Technically, this makes a vegan diet kosher by default, and it surely makes a vegetarian diet more kosher. Having said that, Jews who are really concerned about keeping kosher will not dine in a vegan or vegetarian house or restaurant unless they are given further information. In fact, according to some authorities, if you are in doubt as to whether or not something is kosher, then it isn't.
In conclusion, being kosher is not necessary for living a healthy lifestyle. However, if health is an issue for you, then choosing dairy products that are certified kosher can help ensure that you are not consuming animal products that may contain bacteria or other contaminants.
There are no banned plant-based meals in Jewish law, hence all vegan cuisine is deemed kosher. Dairy in vegetarian meals is kosher as long as the milk originates from a kosher animal, such as a cow, sheep, goat, or other cloven-hooved mammal. Otherwise, it's considered non-kosher. Fish is kosher only if fresh; smoked, dried, or frozen fish are not kosher. Shellfish is forbidden during most parts of the year but can be eaten at certain times.
However, some Jews will avoid dairy products that have been processed with water that has come in contact with meat products. This includes cheese and ice cream made from milk that has been heated after being brought into contact with blood - even if the blood is eventually drained off.
Vegetarian diets are common among Jews of Asian and Eastern European descent. Many of these Jews observe a vegan diet full time.
In conclusion, yes, there are kosher vegans!
The presence of a kosher sign on food does not mean that it is vegan. Kosher certification only confirms that ritual animal killing is followed and that meat and dairy products have not been mixed during processing. It has nothing to do with the treatment of animals before or after they are killed.
Kosher meat comes from animals that are slaughtered by a Jewish religious professional called a "kasher". The word "kasher" is derived from the Hebrew word for clean, which describes someone who has taken part in a ceremonial cleansing of the temple. Today, most kashers are members of the Orthodox Jewish community, but some Catholics and Protestants also conduct kosher slaughters.
Kosher dairy comes from animals that are killed by a person who has signed up to be a kosher dairy farmer. This person usually lives on the same farm as the cow owner, and they will certify that the cow was slaughtered according to Jewish law. They will then remove the blood and internal organs from the carcass and wash them thoroughly before using them again for milk production. Unlike vegetarian diets, there is no possibility of eating kosher dairy if you are vegan because even though the cows were not killed for consumption, they still died. No one would call this diet healthy.
In conclusion, being kosher means that animals had a religious slaughter conducted by a trained person.
Simply said, any vegan food is kosher—it all depends on how strictly you observe kashrut. Vegan food may not be kosher since it was prepared by non-Jews, with non-kosher equipment, and under non-kosher supervision. Because kosher standards forbid the combination of milk and meat, a vegan dinner has nothing to fear here. However, if you are keeping kosher altogether, then you should avoid eating products that contain ingredients that were grown using conventional methods.
In addition, if you are observing Jewish law, which includes many but not all vegans, then you must be careful about additives, including colors, flavors, and sweeteners. These items may not be certified kosher if they contain ingredients derived from animals. Also, keep in mind that some Jews may have problems with soy products or foods containing gluten.
Finally, if you are unsure about something, check with an expert. A rabbi or kosher supervisor can help you determine whether your product is kosher.