Dietician advises public to replace sweets with stuffed dates in Ramazan
Two medium-sized dates contain around 60 calories and 15 grams of sugar.
Many look forward to a month of sugary desserts, but experts suggest modifying these traditional sweets or choosing healthy alternatives to avoid weight gain and health problems.
Dietician Dr. Umber Khan, while talking to a private news channel says, breaking a dish down into its main ingredients can help in finding ways to make it healthier.
Avoid white bread, biscuits, cakes and chocolates at Sahr time because these foods are fast burning foods, which mean they would give you instant energy, but make you hungry soon, dietician said adding, that sweets are high sugar/high fat foods especially Baklawa, Baloo Shahi, Gulab Jaman are not suitable for Ramazan .
To crave for your sweet tooth give preference to dates as two medium-sized dates contain around 60 calories and 15 grams of sugar, he recommended. If one has a plate rich with carbohydrates for Iftar, it is best to reduce carbohydrates in the dessert, he told.
He advised consumers to use the sugar-free syrup, usually consumed by diabetics, to enjoy Ramazan 's desserts. Nutritionist and health expert Dr. Rubina Sabir said each teaspoon of sugar syrup contains around 100 to 150 calories.
Calories found in desserts are lost easily. They are empty calories, one feels hungry and tired after eating them," she told. She added that consumers could still enjoy their favorite Ramadan sweets , but with a lower calorie intake.
"They can add their favorite fruit to the desserts to include more fibre and vitamin-rich foods, like dates , pressed dates and honey," she noted. Experts agreed that the best time to eat dessert is around two hours after Iftar. Around two liters of water should be drunk between the Iftar meal and the pre-dawn Sehri meal, to ease the digestion process and avoid long-term health problems.