Muslims have a joke during Ramadan. It goes like this: in Ramadan, I have a date every day. Jokes apart, it is best to break your fast with dates. Dates provide a quick dose of energy. This is very important as you need energy after a whole day of fasting. There are also many other reasons why you should break your fast with dates.
Why You Should Break Your Fast With Dates
Dates have been mentioned in the Holy Quran. Apart from that, Holy Prophet Mohammed (pbuh) loved to eat dates. He even had a drink made of dates called Nabeez. Muslims hold a high reverence for foods and drinks mentioned in Quran and Hadith (sayings of the Holy Prophet pbuh).
Another reason to break your fast with dates is that they are easily digestible. This is very important as the last thing you want at the time of Iftar (evening meal after fast) is stomach problems. Ideally, you should have something that is easy to digest.
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Another reason to break your fasts with dates is that dates will control your hunger. They will prevent you from binge eating. When we eat Iftar, we often miscalculate our hunger and end of eating more than we wanted. This causes bloating and other digestive issues. This will also make it difficult for you to have dinner and Sehri (pre-fast meal). In short, dates will prevent you from binge eating.
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Dates will make your stomach ready to have food after a whole day of inactivity. Dates do this by releasing digestive juices and secretions. This will again help with digestion.
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As mentioned above, dates are a great source of energy. Dates are full of naturally occurring sugars which will fuel your body. Sugar is an important nutrient for your brain and nerves.
A change in eating habits and meal times can cause constipation. Dates will prevent this from happening and keep your stomach health in check.
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We tend to eat a lot after Iftar. This is why a lot of Muslims end up gaining weight in Ramadan. The alkaline salts in dates can help adjust the acidity of blood which happens because of excessiveness eating of carbohydrates and meat that causes a lot of diseases like diabetes, renal stones, gout, high blood pressure, gall bladder inflammations and hemorrhoids.
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Dates have a lot of other benefits too. Dates are full of iron and thus they are great for people suffering from anemia. This Ramadan, try to break your fast with dates.
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