Thursday, April 3, 2008

Health Tips To Navigate The Passover Plate

WELLESLEY, Mass. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A Boston-based health expert can tell you what to eat – and what to pass over – on this year’s Passover (Apr. 19-27) Seder plate.

Dr. Georgianna Donadio is a nutritionist at the National Institute of Whole Health, who says parts of the traditional Jewish dinner might be hard to stomach.

With allergy-irritating flour, Dr. Donadio says, “Matzoh isn’t the greatest thing in the world,” and gefilte fish also poses a Passover problem because it may contain parasites if not prepared correctly.

Donadio also says the traditional macaroon dessert is a health hazard, with loads of sugar and coconut oil.

But the meal isn’t a total menace – Donadio recommends Seder staples like horseradish and bitter herbs, which contain cholesterol-lowering phenols, and lamb, which is full of protein and B-vitamins.

While Passover isn’t a nutritional feast, Donadio stands behind chicken soup, which contains fatty acids that boost the immune system.

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