Ramadan is month of blessings indeed but we need to understand that everything that is presented on our dining tables at the times of iftar and suhoor are not as much of a blessing as we think them to be. The largest and number one ranking food network of Pakistan: sooperchef.pk
has listed a number of foods that do more harm than good and should be avoided at suhoor and iftar times respectively.
Foods to avoid at suhoor
Simple or refined carbohydrates:
The problem with foods with refined carbs is that they only last around for 3 to 4 hours. Furthermore, to make things worse, they are very low in essential nutrients such as proteins and vitamins that are needed for proper functions of the body.
Foods that are high in salt have a devastating effect on the body as they cause an imbalance of sodium levels in the body which makes us feel very dehydrated and a feeling of thirst while fasting lingers on for the day. So it’s better to avoid salted nuts, pickles, chips and food that contain soya sauce
Coffee is loaded with caffeine. This high content of caffeine can leads to some pretty adverse effects like insomnia and restlessness. In addition to this, it doesn't help hydrate you at all, rather keeps us longing for water the whole day.
Foods to avoid at iftar
Processed beverages and carbonated drinks are harmful as they are, but when taken on an empty stomach, they can cause havoc on the digestive system. They are loaded with sugar and can cause calcium depletion as well as weight gain and obesity.
High-sugar food items as sweets, chocolates should be avoided at the iftar table at all costs as are an instant source of weight gain that can lead to severe complexities like diabetes and obesity if consumed every day.
As ironic as it may sound, oily and greasy fried food like fried pakoras and samosas should be avoided at all costs, yet they are an integral part of our iftar tables. There are tons of reasons to avoid these foods that range from increased heart risks of strokes and cardiac arrests from increased cholesterol levels to weight gain and severe obesity.Read More: Top Seven Foods That Help You Get Rid Of the Post-Iftar Lazy Feeling