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Healthy Eating During Ramdan

Ramadan is a time for reflection and contemplation. Food plays a significant role during this time. When we fast during the day we spend a lot of time thinking about what to cook and eat for Iftar.

The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said, "Allah said: …..Fasting is a screen (from Hell) and there are two pleasures (moments of happiness or joys) for a fasting person, one at the time of breaking his fast, and the other at the time when he will meet his Lord….” Bukhari

The reward for fasting is at the time of breaking the fast. This is the pleasure of indulging in the food during Iftar time.

People of South Asian origins are accustomed to feasting on a sumptuous, high fat content meal such as biryani, korma and kebabs after the daily Ramadan fast. Our Iftar meal platter is usually enriched with oily, deep fried food which plays accordion to our gastric acidity. Also, when we fast we are under the delusion that as we have not eaten anything throughout the day, it warrants us to indulge and overeat when we do break our fast. Research has shown that southeast Asian communities are more likely to develop chronic disease such as heart failure, diabetes, and kidney failure and these are all related to some extent to our diets. Too much indulgence is actually bad for us. It can cause gastritis which is condition that covers a variety of stomach disorders that result from inflammation of the stomach lining.

Ramadan is a time for reflection and contemplation. Food plays a significant role during this time. When we fast during the day we spend a lot of time thinking about what to cook and eat for Iftar.

The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said, "Allah said: …..Fasting is a screen (from Hell) and there are two pleasures (moments of happiness or joys) for a fasting person, one at the time of breaking his fast, and the other at the time when he will meet his Lord….” Bukhari

The reward for fasting is at the time of breaking the fast. This is the pleasure of indulging in the food during Iftar time.

People of South Asian origins are accustomed to feasting on a sumptuous, high fat content meal such as biryani, korma and kebabs after the daily Ramadan fast. Our Iftar meal platter is usually enriched with oily, deep fried food which plays accordion to our gastric acidity. Also, when we fast we are under the delusion that as we have not eaten anything throughout the day, it warrants us to indulge and overeat when we do break our fast. Research has shown that southeast Asian communities are more likely to develop chronic disease such as heart failure, diabetes, and kidney failure and these are all related to some extent to our diets. Too much indulgence is actually bad for us. It can cause gastritis which is condition that covers a variety of stomach disorders that result from inflammation of the stomach lining.

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