HEALTH-RAMADAN/BM EAT HEALTHY DURING RAMADAN, MUSLIMS TOLD
July 7 21:26
KUALA LUMPUR, Muslims in Malaysia have been advised to eat healthy during Ramadan, including by consuming more sweet and easy-to-digest food when breaking fast.
Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said sweet and easy-to-digest food such as dates, fruits and fresh juice could provide immediate energy needed by the body.
"The public are also advised to postpone their sahur (pre-dawn meal) to at least half-hour before imsak and to take complex carbohydrate meal, such as rice, wholemeal bread or oat so that they will remain full for a longer period of time," he said in a statement here today.
Dr Noor Hisham said it was also advisable to avoid spicy food that could cause stomach upset, as well as food and drinks that contained high level of salt and sugar that may lead to some feeling more hungry, tired and dehydrated while fasting during the day.
"Reduce caffeinated drink such as tea and coffee, as well as carbonated drinks, that could cause dehydration," he said.
A few hours after breaking the fast, one could choose to have a snack, such as sandwich, yogurt, bread or biscuit with a glass of milk and it was also good to continue consuming six to eight glassed of water before the end of sahur, he said.
Further information on how to eat healthy can be obtained at MyHEALTH portal at www.myhealth.gov.my.