Halal Consumer - Issue 32 - page 4

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IFANCA BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President
| M. Munir Chaudry
Vice President
| Mahmood A. Baig
Vice President
| Mohamed Sadek
Director
| Rashid A. Chaudary
Director
| Allen A. Hamood
Director
| Ahmad H. Sakr
Director
| Mian N. Riaz
Director
| Sofia Shakir
IFANCA RELIGIOUS ADVISORY COUNCIL
Chairman
| Dr. Ahmad H. Sakr
Resident Scholar
|Sheikh Rachid Belbachir
Imam Muhammad Mardini
Mufti Ebrahim Desai
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ABOUT HALAL CONSUMER
Halal Consumer is a publication of the Islamic Food and
Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA). IFANCA is a non-
profit Islamic organization with the mission to promote
halal food and the institution of halal. IFANCA objectives
include making halal foods conveniently available, intro-
ducing halal to food companies and institutions, creating
awareness of halal among consumers and providing halal
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Editor’s Note
Assalamu Alaikum
This first issue of 2015 brings you much ‘food for thought,’
so I hope your mind is hungry. Don’t worry, there’s plenty of
stomach food, too.
For starters, if you like to mix Far East spices with your burger or cheesesteak you
will enjoy reading “Local Meets Global Flavor.” There you will read how chefs and
home cooks mix ethnic ingredients into American fare to create new tastes.
Have you checked your cookware lately? In “Toxins in Cookware: Is It Time to Ban
Your Pots and Pans?,” you will learn that it’s not just the food you eat that can
affect your health; what you prepare it in also matters.
If you are a professional chef or one in training, you might be faced with needing
to use ingredients you aren’t allowed to consumer. In “Frying with Faith: Muslims
in the Meat of the Matter,” professional cooks will share some of the challenges
they faced in school and at work, having to work with pork or alcohol.
Before taking a break from home cooking and enjoying a night out, you will want to
read “Eat This, Not That!” You’ll get ideas for healthier options like baked or grilled
foods rather than fried foods and sharing desserts rather than overeating. Sharing
desserts! Really, I can’t believe I said that!
Speaking of healthy, are you getting enough sleep each night? Most people aren’t.
In “Sleep Hygiene: How to Get That Good Night’s Sleep,” you’ll discover the impor-
tance of healthy sleep habits and ways to achieve a well-rested mind and body.
And while many foods have been mentioned in the Quran, “God’s Creatures of the
Sea” examines the benefits of seafood in our diet. You’ll want to make sure your
diet includes some seafood every week.
Of course, the issue also includes some recipes for you to try. Let us know how
they turn out on our Facebook page. We like hearing from you. Enjoy!
Sincerely,
Roger M. Othman
managing editor
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