Ramadan is a month of spiritual reflection and self-improvement for Muslims all over the world. It’s a time to focus on worship and strengthening our connection with Allah ﷻ.  However, between the countless iftaar banquets with family and the post taraweeh second-dinner munch with the friends, we can get lost in the purpose of restraining ourselves from food and drink in the first place.

As we fast from dawn to sunset, it’s essential to make sure we’re consuming the right types of food and drinks to stay healthy and energised throughout the day. Here are 5 categories of foods and drinks to avoid during Ramadan:

1. Fried Foods

Fried foods are a staple in many cultures during Ramadan, but they can be detrimental to our health. They are often high in calories, fat, and sodium, which can lead to weight gain, high blood pressure, and other health issues. Instead, opt for baked or grilled foods, which are healthier alternatives. Baked hash browns… now that’s a fair mouth-watering swapover. 

2. Sugary Drinks

Sugary drinks such as soda, fruit juices, and energy drinks should be avoided during Ramadan. These drinks are high in sugar, which can lead to weight gain and indigestion. Instead, try drinking sparkling water, milk, chai or herbal tea to stay hydrated.

3. Processed Food

Processed foods such as chips, cookies, and other snacks should be avoided during Ramadan. They are often high in salt, sugar, and unhealthy fats, which can lead to weight gain, high blood pressure, and other health issues. Instead, choose whole foods such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. A guilt-free dessert like low-fat frozen yoghurt or a refreshing acai bowl is bound to be a better treat.

4. Caffeine

Caffeine is a diuretic, which means it can cause dehydration. During Ramadan, it’s important to stay hydrated, so it’s best to avoid caffeine-containing beverages such as coffee and tea. Instead, go for a sugarcane juice, kombucha or decaf coffee, or limit the caffeine to after Iftar when your Taraweeh is counting on it.

5. Spicy Foods

Highly spicy foods can cause heartburn and indigestion, which can be uncomfortable during Ramadan. Instead, go for a mild (never go ‘spice-free’ ) but filling alternative that is easy on the stomach like yoghurt, garden salads and oats. And don’t be scared to sprinkle on those chili flakes here and there, just to add some spice to your plate!

So thats 5 Foods and Drinks to Avoid In Ramadan!

It’s essential to be mindful of what we eat and drink during Ramadan. By avoiding fried food, sugary drinks, processed food, caffeine, and spicy food, we can enjoy more balanced meals in this month and stay energised throughout its worship-filled nights. It’s also important to focus on eating whole, nutritious foods that will nourish our bodies and enhance our well-being in Ramadan. So eat well and live well.

Written by Menna Kamal