Muslims around the world practice the religion of Islam. The practice of Islam includes observing dietary laws which come from Islamic teachings. Islamic dietary laws define foods that are Halal, meaning lawful or permitted. Muslims avoid food and beverages that are Haram, meaning not permitted.
Many foods are clearly Halal or clearly Haram. However, certain foods are difficult to classify because of the ingredients they contain. Check for Halal certification or read food labels. Check carefully each time you buy food products, as manufacturers may change ingredients without notice.
For meat and poultry to be Halal, it must be slaughtered according to Islamic dietary laws (Zabihah).
Halal Foods (Permitted Foods)
- Any grain product, such as bread, breakfast cereal or baked goods prepared without Haram ingredients
- All vegetables and fruit: raw, dried, frozen or canned.
- All vegetables and fruit cooked or served with water, butter, or vegetable oils
- Yogourt, cheese and ice cream made with bacterial culture or microbial enzymes, e.g. microbial rennet
- Meat and poultry slaughtered according to Islamic dietary law (“Zabihah).
- Nuts, seeds
- Peanut Butter
- Halal deli meats
- Dried beans, peas and lentils
- Beverages: carbonated drinks, fruit juice, punch, cocktails, tea and coffee
- Fats and oils: butter, margarine, mayonnaise, vegetable oils and some salad dressings
- Miscellaneous: chutneys, coconut milk, jam, pickles, spices
- Desserts made with agar and/or carrageenan base only
- Sweeteners: honey, sugar, syrup, chocolate liquor (roasted ground cocoa bean syrup)
- Main dish entrées: any Zabihah meat or alternative dish, pizza, pasta or rice prepared without Haram foods and ingredients
- Soups/sauces: any made without Haram foods and ingredients
- Desserts and sweets: any made without alcohol, or without pure or artificial vanilla extract
Haram Foods (Not Permitted)
Just don’t eat these things: