I was researching an unknown food ingredient to see if it had pork
in it and found out some disturbing information. I have tried
to eat only biblically clean food, but found out that pork is often
made into common ingredients that don't sound like they contain
animal products at all. This was very depressing and I started
to wonder how it would be possible to eat clean food when these
ingredients are so common.
I started to look through my pantry
trying to weed out foods that might be unclean. I looked at a box
of instant mashed potatoes and found one of these mysterious
ingredients that could be pork derived. I thought I would use
the Internet to research this brand and see what information I could
find. I noticed a symbol on the front of the box, it was not a k
sign for kosher. I didn't know what it meant when I looked it up.
I found the phrase Orthodox Union. That sounded Jewish so I looked
further, and found that it was a kosher symbol!
That meant that a
rabbi had overseen the production of this product and researched the
ingredients to make sure they are clean. I found a website http://www.kosherquest.org/symbols.php that
listed reliable kosher symbols.
Much to my surprise many of the
foods in my refrigerator and pantry are kosher. When I go to the
store now I look for these symbols and am so thankful that I can
trust those foods. They are fairly common. Many of the "Great
Value" brand products at Walmart are kosher, also Hershey's
chocolate bars, and literally hundreds if not thousands of other
products. The symbols are often found on different areas of the
label. Sometimes on the front, sometimes near the ingredients, and
sometimes other places. There are still those ingredients out
there, but they are easier to avoid with this information.
Here is a
list of ingredients that can contain pork:
Mono and Diglycerides
Enzymes found in cheese
The most difficult things to find that are clean are cheese, meat
products, and medicines but with research it is possible to find
out. There are many websites that can help. I often search to see
if something is vegetarian. Also Walmart.com has a feature that
allows you to ask questions about any of their products. Also some
churches post lists of clean and unclean foods.
Cheese is difficult because it is rarely certified kosher for
technical reasons. Some cheeses that don't use porcine enzymes are
Sargento Cheeses, Stella Mozzarella sold by the name Bakers and
Chefs at SAMs Club, Cabot Cheese, here is a site that lists
Here is a quote from Kraft's Website concerning Kraft Singles and
Kraft Macaroni and Cheese only
"The process of converting milk into cheese is dependent on
coagulating through the use of an enzyme. The enzymes in this
product are sourced from both microbial fermentations and animal
sources. The animal sources are cow, sheep, and goat."
Many brand websites also have information about ingredients and
places to ask questions.
Many over the counter medicines, vitamins, and supplements can be
purchased at http://www.koshervitamins.com
Quoted from Colgate Toothpaste Website: "All Colgate Toothpastes and
Toothbrushes that are marketed in the U.S., with the exception of
Colgate Wisp and Colgate Max Fresh with Mouthwash Beads, are free of
any animal-derived ingredients. All glycerin used in our
Toothpastes comes from only synthetic or vegetable sources"