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Excess of fried and fatty food during Ramadan creates health problems: Expert.

ISLAMABAD, August 05, 2011 (Frontier Star): Just from the start of Ramadan numerous spicy food shops and roadside make shift kiosks can be seen every where selling spicy and oily "Pakoras", "Samosas" and other snack. A rush of people is witnessed on these shops as fried food items would prominently included in food sheets at Iftar time throughout the month of Ramadan. "The dining table seems incomplete unless the samosa, pakora or other deep-fried items not included in the menu, "said Sajjad Ahmed, a customer at the food shop in Aabpara market. While Public Health specialist Dr. Aslam Bajwa told diet during Ramadan should not differ much from a normal healthy, balanced diet and should be as simple as possible. "A balanced diet improves blood cholesterol profile, reduces gastric acidity, prevents constipation and other digestive problems, and contributes to an active and healthy time during Ramadan," he added. Dr. Bajwa told that foods that are light and nutritious are ideal during Ramadan. Breads, soups, fresh fruits, juices and vegetables are the perfect way to begin and end the daily fast. Dates are very significant in Ramadan and are often eaten to break the day's fast. He said during a detailed discussion that routine and balanced diet is easy to digest as a break from food for more than fourteen hours already generates acidity in the stomach, so people should avoid the access of spicy and fried food after the Iftar to control the acidity. There is no need to consume excess food at Iftar dinner, or sehri, he added, the net result is that a balanced diet, which consists less than the normal amount of food intake, is sufficient to keep a person healthy and active during the month of Ramadan. "Medical problems like constipation, muscle cramps, heart burn, gastritis, kidney stones, food poisoning and acid peptic disease are all a result of too much fried and fatty foods, too much refined foods, too little water and not enough fibre in the diet, "added public health specialist. Dr. Aslam told that domestically made liquids like lemon soda, milk soda and other herb syrups are more efficient as compared to the tin made energy drinks. He said that drinking too much tea would increase urine output and inevitably cause the loss of valuable mineral salts.

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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
Date:Aug 5, 2011
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