Turbulent Times Food for diabetics: an adolescent Perspective

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Days usually celebrated with the presence of food; the first morning of Ramadan arrives filling the streets with familiar aromas coming from the neighbors’ kitchens busy preparing meals for iftar. Not a minute goes by when food doesn’t cross a fasting Muslims’ head. While foods that are light and nutritious such as Breads, soups, fresh fruits and vegetables are the perfect way to begin and end the daily fast- this is usually never the case.

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Turbulent TimesFood for diabetics: an adolescent PerspectiveBy Dina FouadA preliminary research paperEating during the holidays: breaking the fastDays usually celebrated with the presence of food; the first morning of Ramadan arrives filling the streets with familiar aromas coming from the neighbors kitchens busy preparing meals for iftar. Not a minute goes by when food doesnt cross a fasting Muslims head. While foods that are light and nutritious such as Breads, soups, fresh fruits and vegetables are the perfect way to begin and end the daily fast- this is usually never the case. Even though the principal ritual of this month is fasting which entails abandoning eating, drinking, smoking or sinning from dawn to sunset, Egyptians adopted certain eating habits that are not directly linked to the essence of fasting during this period. For instance, iftar tables are often very rich; any type of food might be served, but traditionally the desert almost always includes "konafa" or "qatayef". The former is a cake-like food made of wheat with considerable sugar, honey, raisins and different types of nuts and the later is almost the same, but takes the shape of a small circular cake, which is folded to include nuts and raisins. I remember the very first Ramadan after my sister has been diagnosed with diabetes. It had only been three months and the doctors admonished her that it would be difficult to regulate her blood sugar level if she fasts. How ironic youd thi

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