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Diet tips for the Holy Month of Ramadan


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Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, alters the daily life routines. Sharifa Al Busaidy, dietician at Diwan of Royal Court, advises on the right food intake during the Holy Month, Mazyoona Al Busaidy reports

The Holy Month of peace and prayers is round the corner. Some people suffer from health issues during this month due to lack of proper diet intakes.

Sharifa Al Busaidy, a graduate of the Sultan Qaboos University, who majored in nutrition and dietetics, advises all Muslims to break their fast with carbohydrates such as (starch vegetables, fruits and dairy products), as it is the easiest for the stomach to digest. On the other hand, she says, proteins should be consumed in the last order, as the stomach cannot digest it as quickly as carbohydrates. She advises those who fast to follow this order, as it may cause stomach disturbance and intolerance to anyone who don't. She also provided us with a list of the right portions of food that could be considered healthy after fasting. In general people should consume these portions:

Starch group: 6 - 11 portions
Vegetables group: 3 - 5 portions
Fruit group: 2 - 4 portions
Meat group: 1 - 2 portions
Dairy group: 2 portions
Legume group: 1 portion

However, she points out that the portions differ from one case to another. These portions would not be suitable for people with different types of diseases.  Sharifa Al Busaidy also stresses on the importance of avoiding proteins such as (meat, meat organs, fish, seafood, chicken and eggs) immediately after fasting. "The right diet to follow is that all food groups should be included and within the right and required portions for each disease or normal case," she said. She believes in the balance of all food groups during a normal daily diet. She strongly advises against high-protein diets, as it can affect the kidneys. Additionally she also says not to go for high carbohydrate diets, as it could also cause diabetes through time.

Mazyoona Al Busaidy  - Special to Times of Oman

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