Foods that are beneficial during fasting:
Complex carbohydrates will help release energy slowly during the hours of fasting. They are found in grains and seeds such as barley, wheat, oats, semolina, beans, lentils and basmati rice
Fibre-rich foods are also digested slowly. These include bran, cereals, whole wheat, grains and seeds, potatoes with the skin, vegetables such as green beans and almost all fruit including apricots, prunes and figs.
Foods to avoid, Heavily processed, fast-burning foods containing refined carbohydrates in the form of sugar and white flour. Too much fatty food should also be avoided, cakes, biscuits, chocolates and sweets. The drinks such as tea, coffee and cola could also be avoided because of their caffeine content.
Suhoor – the pre-dawn meal This should be a wholesome, moderate meal that is filling and provides enough energy for many hours. It is very important to include slowly-digested foods. iftar – the meal that breaks the day’s fast, This could include dates or fruit juices to provide a refreshing burst of energy.