KOSHER DIET

WHAT IS KOSHER?

Kosher food is food that is prepared and consumed according to Jewish dietary laws.

WHAT ARE JEWISH DIETARY LAWS?

Jewish dietary laws were developed according to biblical tradition. Those that follow Jewish dietary laws are keeping kosher. 

WHAT DO THE JEWISH DIETARY LAWS SAY?

Meat Products

  • Only animals that have split hooves and chew cud can be eaten.
  • The animals allowed for consumption must be slaughtered and processed according to Jewish law. For example, all blood must be drained or broiled out from the meat before it is eaten. 
  • Certain parts of the animals are not permitted for consumption. 

Dairy Products


  • Meat cannot be consumed with dairy foods.
  • Pareve (or often listed as parve) are Yiddish and Hebrew words used to describe foods that do not contain meat or dairy. 
    • Fish, egg, fruits and vegetables are pareve. 
    • These foods can be eaten with dairy or meat products. 

HOW CAN I TELL BY LOOKING AT THE PRODUCT?

The most commonly used and most recognizable kosher symbol is the letter U inside of the letter O. This is the Orthodox Union symbol. Other popular symbols that you may see on the package are Kof-K, OK, and Star-K.