Kosher Energy Drinks

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Dear Rabbi Simon,
There aren’t many items which have a kashrut symbol where I live. I want to get some energy drinks. What should I look out for to avoid non-kosher drinks?
Many thanks,

Dear Avigail,
TY for your question.
My best practical advice is to make use of the Is It Kosher? app This has extensive lists of food and beverage items in all categories, including energy drinks.
In general, beverages may be problematic due to grape derivatives and objectionable E-numbers, such as the infamous E-120, referring to a naturally occurring red colour derived from the cochineal beetle. Visit for more info. Note that some beverages can contain milk as well.
However, shared equipment means that one cannot always rely on the ingredient panel alone. For this reason, it is proper to choose an energy drink which actually appears on the approved list. There are lots of them.
Best wishes
Rabbi Rashi Simon

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Dear Rabbi Simon,
Where do you stand on quinoa (and the kitniyot ban) for Pesach?
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Dear Tzippy,
In line with other American authorities, I am in favour of quinoa. Although I reject completely the voices (mostly from Israel) seeking to abolish the ban on kitniyot entirely, IMO we do not need to include in the prohibition pseudo-grains that were unknown in the Old World until modern times. Best to buy with a Pesach hechsher though, to be free of any possible wheat contamination.
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