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March 30th, 2010
07:19 AM ET

Passover health: Matzoh, soup and family

For Jews, Passover is somewhat like Thanksgiving: Families and friends gather to eat a lot of food. This holiday, commemorating the exodus of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt, begins tonight and lasts for eight days, during which observers do not eat any leavened bread or various grains. Some traditionally also avoid beans, corn, and other starches.

The Passover meal – called a "seder," meaning "order" – traditionally happens on the first night, during which participants go through a series of symbolic foods representing elements of the Passover story. Some families have a seder on the second night also.

Some seder foods carry health benefits. And one, perhaps the best known of the seder elements, may cause some digestive issues.

Read the full post at the Paging Dr. Gupta blog

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Culture & Science • Food • Holidays • Judaism • Traditions

soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Alex Allen

    oh well, i always love the taste of chicken soup and other soups, i am a soup addict you know :'"

    December 22, 2010 at 3:37 pm |
  2. Carson Washington

    i alway love the taste of chicken soup as well as oyster soup,.*

    September 28, 2010 at 1:02 am |
  3. Cameron Kelly

    I really love to eat lots of different kinds of soup specially vegetable based soups.`~"

    June 10, 2010 at 2:15 pm |
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