Need We Worry
About Sugary Beverages
depends on your health, age and metabolism. Beverages contain a variety of
ingredients such as a blend of flavors, sweeteners, acidifiers,
emulsifiers, colors, nutraceuticals, botanicals, extracts and
preservatives. Beverage formulation is a fairly complex process that
requires a team of highly skilled food scientists and ingredient
specialists. Cultural and religious traditions vary in consuming beverages
that contain alcohol.
What do all
these ingredients, particularly sweeteners, do to your body has been a
question of concern, among consumers. According to the U.S. Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 50% of Americans drink a soda or
sugary beverage each day. According to the American Heart Association,
these levels far exceed the recommendation. Sugary drinks are the single
largest source of calories in the American diet. Beverages with added sugar
contain "empty calories", meaning that it contributes calories to
our diets but not nutrition.
studies have linked sugary beverages, candy and simple carbohydrates to
today's obesity epidemic. According to the World Health Organization (WHO),
more than 1 billion adults throughout the world are overweight. They are at
high risk for cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes, tooth decay
and other serious health issues. When used in moderation sugar provides
tasty foods and fulfills energy needs. Consult a registered dietitian or a
nutritionist to create a balanced diet that meets your needs.
Halal Meat To Increase In Canada
demand for halal meats and products is increasing in Canada as a result of
both increases in the country's Muslim population as well as a growing
awareness about its high quality in the general populace. Seeing
opportunity many mainstream companies are contemplating how to accommodate
the Muslim consumers.
such company is the restaurant chain Rôtisseries St-Hubert Ltd. A Quebec
icon, it is largest homegrown chain in the province. It is famous for its
affordable traditional roasted chicken and ribs. A chicken dinner for four
people with fries, beverages, buns and barbecue sauce costs $27.95. A
Caesar salad with chicken and mandarins is $9.75. According to media
reports, its owners and management are weighing whether to add halal
options to the menu.
has an estimated $420 million in restaurant sales a year, serving 35
million meals and generating about $280 million a year from sales of
hundreds of different retail products. The chain is also planning to open
restaurants in other provinces. Adding halal options makes sense when one
considers the demographic data.
population currently comprises of 940,000 or 2.8% of the nation’s
population. A report published earlier this year by the Washington based
Pew Forum on Religion and Life predicted that the Muslim population in
Canada is expected to triple over next 20 years. By 2030 they are expected
to be 2.7 million or 6.6% of the total population.
businesses are afraid of the reactions by some sections of the society when
they introduce halal meals. But such reactions are often a result of lack
of awareness about the Islamic faith and its values. Once people realize
the wholesomeness of halal products, many prefer them over others.
addition, halal businesses also save and create jobs. Many slaughterhouses
and related businesses in the US which were on the verge of closing down
were saved when they switched their operations to halal. The European Halal
Food Park in Norfolk, UK, is expected to create 500 new jobs.
On Halal Goat Demand At International Goat Symposium 2011
will be speaking and sponsoring this year's International Goat Symposium
(IGS), Canada's premier educational and networking event for Ontario's goat
industry. This annual event will take place in Orangeville/Toronto, Canada,
from November 2-6, 2011.
is an annual conference to discuss new opportunities arising in the goat
industry. Education sessions range from farm management information to the
latest goat market trends. Featured along with Canada's Royal Agricultural
Winter Fair, the IGS is an important international forum that aims to
educate international visitors about Canada's goat industry.
At the event,
IFANCA's Canada Director, Haider Khattak, will speak on today's halal goat
demand and how halal certification can help goat farmers. "We are very
pleased to help goat farmers reach out to this exciting and emergent market
segment," says Khattak. He adds that the market for halal goat reaches
far beyond Canada. In recent years, the US market for halal foods was
estimated at US$20 billion. The global market for halal foods is even
larger; analysts estimate it at US$634 billion, around 16% of the global
meat has always been in demand for ethnic cuisine, traditional and comfort
foods. Goat meat demand especially spikes around seasonal holidays like
Easter, Christmas, and Cinco de Mayo. The halal goat meat demand around Eid-ul-Adha,
the Muslim holiday for sharing and sacrifice, is proving to be no
different. Khattak notes that this presentation comes at an opportune time
given that Eid-ul-Adha will fall within a few days of the
symposium. "Halal consumers actively look for halal goat around
religious holidays, as well as to prepare traditional ethnic dishes all
year round," says Haider Khattak.
Conference On Halal Industry To Be Held In Pakistan
Research Council is an organization working globally on Halal Advisory,
R&D, Education and Certifications in order to promote the halal
industry worldwide, with an objective to boost the halal economy worldwide.
are pleased to invite you to "The 2nd International
Conference & Expo on Halal Industry", scheduled for December
14-15, 2011 at Lahore, Pakistan, with the collaboration of Punjab
Agriculture and Meat Company (PAMCO) of the Government of Punjab (as joint
organizers). The key goal of this International Conference is to highlight
the importance of consuming halal food, halal exports, and international
halal market potential and to develop an awareness of halal concept among
this conference, you will enjoy meeting and networking with the key
industry players, Government functionaries, Shariah Scholars and many
others from the halal industry both local and international. A team of
IFANCA affiliates headed by Dr. Javaid Aziz Awan will be representing
IFANCA at the conference.
any further details about conference, please visit:www.halalrc.org/halalconference2011.