Halal Consumer - Issue 32 - page 14

Heart
Health
Helps prevent heart disease and stroke.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC), heart disease is the number one killer in the United
States but many studies show fish has a preventive effect.
The
Global Journal of Health Sciences
published a
study in 2012 reporting the polyunsaturated
fats in fish reduce one’s risk of arteriosclerot-
ic and thrombotic disease; in other words,
consuming fish helps prevent heart
disease and stroke.
By Sarene Alsharif
God’s
Creatures
of the Sea
God prescribed foods of great benefit through
the Quran and the Sunnah. One of those foods is
fish. In
Surat An-Nahl
(The Bee), God says,
“And
it is He who subjected the sea for you to eat from it
tender meat and to extract from it ornaments
which you wear”
[16:14]. Then He continues to
tell us in a verse in
Surat Fatir
(Originator) that
fish from both fresh water and salty water
provide good meat to eat.
“And not alike are the
two bodies of water. One is fresh and sweet,
palatable for drinking, and one is salty and bitter.
And from each you eat tender meat [. . .]”
[35:12].
And in
Surat Al Ma’idah
(The Table Spread), God
says that hunting land animals during
hajj
, or
pilgrimage, is prohibited; however,
“Lawful to
you is game from the sea and its food as provision
for you and the travelers [. . .]”
[5:96].
God told humanity, through His wisdom
thousands of years ago, fish is a beneficial food
source suitable for consumption, but what does
current research report about eating fish?
Quranic & Prophetic Foods
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