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Indicative Food Rules for Different Religions

It is important to understand the food rules surrounding different religions as this can seriously affect the nutritional intake of a patient if the wrong food is provided. The current hospital menus provide vegetarian and Halal choices at both lunch and supper and also always gives a choice of meat and fish types to allow appropriate choices to be made. Composite dishes include detail of the meat/fish content to also help with selection.

Any patient who finds they cannot meet their requirements should ask the nursing staff to contact the catering department so that provison can be made.

A = Accepted

F = Forbidden

F* = Some Buddhists are not vegetarian

* = Depending on degree of orthodoxy


Food 7th Day Advenist Rastafarian Roman Catholic Mormon
Eggs Most A A A
Milk/Yoghurt Most A A A
Cheese Most A A A
Chicken
Mutton/Lamb
Beef
Pork
Some
Some
Some
Some
Some
Some
Some still prefer not to eat meat, particularly during Lent or Fridays A
A
A
A
Fish Some A A A
Shellfish F F A A
Cocoa/Tea/Coffee F A A F
Nuts A A A A
Pulses A A A A
Fruit A A A A
Vegetables A A A A
Alcohol F F A F
Fasting (Where not specified, fasting is a matter of choice)     Some fast for a short time before communion 24 hrs, once monthly

Food Jewish Sikh Muslim Hindu Buddhist
Eggs No blood spots Some No blood spots Some* Some
Milk/Yoghurt Not with meat A Not with rennet Not with rennet A
Cheese Not with meat Some Vegetarian Some* A
Chicken
Mutton/Lamb
Beef
Pork
Kosher
Kosher
Kosher
F
Some
Some
F
Rarely
Halal
Halal
Halal
F
Some*
F
F
Rarely
F*
F*
F*
F*
Fish With scales fins & backbone Some With fins & scales With fins & scales Some
Shellfish F Some Halal Some* F
Cocoa/Tea/Coffee A A A A A (no milk)
Nuts A A A A A
Pulses A A A A A
Fruit A A A A A
Vegetables A A A A A
Alcohol A* A F A A
Fasting (Where not specified, fasting is a matter of choice) Yom Kippur   Ramadan    
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