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Halal foods are those that are free from any component that is considered unlawful in Islam. These include processed, made, produced, manufactured and/or stored using utensils and equipment that have been cleansed according to Islamic law.
The iron found in animal products is called ‘haem iron’. ‘Haem’ iron is found in high amounts in red meat and offal. White meats such as fish and chicken also contain haem iron but in smaller amounts than in red meat. As a general rule of thumb, the redder the meat, the more iron. Haem iron is more efficiently absorbed by the body than non-haem iron that comes from plant sources.
Hydrogenated fats are vegetable fats that have been chemically altered by the addition of hydrogen (hydrogenation) with the purpose of making them more solid. Turning a liquid oil into a more solid form makes it more stable for use in food manufacturing.Sources of hydrogenated fats include cooking margarine, biscuits, cakes, pies and popcorn and many commercial frying oils.