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Many of you have been asking us about treating low BG (blood sugars) on Pesach/Passover.  As far as we know there are no glucose tablets that are certified kosher for Pesach---winkies and/or Rockets (which we have been recommending for almost 20 years) are kitniyos and we do not know if they have kosher certification for Pesach.


Our recommendations:


Look for candies that do not have a lot of ingredients after the sugar or glucose (that will slow them down)

v      Marshmallows

v      Meringue cookies

v      Grape juice in small amounts

v      Milk products are great for raising BG


Most ready made products for Pesach are very high in sugar--just important to watch the portion sizes; it is easy to lose control.


We have talked about sweeteners and have a funny animal pictures chart in our book but since there seems to be a need for clarification we will repeat it here


There are very few sweeteners certified Kosher for Passover mostly because the dextrose is kitniyos


Splenda in all forms has a very good Kosher certification in Israel but not for Pesach.  It is nice to know that the liquid Splenda (0 calories and 0 carbs) is available with excellent certification but not for Pesach


We recommend using a combination of the few things available till you get to the taste that you approve of. 


Most recipes call for too much sugar to begin with.  In all recipes you can cut down the amount of sugar called for using even less than a third, and using only funny pictures powdered sugar (since it is aerated you might get along with less than regular sugar) then use the packets and liquid (available in Israel ) or what ever you have available till you get the sweetness that you like.   Lemon juice in most recipes will help a bit in covering up the after taste.



In addition to all the wonderful recipes in EnLITENed Kosher Cooking there are many charts that are helpful in getting started and keeping up a lifestyle of healthy eating, including a chart (appendix 10 on page 396) with equivalent amounts of sweeteners that can be very helpful as well.


We would love to hear some of your suggestions and so would others

Chag Kasher, Barie VeSameiach (happy, kosher and healthy holiday)


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