Haggadah and Matzah 521.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
There will be people with too much food during the seven days of Pessah – and
those with too little. Dietitians are full of advice to help Israelis of all
ages avoid gaining several kilos from the week of vacation and festive meals,
and suffering from stomachaches from dry, hard matza.
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At the same time,
Magen David Adom has organized 1,500 teenagers around the country collecting
food for needy families for the 10th year in a row before the festival. Basic
food for the Seder and beyond, including matzot, sugar, canned food, sweet
haroset, bitter herbs and others are being collected at Mega, Mega- Bool,
Supersol, Bitan Wines and other chain stores around the country. The MDA
volunteers will package and distribute them before the Seder via off-duty
ambulances to needy families recognized by the social welfare
The food product collect is being carried out at the
entrance to the stores between 3 and 10 p.m.
Interior Minister Eli Yishai
commented: “It is our moral obligation to make sure that no one will be hungry.
We congratulate MDA, which not only save physical lives but also emotional
Last year, MDA collected some 30,000 food packages; it now aims to
raise the target to 40,000 families who will be able to have a happy
For those who have too much to eat during Pessah, Hillel Yaffe
Medical Center clinical dietitian Sarah Stern Kati’i noted that many people
suffer from gas and pain due to eating dozens of pieces of matza, while others
gain excessive weight. The unusual diet may also upset the conditions of people
who suffer from chronic illness such as digestive problems or
Everything from the wine and grape juice to gooey and sweet
cakes, chocolate, white potatoes and eggs can raise blood sugar and cholesterol
that can be moderated by regular exercise during the holiday but can be reduced
by eating more vegetables and more water, she said.
Sigal Frishman, head
of clinical dietitians at the Rabin Medical Center, added that each matza equals
160 calories, compared to half that for a “light” matza. Portions of food with
nuts of all kinds, while nutritious, are also fattening, with 100 to 150
calories apiece. The Pessah Seder alone can total 1,200 calories or more without
including nuts and desserts.
Those who eat pulses should reduce calorie
intake by eating rice cakes, she advised.
For the festive meal, buy only
those products that you planned in advance and not things that look scrumptious
in the supermarket. Drink a lot of water, soda and dietetic drinks (if you can’t
do without them). Avoid fried dishes, which are very fattening.
in nature, Dr. Amar Hussein – director of the emergency department at
Safed’s Ziv Hospital – advises wearing long, light clothing to avoid snakes
emerging from the winter slumber and protect yourself from sharp
Never stick your hands under rocks, as both poisonous snakes and
scorpions may be hiding there. Make sure you are covered up against the sun, use
sunscreen and drink plenty of fresh water.
Meanwhile, numerous hospitals
have already prepared young patients to prepare for the holiday with a model
Sheba Medical Center’s Safra Children’s Hospital at Tel Hashomer
conducted such an event as practice for the real event on Monday night.