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Don’t Overeat During Buka Puasa

Don’t Overeat During Buka Puasa

Buka puasa signifies that time of the year when Muslims all over the world observe the breaking of their fast throughout the month of the Ramadan. While fasting has many purported short- and long-term health benefits, it can be detrimental to the health when not practiced carefully. A trip to the Ramadan bazaar or even a buka puasa buffet may be very tempting, but it is also important to note that many of the foods and beverages sold there are high in oil and sugar.

When the time comes to break the fast, it is imperative to begin with the consumption of a few dates and a glass of water. Dates contain natural and adequate amounts of sugar that provide the body with a small but necessary energy boost, while also preparing the stomach for consumption of heavier meals after half a day of not consuming food or water. Consuming half a plate of vegetables can help you to feel full without overeating; including one or two types of fruits serve as a form of healthy dessert. When eating, remember to chew your food slowly and properly to ensure that you do not face problems related to indigestion and constipation.

It is highly tempting to go for second and third helpings of a meal during buka puasa, especially during a buffet. However, Ramadan is one of the best times of the year to reduce the habit of eating more than is necessary, while also eating more of the foods that will benefit the overall health of our body and mind in the long run. It is better to observe the light supper known as moreh, which normally happens after tarawih prayers than to overindulge in a single sitting during the buka puasa period.