Kunafa, basbousah, loqaimat, qatayef, baklava, Umm Ali and others are sweets that people accept in the month of Ramadan, so what happens to the body of the fasting person when eating kunafa, basbousa, loqaimat, and other sweets? What are its effects on health? What are the medical recommendations about eating it? How can it be modified so that it becomes more healthy? The answers are in this comprehensive report.
We will first begin by reviewing the effects of a fasting person eating sweets on his body, then moving on to a review of 8 types of sweets, we know each type and its approximate calories, and we offer tips for eating them healthily. Read also This is what happens to the body of the fasting person when eating eggs This is what happens to the body of the fasting person when eating beans This is what happens to the body of the fasting person when drinking the juice This is what happens to the body of a fasting person when eating hot and sweet peppers
What happens to the body of a fasting person when eating Kunafa, Basbousa, Luqaimat and sweets?
Arabic sweets are rich in two main ingredients: carbohydrates, in the form of flour and sugar, and fat, in the form of ghee, oil and cream, which are added to it. Also, there are desserts with added milk, such as Umm Ali dessert, and cheese such as kunafa, which also makes it contain an additional amount of protein and calcium. For desserts that add nuts such as walnuts, almonds, pistachios, peanuts and cashews, they contain protein and fats.
Eating these sweets for the fasting person provides the body with a quick burst of energy in the form of sugar, which is quickly absorbed, and also with fats, proteins, and calcium if the sweets contain milk or cheese.
Eating sweets for the fasting person is permitted and can be part of a healthy diet, provided the following things are observed:
- Timing: According to the Health Clinic at Qatar University, eating sweets immediately after breakfast leads to bloating and delays digestion. It also leads to a fluctuation in the level of glucose in the blood, which leads to the desire to eat more sweets. That is why it is recommended to eat sweets in moderation and 2-3 hours after breakfast.
- Eat a small amount, like one piece of maamoul, or half an ounce of kunafa (100 grams). And it must be deducted from the total calories a person eats, otherwise he may gain weight.
- Diabetics, who eat sweets may lead to a significant increase in sugar, they must consult a doctor, and control the level of sugar in the blood. Diabetics can eat sweets sweetened with sugar substitutes (artificial sweeteners) that do not raise blood sugar, such as saccharin and aspartame.
- Patients with high fat, cholesterol and arteriosclerosis should be aware that sweets are rich in cholesterol and fats, as a result of they contain ghee, cream and oil, or fry them in oil. It is advised to eat a small amount of sweets.
- Brushing the teeth with fluoride toothpaste after eating sweets, as the sugar in them increases the risk of tooth decay.