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Ramadan diet: UAE nutrition expert shares health tips


DUBAI – How do you undertake long hours of fasting while balancing your diet during iftar and suhoor? An expert has shared her health tips.

Nujoud Al Ameri, a specialist nutritionist at Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA), said it is important to have balanced meal proportions.

Al Ameri suggests getting 45 percent to 50 percent carbohydrates in meals, with 20 percent to 30 percent protein and 25 percent to 35 percent healthy fats.

“Those undertaking long hours of fasting should avoid sugary and fatty foods, and limit processed carbohydrates. These should be replaced with plenty of water and hydrating foods,” Al Ameri said.

She said those fasting should cut back on sweetened drinks, coffee, tea and soft drinks during and after iftar.

Do not indulge in excessive eating, she said. “Overeating cannot only harm the body, but it may also interfere with a person’s spiritual growth during the month,” she said.

“This month requires a diet that is sufficiently balanced to keep a person healthy and active. The diet should be simple and contain foods from all the major food groups,” Al Ameri explained. WAM/ICA/Expat Media

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