter, blood is drained from the animal's arteries, ejecting most toxins because the heart continues to pump for a few seconds after slaughter. In jhatka [i.e. the Sikh tradition], not all the blood is drained, leaving the meat tougher and drier."

Is there any scientific evidence of a nutritional or health benefit for Halal meat?

  • Related question: skeptics.stackexchange.com/questions/2330/…
    – ESultanik
    Dec 9 '13 at 19:00
  • Please give examples of people making scientific claims of benefit (I.e. measurable in the natural world, as opposed to religious/supernatural)
    – Oddthinking
    Dec 9 '13 at 23:02
  • Would vote to close, no reputable claim here, only conjecture. Never heard a Muslim claim there's a scientific basis for their slaughter practices, in fact the entire process is a religious ceremony, to the point a priest must be on site or it's not considered to have been correctly performed.
    – jwenting
    Dec 10 '13 at 6:17
  • The links posted in other comments show the claims and argue 'science'. The problem is those are all focused on the quality of meat or suffering of animal. What I am asking is "is there a scientific evidence on NUTRITIONAL difference". Does one have more or less proteins or fiber or X than the other? Dec 10 '13 at 7:39
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    That is okay. I will try to find a claim and the post another question. Dec 11 '13 at 6:10

There is a common misconception that Halal meat is "healthier" than non-Halal meat, because it is often confused with it's parent, Kosher. The practice of Halal, like a large number of Islamic practices, was born from Judaism, specifically Kosher. However, many of the restrictions of Kosher were not included in Halal, including the restrictions that add health value.

For example:

  • To be Kosher, after slaughter the animal's lungs must be checked for any holes or serious imperfections. Halal does not require this.
  • To be Kosher, the animal's intestines (again, after slaughter) must be inspected for any blockages, holes or illnesses. Halal does not require this.
  • To be Kosher, the animal must have been in good health and comfort externally before being slaughtered. Halal does not necessarily require this (there are opinions that do).
  • Kosher meats do not included certain parts of the animal, like some fats and organs. Many people prefer Kosher meat for this reason.

Adherents to Halal are permitted, by all opinions, to eat Kosher, however adherents to Kosher are not permitted to eat Halal. In other words, Halal is a subset of Kosher.

More about Kosher More about Halal

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    Welcome to Skeptics! Please provide some references to support your claims, especially sensitive and contentious claims.
    – Oddthinking
    Dec 15 '13 at 12:41
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    Wikipedia directly contradicts your last sentence: For most Muslim sects, Kosher is subset of Halal. You have failed to show that Halal is confused with Kosher. You have failed to show Halal is derived from Kosher. You have failed to show Kosher is healthier.
    – Oddthinking
    Dec 15 '13 at 12:43
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    Thank you for your lesson about subsets. By your argument "Vegetables are a subset of Food. All vegetables are food. If I am a vegetarian, I could eat all food, because all food includes everything I need - plus more." Obviously, that is not true. I suspect the confusion is here: All kosher FOODS are also halal, so kosher FOODS are a subset of halal FOODS. All halal RULES are also kosher RULES, so halal RULES are a subset of kosher RULES. This should be clarified in the text. [Note: This argument accepts your premise, which hasn't yet been referenced, that kosher is the parent of halal.]
    – Oddthinking
    Dec 15 '13 at 13:30
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    One correction: not all Kosher meat is halal. In fact none of it is as no Muslim priest is present when slaughtering according to Kosher standards but a Jewish Rabbi, and in Halal slaughter the presence of anyone who's not a Muslim is prohibited.
    – jwenting
    Dec 17 '13 at 7:00
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    @Oddthinking - Wikipedia is confusing directions due to lack of qualifier. Kosher food is a proper subset of Halal food. Kosher rules are a superset of Halal rules. No contradiction between this answer and Wiki.
    – user5341
    Dec 30 '13 at 2:34

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