Tuesday, March 9, 2010

PESACH and dietary supplements

23rd of Adar, 5770

Dietary supplements include a whole range of products intended to provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids or amino acids, that are missing or are not consumed in sufficient quantity in a person's diet.

In regards to dietary supplements containing Chametz, they would fall under the category of food -and therefore be forbidden- if they are chewable or drinkable (see yesterday’s Halakha of the Day) and could be used only if they are specifically authorized for Pesach.

Dietary supplement which meant to provide supplement of fiber deserve special attention because they would probably contain chametz gamur, therefore, they cannot be consumed and or even remain in our possession during Pesach.

The following supplement do not contain chametz, and following the Sephardic custom they can be taken during Pesach. (This list is based on information obtained from OU publications, however, if you follow the Ashkenazi custom these products will be approved only for infants and adults who are ill).

The following products are authorized only when they bear the standard OU symbol and they must be purchased before Pesach. .

Ensure [not Ensure Fiber with FOS]
Ensure High Protein
Ensure Glucerna OS
Ensure High Calcium
Jevity [not Jevity 1.2 or Jevity 1.5, which contain oat fiber]
Osmolite (unflavored)
Osmolite HN (unflavored)
Oxepa Polycose
Promote [not Promote with Fiber, which contains oat fiber]
Suplena Two-Cal HN

IF YOU HAVE ANY DOUBTS ABOUT THESE PRODUCTS CONTACT OU. See: http://www.oukosher.org/index.php/consumer/ask