Muslims across the globe commenced fasting on Saturday following the sighting of the moon. Every adult Muslim is expected to fast during the month for 29 (or sometimes 30) days, except those who are exempted due to a stipulated number of conditions.

During this month, Muslims make some changes in their daily routines including their eating and sleeping pattern. They also abstain from unholy acts from dawn to sunset.

Unbalanced meals during Ramadan, on the other hand, might cause health problems such as excessive weight loss or gain, as well as heartburn.

Here are some of the foods Muslims should avoid during Ramadan (Suhoor and Iftar):

· Simple or refined Carbohydrates

White bread, white rice and pastries, among others, should be avoided during Suhoor. These are foods that last only three to four hours and low in essential nutrients. So they’re highly discouraged during Sahur.

· Caffeinated drinks

Caffeinated drinks like coffee, green tea and energy drinks during Suhoor lead to insomnia and restlessness. In addition, it doesn’t hydrate and they can leave a fasting Muslim thirsty the whole day.

· Salty foods

Avoid foods that are salty during Suhoor. The human body regulates how much sodium it contains. Imbalance of sodium levels in your body makes you very thirsty while fasting.

· High sugar foods

High-sugar food items such as sweets and chocolates should be avoided. They are an instant source of weight gain and can lead to health issues if consumed every day.

Source: The Nation

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