Avoid heavy meals during Iftar and Suhour: PHCC

 31 May 2017 - 1:11

Avoid heavy meals during Iftar and Suhour: PHCC
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The Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) experts point out that Suhour meal during the fasting days helps sustain your fast the following day without fatigue, exhaustion and hunger.

Nutritionists highlight the importance of replenishing the energy lost throughout the long hours of fasting during Futour and Suhour.

A PHCC Nutrition Specialist, Modhi Al Hajri says, "While breaking fast at Iftar, one must ensure that the right type of food is consumed, preferably in small portions at a time."

"Heavy meals are to be avoided as it may take a toll on your digestive system. Choosing instead healthy and light meals such as nourishing soups and drinking lots of fluids is highly recommended,” added Al Hajri. “A balanced and varied Suhour should provide the body with all the essential nutrients. Drinking water half an hour before starting Sohour is advised to avoid stomach bloating,” added Al Hajri.

Al Hajri also specifies that Suhour meal shall consist of whole starch necessary for the body, including whole wheat bread, cheese and dairy, olive oil in moderate quantities, vegetables, milk and healthy fat foods.

It is suggested to eat fruits, especially those rich in fiber, such as peaches, apples, bananas, or two dates, which supply the body with natural sugar and don’t lead to weight gain.

Relying on fruit juices is not recommended as it leads to a drop-in sugar levels which eventually leads to sugar cravings the following day. Soft drinks have to be limited as well.

For people who are neither overweight nor are suffering from diabetes, deserts are not harmful during Suhour, but should be consumed moderately, at the end of the meal.

“Eating Kunafa, Manaqeish, or croissant once a week is acceptable for healthy people” Al Hajri said.