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What Makes Food Kosher: A Guide to Kosher Foods

To answer that question, let’s take a look at what Kosher food actually is and where it comes from. The term itself means “fit” in Hebrew. It originates mainly from several books of the Torah. The Torah states that you can only eat certain foods if you are following the Kashrut, the Jewish dietary law.

The foods allowed by this diet are called kosher, and there are a variety of guidelines regulating them. For example, you cannot eat non-domesticated winged animals. The only terrestrial animals you can consume are those that chew their cud and have cloven hooves. Both of those requirements must be met for the consumption of a terrestrial animal to be admissible. Regarding marine creatures, fish consumption with fins and scales is allowed, while shellfish consumption isn’t.

Apart from not being able to eat the already mentioned foods, those following a kosher diet also do not eat or consume their derivatives. 

How Can I be Sure That the Food I’m Eating is Kosher?

Things might get confusing and even worrisome to some, constantly thinking to yourself, “Is the food I’m eating kosher?” and “How can I be entirely sure that my nutrition complies with this dietary law?”

One great way is to simply look it up online. There are plenty of online educational resources and guides on the topic. Another way is to look for food labels that say kosher on

them or look for a certifying symbol like a U with a circle around it, which certifies that the manufacturer’s claim to be Kosher is true. Otherwise, it is a pretty safe bet to shop at kosher-only food stores if you have any near you. Since we are Kosherline, we would be remiss if we didn’t also mention that if you’re looking for a kosher gift basket, we have a beautiful array of kosher gifts right here on Kosherline.com. Whether you need a Shiva gift basket, or a kosher gift basket for any other occasion our selection has it all.


Depending on the product you choose, the kosher gift baskets contain a delectable variety of dried fruit, fine fresh fruit, baked goods, and confectionery products, all of them garnered in a beautiful hand-assembled basket. 

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