I have a friend, a Jehovah's Witness, with whom I shared a childhood neighborhood and school up until junior high. I recall our school in Sweden sometimes serving dishes like blood pudding. In such instances, alternate meals were provided for him and also some Muslim classmates.

I asked him about this recently and he said that JWs refrain from consuming blood due to prohibitions found in the Bible, such as Genesis 9:4 and Acts 15:28-29. He said meat can normally contain traces of blood but if blood was drained after the animal was killed, they can eat the meat. They would not consume products were blood was explicitly added.

Here are the Bible scriptures, from King James Version

Genesis 9:3,4

Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things. But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.

Acts 15:28,29

For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things; That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well.

I noticed that Christadelphians share many of the same views as JWs so wanted to ask about their view.

What is the Christadelphian view on eating products containing blood?


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Christadelphians do not follow any dietary restrictions regarding the eating of products containing blood. They have no problem eating a rare steak, the kind that leaves a pool of blood on the plate under it.

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    Hello and welcome to the site. Answers on this site are expected to provide supporting evidence for their claims. So please edit this answer to give quotes or references to reputable Christadelphian sources which confirm what you say.
    – curiousdannii
    Commented Jun 5 at 22:26
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    There is no reason to think rare steak contains more blood than overdone steak. ¶ Also note that the "pool of blood" isn't actually blood. Blood gets its red colour from hæmoglobin, whereas what leaks out of raw meat gets its red colour from myoglobin. Blood is a liquid that flows through veins, arteries, and capillaries, whereas what leaks out of raw meat is a liquid that exists within all muscle cells. Not all red liquids are blood. Commented Jun 6 at 0:50

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