10 Foods to Avoid for Suhoor During Ramadan

10 Foods to Avoid for Suhoor During Ramadan

Suhoor, the pre-dawn meal before sunrise in Ramadan, is essential for maintaining energy and focus throughout your fast. While it’s tempting to indulge in celebratory treats, certain foods can leave you feeling sluggish, bloated or dehydrated later in the day. Dr. Riyaz Ibrahim Mather, Specialist Internal Medicine, recommends the 10 foods to avoid during Suhoor to optimize your Ramadan experience.

1. Simple Sugars : Baked pastries, sugary cereals, white bread and sweets might provide a quick energy boost as they are high in simple sugars, but as they have less fibre, they lead to a crash later, leaving you feeling hungrier.

2. Fried Foods : Fried and fatty foods are heavy and can cause Gastritis, leading to abdominal discomfort as well as increased thirst, during your fast.

3. Salty Snacks: While salty chips or crackers may seem appealing, they can cause dehydration and make you thirstier faster.

4. Caffeinated Beverages: Coffee or caffeinated teas can dehydrate you, so opt for water instead.

5. Spicy Foods: Spicy dishes can cause gastric irritation and thirst hence they are best avoided during Suhoor.

6. Carbonated Drinks: Fizzy drinks can bloat you up and contribute to dehydration. Stick to water for optimal hydration.

7. Dried Fruits (in excess): While a healthy option, some dried fruits are concentrated in sugar. Enjoy them in moderation.

8. Cruciferous Vegetables: Vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage can cause bloating and gastric discomfort, which can be uncomfortable during fasting.

9. Legumes (in excess): Beans and lentils are great sources of protein and fibre, but in large quantities, they can cause gastric discomfort and bloating.

10. Highly Processed Foods: Processed foods are generally low in nutrients and high in sodium, which can contribute to dehydration.

Remember, Suhoor is about sustained energy. Focus on complex carbohydrates like whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Include lean protein sources like eggs, fish or chicken for lasting satiety. Don’t forget to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout Suhoor. With these tips, you can approach your fast with a healthy and balanced meal that keeps you energized throughout the day.

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