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Treating Low BG (Blood Sugars) On Pesach – Passover & The Low Down on Sweeteners

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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 not certified kosher for Passover.

Our recommendations:

Look for candies that do not have a lot of ingredients after the sugar or glucose (that will slow them down). There should not be fat in the ingredients since this will also slow down the absorption of the sugar – which is defeating the purpose. Here are some suggestions of candies with fast acting sugars:

– Marshmallows
– Meringue cookies
– Candies like gummy bears
– Grape juice in small amounts
– Milk products are great for raising B

Most ready made products for Passover are very high in simple sugars, which will raise blood sugars quickly – just important to watch the portion sizes, it is easy to lose control.

Now the info on sweeteners with kosher certification for Passover:

There are very few sweeteners certified Kosher for Passover mostly because the dextrose which seems to be problematic for kosher certification.

Splenda in all forms has a very good Kosher certification in Israel but not for Passover. 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 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.

There are many Kosher for Passover healthy recipes available on line. If you do a search you will also find many guidelines and charts that are helpful in getting started and keeping up a lifestyle of healthy eating.

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Source by Nechama Cohen

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