After fasting all day, it’s easy to give in to comfort food, or indulge in a big way at the many all-you-can-eat buffet promotions this season. Well, eating the right food at Iftar does not only replenish your energy levels but it also helps you to lose those extra kilos the natural way. So, whatever you choose to eat during Iftar, note that it can make a big difference to your body and overall wellness. Sunway Medical Centre Dietician, Saw Bee Suan told us what you should avoid eating during Iftar for a better digestion system and wellness.
1. High-sugar foods
Examples: Syrup, Ais Kacang or ABC, cendol
Sugar contains empty calories and low nutritional value. Too much sugary foods and drinks increase risk of obesity. Plus, drinking sugary drinks will not fill in your tummy and will leave you wanting more food. Choose fresh fruits or unsweetened fruit juice instead.
2. Caffeinated drinks
Examples: Coffee, tea and cola
Caffeinated drinks may have a mild diuretic effect and cause more frequent urination. It also stimulates gastric acid secretion and may promote gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or heartburn. It is always best to drink plain water or unsweetened fruit juice to rehydrate your body after long hours fasting.
3. Deep fried foods
Examples: Fried chicken, fried samosas, fried spring rolls, French fries
Deep fried foods are high in calories and this will contribute to weight gain especially when taken excessively and frequently. Not only that, deep fried foods contain high levels of fat, so they tend to stay in the stomach much longer than other types of foods, which may lead to indigestion. Go for oven-grilled, steamed or stir-fried foods instead as they can seals in flavour, eliminating the need for added fats during preparation as well as preserving nutrients.
4. Extra spicy foods
Examples: Oily curries and sambal
Taking extra spicy foods may cause heartburn, which is one of the common dyspeptic symptoms during Ramadan. But that does not mean that you can’t enjoy them at all. What you can do is to tone down the spiciness by going for something that’s a little less spicy or mild or replacing it with clear vegetable soup with herbs and spices.