Why rastas dont eat meat

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why rastas dont eat meat

The Rasta Cookbook: Vegetarian Cuisine Eaten With the Salt of the Earth : Recipes by Laura Osborne

You are what you eat is the core philosophy on which the Rastafari base their eating habits and cuisine. Nowhere is the belief that we are what we eat held more steadfastly than among the brethren of the Rastafari. This book presents, for the first time in print, a mouthwatering collection of recipes, the best of Rasta cooking. (True Rastas eat only i-tal food).

The cultural and religious basis of the cuisine are explained in full. A review of tropical fruits and vegetables is given along with this, vital information on where, how to get and to prepare the ingredients for this exotic cuisine.

If you are not familiar with what I-tal (I-tal means vital) cooking is. The food never touches chemicals or is completely natural and not in cans. This food is cooked, but served in the rawest form possible; without salts, preservatives, or condiments.

The i-tal diet consists mainly of rice, peas and native fruits (oranges, ginger-nuts, breadfruit, watermelons, plantain, mangos, papayas, coconuts, bananas, pineapples). They mainly cook with coconut-milk and oil gained from coconuts and hemp-seeds.

They never use salt but pepper and other spice.

They never drink coffee, alcohol, soda (because they are viewed as unnatural), or milk (referred to as white mans blood) but pure water, fruit-juice and tea. There is pages more information I could give on I-tal, but that would dredge up a religious conversation (however if you are interested e-mail me, I LOVE to educate people about my rich background!).

Meat is not a total no-no, but to be true to i-tal - no meat. Those who do eat meant are forbidden to eat pig because they are the scavengers of the earth and in reference to sea food crabs, lobster, oysters, and shrimp (the scavengers of the sea). But fish is a large part of those who eat meats diet. The fish they eat must be small, not more than twelve inches long.

Little has been written on the true nature of Rastafari culture and even less on what it means to eat I-Tal food. This book is almost a crash course into the world of Rastafari.

Not to worry if you dont know what paw paw or breadfruit are - the book has a section with a visual aid so that you know what your looking for at the grocery store.

Some ingredients you may have to look a bit harder for - but most things called for are commonplace in the supermarket.

set up of recipes looks like this:
Recipe name
(alternate name if there is one)



How many it serves

Recepie suggestion
Contents (recepies there-in):
(banna punch, carrot punch, coconut punch, ginger punch, mango nectar, paw paw orange drink, peanut punch, pinneapple cordial)

Snacks And Appetizers
(akkra, plantain cakes, plantain chips, almond dip, avocado dip, aubergine fritters, carrot fritters, cornmeal fritters, fried ripe bananas, ital omelette, tomato filled avocado)

(Ackee soup, cold avocado soup, creamed breadfruit soup, curried lentil soup with coconut, peanut or groundnut soup, pumpkin and cho cho coup, red bean soup, callaloo soup, ital soup, sweetcorn soup)

Dumplings and Roti
(cornmeal dumplings, herb dumplings, fried dumplings, roti)

Main Course Dishes
(baked sweet potatoes, breadfruit in coconut sauce, callaloo with vegetables, cou cou with okra, mixed rice with vegetables, okra and aubergine, sweet corn and rice, curried ackees, pumpkin curry, cashew nut patties, fried yam cakes, millet and tofu patties, black bean stew, ital stew, lentil stew, millet and spinach stew, stewed ackees, vegetable stew with cornmeal dumplings, aubergine stuffed with cashew nuts, stuffed red peppers)

(boiled green bananas, buttered sweet potato, celery and rice, fried plantain, mixed greens, rice and peas, roast breadfruit, steamed cho cho, creole sauce, hot pepper sauce, hot pepper sauce, pumpkin sauce)

(avocado salad, bean and pepper salad, beansprout salad, breadfruit mayonnaise, cabbage and carrot salad, carrot and raisin salad, fresh orange salad, jamaican salad, lentil salad, pineapple banana and tofu salad, rice salad, sweet pepper and pineapple salad)

(baked bananas, grilled bananas, coconut tart, mango cream, cassava pone, dokono, steamed groundnut pudding, banana ice-cream, mango ice-cream, paw paw ice-cream, soya bean ice-cream, custard sauce)

(banana porridge, cornmeal porridge, corn porridge)

Breads and Cakes
(banana and soya loaf, molasses and cornmeal bread, pumpkin bread, coconut buns, grater cakes, ital banana cake, ground rice cake)


Helpful information from me:
How to pick out ackee
This may sound crude but any other native will probably explain it the same way. When fully ripe, ackee tend to bear a striking resemblance to a womans genitalia.
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Reasons For Stop Eating Meat Immediately


All rights reserved. Scotch bonnet peppers, squash, cabbage, pineapples and onions are just a few of the foods Rastafarians use in their cooking. Though dreadlocks and reggae music are the familiar symbols of the Rastafari religion, the lesser-known style of eating its followers adhere to is more telling of the belief system. To stay healthy and spiritually connected to the earth, Rastas eat a natural diet free from additives, chemicals, and most meat. The style of primarily vegan eating is known as ital cooking.

The Temple

Like i had said earlier Rastafarian take keen considerations on what they take into their body. Even though is a diet originated in this religion many rastas deny it and say is just a way of life. The following is a list of foods that are not considered ital. On several occasion many will eat fish smaller than 12 inches in length. Fish larger than that are considered to be symbolic of the Babylonians who feed on the lives of others. Salt is not completely forbidden.

It is compulsory in the Nyabinghi mansion though not in the Twelve Tribes of Israel or Remi mansions. The word derives from the English word "vital", with the initial "v" removed. The expression of Ital eating varies widely from Rasta to Rasta, and there are few universal rules of Ital living. The primary goal of adhering to an Ital diet is to increase liveliness. Livity , or the life energy that Rastafari generally believe lives within all human beings, as conferred from the Almighty.


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    Therefore, the vast majority of followers are vegetarians and, although they do not eat meat, some do allow fish. The Bible forms the basis of Rastafarian beliefs .

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