Dietary Law Law and Legal Definition
Any of the body of laws observed by a particular religion regulating which foods may be eaten, how the foods must be prepared and served, and what combinations and contacts are prohibited makes the dietary law. Various religions forbid the consumption of certain types of food. For example, Judaism prescribes a strict set of rules, called Kashrut, regarding what may and may not be eaten. Islam has similar laws, dividing foods into haram (forbidden) and halal (permitted). Jains often follow religious directives to observe vegetarianism. Hinduism has no specific proscriptions against eating meat, but Hindus apply the concept of "ahimsa" (non-violence) to their diet and consider vegetarianism as ideal, and largely practice forms of vegetarianism.