Recommendations Regarding Consumption of Red Meat and Sweets in Eid-al-Adha

Recommendations Regarding Consumption of Red Meat and Sweets in Eid-al-Adha
Recommendations Regarding Consumption of Red Meat and Sweets in Eid-al-Adha

📩 26/06/2023 14:49

Dr. from Yeni Yüzyıl University Gaziosmanpaşa Hospital, Department of Internal Medicine. Instructor Member Tuğba Memiş gave advice on red meat and sweet consumption during the Feast of Sacrifice.

"We should take care of our nutrition and avoid any situation that may affect us negatively, in order to spend the holiday in the most beautiful and comfortable way without disturbing our health balance at the tables where we gather with our loved ones," said Dr. Instructor Member Tuğba Memiş explained what should be considered in order to maintain the health balance during the Feast of Sacrifice:

“In order to protect from parasites and bacterial diseases transmitted to humans by using sheep and cattle as a source, care should be taken to ensure the health of the slaughtered animal and the hygienic conditions of the environment where the slaughter takes place.

Meat should be cooked under suitable conditions and after resting for a suitable time. It should be cooked to the right degree and, if possible, with healthy techniques such as boiling; because meat that is cooked so little as to be considered raw poses a risk in terms of infection, and meat that is cooked so much that it is almost burned poses a risk in terms of carcinogenic properties.

In order not to increase the load of the digestive system and to get the food into our body correctly, vegetables should be kept as a balancing element next to the meat. In addition, even if we do not have any chronic diseases, low-fat parts of meat should be used, and very fatty and spicy consumptions should be avoided. If we have a chronic disease such as cholesterol, sugar or heart disease, special attention should be paid to eating the lean parts of the meat. Care should be taken not to include a large amount of red meat in one portion, and the meal should be consumed as a single portion supplemented with vegetables and as lean as possible.

Another issue that is as important as meat consumption is desserts. Desserts should be consumed as little and balanced as possible, desserts made with syrup and flour should be avoided, and healthier options such as seasonal fruits should be preferred for dessert. In particular, patients with diabetes and cholesterol should carefully avoid pastries and sweets. Excess consumption of dessert should be avoided, and guests who come to visit on the occasion of the feast should not be insistent on this issue.

Another thing to consider is water consumption. During the holidays when tea and coffee consumption increases, it should not be misconstrued that the fluid requirement is met in this way and plenty of water should be consumed. It should not be forgotten that foods containing high calories and protein significantly increase the body's fluid needs.

Our body is generally in balance with itself. If we go out of the ordinary and suddenly tire the stomach and intestinal system with foods that are loaded with too much fat, protein and carbohydrates, it becomes difficult to maintain the balance. It is useful to keep these recommendations in mind in order to have a pleasant holiday without putting our stomach, intestines and other organs into trouble and without disturbing the balance in our body.