There’s pork in those Pop-Tarts: Navigating the supermarket as a Muslim


26 thoughts on “There’s pork in those Pop-Tarts: Navigating the supermarket as a Muslim

  1. Yes this really helped out , I was doing some research about two days ago and found so much information that made me never want to eat pork ever again … I’m very dedicated… Because it catches up to you when you get older.

  2. I am in Afghanistan deployed. I was just a little famished and need a piker me upper. My buddy (Not Muslim, Rasta, or Israelite) offered me a pop tart. Not seeing the Kosher insignia on it , I decided to check it out on google. I would love to send this article to my sons.

  3. Yes, I would triple-check the Pop Tart one. Mainly because it is a Kellogg product and as they were initially Seventh-Day Adventists, whose dietary habits forbid pork, shellfish and other unclean animals, that may not be true. I will call some of my friends in Michigan and at Andrews University and get their take on it.

  4. Hi, I was doing some research on this. From my understanding, unknown sources and/or pork derived oils would label their oils as “lecithin” and soy would label them as “soy lecithin.” I have yet to find a credible source to indicate that soy lecithin was anything but soy. Is there anywhere that it’s been proven the soy lecithin is anything other than soy? Thanks.

    • This is what I found.
      The most common ones are gelatin, which comes from bones and connective tissue, and shortening or lard, which is fat. There’s also lecithin (from the yogurt story), which mostly comes from soybeans (and will say “soy lecithin”), but can also be made from animal

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  6. Wow totally amazing! I knew about a few but skittles really?! Thanks for the imfo..we have to read these labels

  7. Concerning the yellow dye, the petroleum doesn’t effect the dye, but according to the center of science for the public interest dyes can cause rarely, yet possibly: cancer, hyperactivity, and allergic reactions. It is important to understand what is in your foods, and I thank you for opening up my eyes to the truth.

  8. Thank you very much for this information. Its crazy that we have to do all of this research to find out what is exactly in our food. My family follows a Islamic diet and pork / animal products are a no no so thank you so very much for this information it is invaluable!

  9. I can totally relate to the struggle to follow a religiously clean life in the USA. We’re not Muslim, but we are Israelite, and follow a very similar diet (my oldest daughter is Muslim, and we once compared our dietary rules). We too have been unpleasantly surprised about some of our favorite foods over the years. Living in south Texas, EVERYTHING has pork products in it. We grow most of our own food, so eating at home is easy, but our eating out is very limited. Thanks for a great article.

  10. “Living as a Muslim in America, and especially the Midwest, can be a challenge sometimes.”
    I can only imagine how much of a challenge. Thank you for coming to the US from Somalia — I have found that immigrants are some of the most patriotic and appreciative people here. You are the strength and backbone of America. America was meant to be a welcoming place for ALL people, and it’s horrifying that some people have chosen to forget that. I believe that truth and love are stronger than hate and bigotry, and the good will triumph in the end if people fight what they know is evil. Peace to all of you.

  11. This is good information even if you are just vegan period, it good to know if something has meat products in them. I told my daughter being vegan and a vegetarian are two different things. Thanks again!

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