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Halal Digest Header November 2006
ISSN 1533-3361
Alhamdulillah was-salatu was-salaamu 'ala rasoolillah. All thanks and praise is to ALLAH, Subhanahu wa ta'ala, and we ask that HIS blessings and peace be upon HIS Messenger, Muhammad, salla ALLAHu alaihi wa sallam. end of article
Sabeel Food Pantry Partners with AMAL for Thanksgiving Turkey Drive
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® Products Are Now Halal Certified
The Food Dude Healthy Eating Program
Dolly-The Ewe Would Be Proud
New IFANCA Halal Certified Companies

Whey Protein For Weight Control

Muslims need to watch what they order when they eat out On the joyous occasion of Eid, we are pleased to announce the beginning of the Sixth Annual Chicago Muslim Turkey Drive!

As many of you know, for the past five years the Chicago Muslim community has mobilized to provide Thanksgiving dinner to those of our neighbors who would not have the opportunity otherwise. By God’s grace, last year area residents donated 231 turkeys to needy families, and this year, God Willing, we aim to provide even more! Once again, the beneficiaries of our community's generosity will be needy families of the children at Emmett Till Academy (formerly Mc Cosh Elementary School) at 65th and Champlain in Chicago.

This year, the drive will be under the auspices of the Sabeel Food Pantry, a community based project of the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA). Sabeel Food Pantry has provided food for anyone in need for years on Chicago's North Side, and with the help of AMAL volunteers to coordinate and distribute the turkeys, will extend their services this Thanksgiving. IFANCA/Sabeel is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization in the state of Illinois; this means that for the first time, your contributions will be tax deductible, and all who donate to Sabeel will receive a receipt for tax purposes. (For more info, check Sabeel's website at

We are now accepting donations for the drive. Please send your tax-deductible check written out to "Sabeel Food Pantry" with "Turkey Drive" written in the memo section to:

Dr. Jihad Shoshara
(Board Member AMAL)
18 N. Edgewood Drive
La Grange, IL 60525

The Turkey Drive has become a symbol of the true nature of our faith at a time when it is sorely needed. Please help us to continue it and make it grow! end of article

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By Suzann Audi

News Story - Tocotrienol producer Carotech, has received Halal certification July 2006, IFANCA certified select coffee and tea varieties available from The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, the oldest and largest privately held chain of specialty coffee and tea stores in the United States. With a reputation for excellence, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf serves more than 100 million coffee and tea beverages annually worldwide.

Providing the highest quality coffees and teas for forty years, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf currently has more than 315 stores in California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii, Singapore, Malaysia, Korea, Brunei, Indonesia, UAE, Israel, Australia, China, Kuwait, Egypt, Qatar, and the Philippines and continues to expand both domestically and internationally. Some locations also offer drive-thru service.

News Story - Tocotrienol producer Carotech, has received Halal certification The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf recently partnered with Ralphs Grocery Company, CA and introduced on-site cafés. These in-store locations will provide a greater level of service for customers wanting to enjoy fresh products from The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.

IFANCA currently certifies more than 30 coffee and tea varieties, with the list growing each month. The coffee and tea used in-store in a wide variety of beverages is IFANCA certified, as well as an assortment of delicious coffees, tea bags, and loose leaf teas you can brew and enjoy at home.

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Dairy Ingredients in the Islamic Diet Home to institutions such as Cambridge and Oxford University, the Monarchy and Harry Potter, Britain is now also the residence of the most obese Europeans. Richard Watts of the Children's Food Campaign said: "Health experts have been saying for years that we face an obesity timebomb. This timebomb now seems to be exploding. These shocking figures are yet more evidence we need to take urgent steps to improve our diet and health."

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The Food Dudes are four young superheroes - Charlie, Tom, Raz, and Rocco end of article

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Dairy Ingredients in the Islamic Diet 1996 marked the birth of Dolly, the world's first sheep cloned from an udder cell. Now what would that make her and the ewe she was cloned from? Twin sisters? Mother and daughter? Apparently that isn’t a concern for most. What certainly has many losing sleep is the fact that the FDA, come December, could allow the sale of meat and milk from these mammalian clones.

"Our evaluation is that the food from cloned animals is as safe as the food we eat every day," said Stephen Sundlof, director of the FDA's veterinary medicine center, responsible for risk assessment of this project, according to the Chicago Tribune.

But advocacy groups think otherwise. They have "filed a petition asking the FDA to regulate cloned farm animals one type at a time, a change that would slow approval." Further, according to them, the new technology hasn’t eliminated risks to pregnant animals and their offspring.

When it comes to questions of Genetic Engineering, Europe seems to have a more conservative approach than the U.S. Perhaps they read the fine print better. Until, then in the US, let’s hope milk and meat at least come packaged with indication that what you’re about to eat is "Dolly-Part 2."

According to a Washington Post report, on Thursday, October 19, 2006, "Muslim scholars were concerned at first that cloning was an usurpation of ALLAH's unique right to engage in creation. But discussions have since led to an acceptance of cloning and other animal alterations, on the rationale that the human talents under girding the work are the gifts of ALLAH," said Harold Coward, director of the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society at the University of Victoria, B.C.

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Companies and LocationDescription of Halal Certified Products
Advanced Nutritional, USA Dietary Supplements
Advanced Protein Systems, USA Colostrum Products
Archon Vitamin Corporation, USA Dietary Supplements
American Health Products, Inc, USA Dietary Supplements
Anderol, Netherlands Food Grade Lubricants
Big Train, USA Coffee, Creamer, Mocha
Biocatalysts , UK Enzyme – Food Processing Chemical
Brown & Haley, USA Chocolates
Canbra Foods, Canada Salad Oil
Cargill Deutschland GmbH, Germany Plant Products
The Carriage House Companies, Inc., USA Peanut Butter
Chevron Global Lubricants, USA Lubricants
Davisco Foods International, USA Cheese and Dry Dairy Products
D. D. Williamson Colors, LLC, USA Natural Food Colorings
Dhanvantri, India Plant Extracts
EMD Chemicals Inc., USA Candurin pigments
Eurial Poitouraine, France Dairy Ingredients
Firmenich Bjorge Biomarin AS, Norway Food Flavorings and Ingredients
Fuchs Lubricants Co., USA Food Grade Lubricants
Gemini Pharmaceuticals, USA Dietary Supplements
General Mills, USA Nature Valley Crunchy Granola Bars
GMP Laboratories of America, Inc., USA Dietary Supplements for Joints
Green Chem, India Slimaluma Brand Herbal Extracts
Hint Mint, USA Mints
Hiseta Trading Co., PTE., Ltd., USA Aloe Vera Juice
Hubei Huanggang Yongan Pharmaceutical Co., China Taurine
Immuno-Dynamic, USA Colostrum Products
International Coffeebean and Tea Leaf, USA Tea and Coffee
Juvio Corp., USA Dietary Supplements
Kay Chemical Company, USA Bun Toaster Release Agent
Kemin, USA Lutein
Kenwa Trading Corp., Japan Health Food
Krispy Kreme, USA Doughnut Products
La Belle, Inc., USA Spray Dried Colostrum Powder
Lifestyles Global Network/Neo-Nutritionals, Canada Meal Replacements and Nutritional Supplements
Major Intl. Ltd., UK Stock Bases
Marquez Brothers, USA Cheeses
Michelle Lazar International, Inc., USA Vitamins and Food Supplements
Misr Company for Aromatic Products, Egypt Flavors
Mizkan Americas, Inc., USA Vinegar
Naturex, France Plant Extracts
Nellson Nutraceutical, USA Dietary Supplements
Nutricepts, Inc., USA Sodium Gluconate
Nutricorp International, Canada Topical Oil in Capsules
Osklaoosa Foods, USA Egg Products
OU Estmilk, Estonia Infant Milk Formula
Pakistan Gum Industries, Pakistan Guar Gum
Power Commisary Inc., USA Pizza and Spaghetti Sauce
PureMalt, Scotland PureMalt and BrandMakers Ranges
Reiber & Sons ASA, Norway Food Flavorings
Ricos Products Company, USA Sauces, Dips, and Chips
Roquette, China Corn Starch Products
Senomyx, Inc, USA Artificial Flavors
Shanghai Bairun Ford Flavor and Fragrance Co., Ltd. , China Food Flavorings
Shanghai N.B.C Import & Export Co., Ltd, China Activated Carbon
Tom's of Maine, USA Personal Care Products
Tricon International, USA Herbal Dietary Supplement
Trigger Scent, USA Dietary Supplements
Vitae Caps, S.A., Spain Sunflower and Soybean Based Oils
Vital Impact, China Dietary Supplements
Xi'an Sanjiang Bio-Engineering Co. Ltd., China Plant Extracts
Zhejiang Hangzhou Xinfu Pharm, China Dietary Supplements
Zhejiang Medicine Co. Ltd., China Vitamins
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By Zeeshan Sadek, M.B.B.S.

Nuts are a healthy food item Whey protein is a mixture of some of the proteins naturally found in milk. It has one of the highest levels of protein digestibility, and is more rapidly digested than other proteins, such as casein. The major proteins found in it include lactoglobulin and alpha-lactalbumin. Whey protein is separated from milk during the process of making milk into cheese. It's found in many foods, such as ice cream, bread, canned soup, infant formulas and many other food products. However, before you consume any, make sure it's Halal certifed. Whey is Haram if prepared with non-microbial enzymes.

Benefits of Whey Proteins

  • It provides the body with amino acids.
  • It is a common ingredient in many meal replacements, which are designed to provide a large amount of nutrients with a minimal amount of calories.
  • It is also necessary to rebuild tissue, which is especially important for bodybuilders. Whey protein increases lean body mass resulting from exercise. For athletes, a commonly used amount is 25 grams of whey protein per day, and should not exceed 1.2 grams per 2.2 pounds body weight.
Cons of Whey Proteins
  • According to a study, people who consume whey proteins had more hunger satisfaction and reduced the amount of food intake considerably, as compared with people taking casein protein.
  • People who are allergic to dairy products could react to whey proteins, and therefore should avoid it.
  • Long term excessive intake may be associated with deteriorating kidney function, and possibly osteoporosis. However, neither kidney nor bone problems have been associated with whey protein consumption.
IFANCA Halal Certified Products Containing Whey Protein: Retail

Company: Herbalife International of Luxembourg, S.aR.L
ShapeWorksTM Formula 3 Blended Soy and Whey Protein Powder, 8.4 oz (240 g)
ShapeWorksTM Soy and Whey Protein Bar Lemon Flavor, 14 Bars – 1.47 oz each

IFANCA Halal Certified Whey Protein Suppliers: Non-Retail

Dairyman's Inc./ Land O' Lakes Western Div.

Davisco Foods International, Inc.

Foremost Farms USA

Glanbia Ingredients Inc.

Grande Cheese Company

Hilmar Ingredients

Protient Ingredient Technologies

Trega Foods, Inc.
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