Nutrition Recommendations in Ramadan: What to Eat in Sahur?

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Due to the fact that the month of Ramadan coincides with the summer season, it is possible to fasten with health after a long period of fasting. It has been determined in many scientific studies that the fasting of the Ramadan fast in the body slows down the metabolism in our body.
During the month of Ramadan, meal times and number of meals vary. Normally, 5-6 meals are made during the day, the number of meals in the month of Ramadan decreases to 2 meals. In the month of Ramadan, the number of meals during the day should be increased to 3-4 days. With this in mind, it is important to evaluate meals in terms of healthy nutrition.
One of the most important errors in the month of Ramadan is the lack of standing up in the field. The fasting period can be 20 hours if the fasting is not achieved. This figure may cause serious health problems in the individual. It would be a good health to get to the shore to take down the fasting period.
Sahur food should be composed of nutrients that are slowly digested throughout the day. A rich breakfast of protein and fiber foods will be a proper sahur meal.
If you prefer to make a sahur breakfast type;

Cold cut vegetables such as tomato cucumber,
Very salty cheese varieties,
Less salted olives,
Boiled egg,
Brown bread, such as bran, rye, whole wheat,
One serving of fruit can be banana or peach or pear.
You can opt for a lemon tea or a herbal tea without sugar as a drink.

If you prefer to make a food type sahur;

A little salty buttermilk or tincture next to a low-fat vegetable dish
Salad,
You can choose brown bread like bran, rye, whole wheat.
You can consume 1 serving of fruit after the Sahur meal.

At the Sahur dinner;

Very fast digested foods should be avoided. For example, foods containing sugar, white flour and other purified sugars.
Roasted foods should be avoided. Such foods can cause nausea and deterioration of the stomach throughout the day.
Foods containing high salt / sodium should not be consumed as it will increase the thirst for fasting.
At least 2-3 cups of water should be consumed during Sahur.

It is appropriate to start the meal with light meals such as dates, cheese, olives, or soup, and to continue with 10-15 minutes of low-fat meat (red or white meat), vegetable meal or salad.
Foods that provide energy but raise blood sugar in a balanced way (white bread, rice-piled foods with high glycemic index instead of bulgur pilaf, whole wheat bread or whole wheat foods such as whole wheat pasta) should be preferred.
Iftar dinner;

Over-grilled, instead of fatty desserts; milk desserts or fruit desserts should be preferred.
Food should be avoided by eating fast and should be swallowed slowly and thoroughly.
Instead of large portions at one time, they should be fed in small portions, one at a time, after each hour.

This article was prepared by Dietician Busra Sağıroğlu.
For more information please contact our Nutrition and Diet Department.

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