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Eating right to break a fast

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Ramadan is currently being observed by Muslims all over the world, and from 8 July to 7 August, the occasion is marked by fasting from dawn till sunset. During this month, every healthy adult Muslim will refrain from consuming food, drinking liquids and smoking.

The rewards of fasting during Ramadan are believed to be multiplied during this period, both spiritually and physically. Fasting is believed to promote detoxification, reduce blood sugar and rest the digestive system. Done right, it can also increase the breakdown of fats and help to overcome addiction to nicotine, alcohol and caffeine. This is why maintaining a balanced diet with the right nutrients, salts and fluids is vital to staying healthy throughout the fasting month.

 

Complex carbohydrates

Complex carbohydrates are foods that typically have a low G.I. index. This means that they will digest and release energy slowly over the day, and will help keep you from feeling hungry.

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Fruit Chaat is a type of fruit salad with spices popular in South Asia.

Grains and seeds like barley, wheat, oats, millets, semolina, beans, lentils, wholemeal flour and basmati rice are all low G.I. foods. They can be found in breads like pita, naan and other flatbreads, with other dishes, like the Moroccan Harira soup containing lentils or other grains. 

You can also bake your own bread containing low G.I. flours and grains. The Electrolux EBM8000 bread maker has a time delay setting that allows you to set when the machine should start baking bread, so that you can come home or wake up to a freshly baked loaf to break your fast.

 

Fibre

Foods rich in fibre also digest slowly, and provide essential nutrients. Recommended fruits and vegetables to break fast include dates, olives, onions, potatoes, apricots, prunes, figs, cucumber and grapes.

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Dates are commonly eaten to break a fast at Ramadan.

Dates have been proven to be popular as they are not only rich in nutrients, but provide much-needed energy after a day of fasting. Fruit juices can also revitalise and refresh at the end of a long day.

With its ability to juice fruits like apples whole, a juicer like the Electrolux EJE3000 can help to prepare a refreshing and healthy juice from any fruit quickly. Alternatively, preparing a fruit salad like a fruit chaat – assorted fruits mixed with spices like cumin, chili powder, salt and mint – which is popular in South Asia can help to rehydrate and refresh at the end of the day.

 

Foods to avoid

During the fasting period, it may be a good idea to avoid heavily processed foods that burn energy quickly. This includes refined carbohydrates that contain white flour or rice. Fatty and sugary foods like cakes, chocolates and biscuits do not help to promote satiety or sustain energy levels throughout the day.

Drinks which contain caffeine like tea, coffee and cola should also be avoided, as they can stimulate fluid loss and result in dehydration.

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