Food Is Not Your Enemy

Hanukkah Foods: Safe or Scary?

During Hanukkah, Jewish people around the world retell and celebrate the story that one day’s supply of oil miraculously lasted for eight days when the Maccabees liberated Jerusalem and rededicated the holy temple. And one of the ways they celebrate this is by consuming lots of food fried in oil, including potato latkes (pancakes) and jelly doughnuts.

Are there other, healthier foods served during Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, to complement all that grease? Well, there’s your gelt (chocolate coins wrapped in gold foil) and cheese blintzes and … yeah. Not so much with the healthy.

So is all the traditional Hanukkah fare just full-on scary food that should be avoided? Read my latest column on AOL’s ParentDish to find out.

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