Kosher for Passover Sweeteners

Here, from my friend Rabbi Hirsch Meisels, of Friends With Diabetes , is a list of low carb sweeteners that are kosher for Passover:

Sugar Substitutes - Kosher for Pesach

Pure Aspartame (not Equal)

Gefen, Kojel Kosher L'Pesach Sweet'N Good with Aspartame (powder)

Kosher L'Pesach Sweet'N Low (powder) with the O.U.-P

Pillsbury sweet-10 (liquid)

Sweetie with Badatz supervision from Eretz Yisroel

American Liquid Sweet'N Low (Liquid)

Kojel kosher L'Pesach Liquid Sweetener (Liquid)

Zees from Ungar's Food.

Equal, Splenda and Nutrasweet spoonful are NOT kosher for Pesach, and may not be used by Ashkenaizim and not by Sefardim.

The Kosher L'Pesach powder Sweet'N Low is now being produced in the U.S. and it must have an O.U.-P (the regular powder contains kitniyos.) The liquid Sweet'N Low may also be used on Pesach, even if it has only the O.U.

Stevia is kosher and kosher for Passover. (I have no word regarding the stevia blends now becoming popular.)

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Xylitol

This is a little off-topic as far as being kosher goes, but I wondered if you'd heard of xylitol, as I don't remember you mentioning it. I love it, because there are none of the health concerns of other sweeteners, some actual health benefits to the gut and dental health, amongst others, and best of all, it tastes great, with no funky after-taste like Splenda or some of the others. The only after-taste it has is a slightly fruity one, which means in most things, you won't notice, but it takes a little getting used to in things like black tea.

Anyway, I just wondered if you knew about it, as I wouldn't use anything else now! I wish more products were made with it, especially some here in the UK, but they've only recently jumped on the Splenda bandwagon, so even if that happens, it'll likely be awhile. Heck, Splenda is still only just catching on in products here, they're still using aspartame in most sugar-free things, *ecch*...

Anyway, though I'm not Jewish, I think it's wonderful that you make this sort of information readily available; as worth it as it is, low carb can be very challenging, so we can use all the help we can get!

Xylitol

Yes, I've heard of xylitol. I even have some in the house. I won't use it. Not that I object to it for me; I know of no reason I wouldn't be willing to eat it. But xylitol is profoundly toxic to dogs; there are reports of dogs dying from chewing up a single pack of sugar-free gum.

I have two dogs whom I adore (and tragically lost one just last autumn.) I couldn't guarantee that my pals wouldn't steal something off the counter, or that a visitor wouldn't slip them a cookie on the sly. I couldn't bear knowing that something I'd cooked poisoned them.

So no xylitol for me. I do use some erythritol, however, which is the polyol (sugar alcohol) with the lowest rate of absorption and the least gastric effect -- and it isn't toxic to dogs.

Xylitol

Ah, right, of course - I knew you had dogs, and knew that about xylitol, I just didn't realise that was why you didn't use it. Certainly makes sense. I have worried about my cats as well, but it's not so much of an issue, as I don't bake at the moment, and they're not as prone to sneaking sweet things as dogs are anyway. About the only thing I use it with that they might be tempted by - strawberries and cream - I make it a point to keep the bowl away from them. But if I thought they were really at risk, I'd make the same decision.

I had never heard of erythritol, so thank you for the information. Looks like it's even more expensive than xylitol, but as I don't use sugar substitute for many things, I might try it at some point.

P.S. I remember reading about the little guy you lost, and I'm so sorry. I've lost kitties as well in recent years as well and it broke my heart, so I can deeply empathise.