Clean and Unclean Animal List and Unclean Ingredients List
On this page you will find a list of clean and unclean animals as well as a list of unclean ingredients.
This is a list of the animals that God made for us to eat. Clean animals were also the animals that God allowed to be sacrificed in the temple.
Clean Land Animals
Cattle (Beef, Veal)
Sparrow (as well as other songbirds)
* There has been controversy as to whether a duck is clean or unclean. In the past, some have assumed that ducks were unclean because swan is mentioned as an unclean bird in the KJV of the Bible. Ducks belong to the same class of animals as the swan. The note below this one explains why swan is a mistranslation in the KJV. After doing research, the duck belongs to the same family of clean animals as the Swan. Ducks anatomically have a crop, gizzard, and a stomach. They eat grass as well as bugs/insects. They are omnivores, much like chickens and turkeys. The unclean birds (listed below) are scavengers and hunters.
# In the King James Version, Leviticus 11:18 and Deuteronomy 14:16 list “swan” among unclean birds. This appears to be a mistranslation because Strong’s Concordance and Brown-Drivers- Briggs’ concordance list this as some sort of lizard or owl. Most modern Bibles translate it as a lizard or owl.
Crickets – Grasshoppers – Locusts
*A Beetle is mentioned as a clean insect in Leviticus 11:22 in the KJV. It should be translated as a wingless locust.
Mahimahi (Dorado, Dolphinfish
[not the mammal dolphin])
Silver Hake (Whiting)
Smelt (Frost or Ice Fish)
Turbot (except the European turbot)
Whiting (Silver Hake)
This is a list of the animals that God did not make to eat. These animals will make you spiritually and morally unclean if you eat them or touch their dead bodies. This uncleanness will last until you wash with water and sunset arrives.
Unclean Land Animals
Llama (alpaca, vicuña)
Pig (hog, bacon, ham, lard, pork, many sausages and pepperonis)
Flying insects that do not have jointed legs for hopping, such as bees and hornets
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Unclean Lizards and Amphibians
Unclean Fish and Marine Life*
Sturgeon (includes most caviar)
*All shellfish are unclean.
List of Unclean Ingredients
Some food ingredients are unclean because of their content. As Paul says, “a little leaven leavens the whole lump.” Once these unclean ingredients are added to a dish, the whole dish becomes corrupted. God does not want one ounce of our bodies to be corrupted with uncleanness, for he commands us not to even touch the carcasses of unclean animals. Do not be careless; protect your bodily temple. His Holy Spirit dwells within you. Guard yourself from uncleanness and watch out for these ingredients. Remember, what happens in the natural is a reflection of the spiritual! Listed below are unclean ingredients and some common items these ingredients may be found in. Sometimes you can find substitutes of these items without unclean ingredients (like yogurt).
Gelatin—Gelatin is comprised of horse bones, pig bones, and the left over parts of other animals that are not used for other products. This product is used to make liquid substances congeal or firm. Commonly found in: Yogurt, Sour Cream, Zingers, Snowballs, Marshmallows, Skittles, Starburst, Some types of peanuts, and Jell-O.
Kosher Gelatin—Yes, even Kosher Gelatin is not Kosher. Our ministry did some research into Kosher Gelatin and found out that sometimes it is not Levitically Clean. Don’t risk it. You can always call a company and ask them the source of the Gelatin, whether it is clean (bovine or cow) or from unclean animals (like pigs, horses, or porcupines). Commonly found in the same foods as regular Gelatin.
Lard, animal fat, or pig’s fat – Lard, animal fat, or pig’s fat is made from pig’s fat and is added into many different foods either to add taste, firmness, or for other reasons. Commonly found in: Pie crusts, pies, Jiffy Cornbread Mix, some snack cakes, pork and beans, some seasoned vegetables, some canned beans, and some refried beans.
The best thing you can do is read the ingredients of every item you buy to make sure nothing unclean is in it. These ingredients get slipped in all the time, so be careful!