Food

What’s the difference between Halal and Jhatka?

1. The Story of Slaughter

The Story of Slaughter

Every now and then we come across the words- Jhatka and Halal, but the question is what exactly they mean and why is so much of a fuss around them. Well, both are methods of slaughtering animals for consumption in two different communities. While Muslims follow the practice of Halal, the Sikh community prefers Jhatka. Now the question is, what’s the difference? Read below to know the difference and much more.

2. Halal Meat

Halal Meat
The term Halal in Arabic means- fit for human consumption. Following is the meaning and ideology- Muslim community consumes Halal meat. The process involves a swipe with a sharp blade across the animal’s neck. In Halal, the animal is slaughtered slowly with holy lines from Quran. The process involves the complete draining out of the animal’s blood. (Image courtesy: Pixabay)

3. Jhatka Meat

Jhatka Meat
The term Jhatka, in Hindi means-swift. In this process, the animal’s head is severed in one single blow and the animal dies instantly. (Image courtesy: Pixabay)

4. Religious Take

Religious Take
The Muslim community considers Halal meat healthier over Jhakta, whereas, Sikh community prefers Jhatka as it gives least pain to the animal. (Image courtesy: Pixabay)

5. Experts Take

Experts Take
According to health experts, Halal is considered healthier because, after slaughter, blood is drained from the animal’s arteries, rejecting most toxins because the heart continues to pump for a few seconds after slaughter. In Jhatka, not all the blood is drained, leaving the meat tougher and drier. (Image courtesy: Pixabay)

6. Biological Take

Biological Take
The logic is the less an animal struggles, the better the meat. When animals face trauma, the glycogen content in the muscles is activated, leaving the meat tough. To keep the meat tender and juicy, the pH count in the animal should ideally be around 5.4 after slaughter. In Jhatka, it goes up to as high as 7 while in Halal the struggle is lesser by at least 20 per cent.

Well, whatever is the way, meat is meat and slaughter is slaughter, all that matters is the faith of community and peace in the society. (Image courtesy: Pixabay)

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