Ramadan Fasting: What to Eat During Suhoor

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Ramadan Fasting: What to Eat During Suhoor

​​During Ramadan fasting, find out what you should eat during Suhoor from the Dietetics​ Department at Singapore General Hospital.​​

Ramadan meal times

​During meal times in Ramadan, Muslim families will typically gather round to enjoy a rich spread. After all, there is no better way to mark the start or end of fasting than with your favourite savoury foods. Or is there?​

“When deciding what to eat during Ramadan, remember that Iftar and Suhoor help sustain your fast the following day, so consuming the right food is important,” says Ms Tan Sheau Kang, Dietitian, Department of ​Dietetics, Singapore General Hospital (SGH), a member of the SingHealth​ group.​

What foods should you have during Suhoor?

For Suhoor (pre-dawn meal)

Suhoor needs to be wholesome to provide enough energy to last during the long hours of fasting. Suhoor should include the following foods:

    • Fruits and vegetables
      Rich in fibre, fruits and vegetables are essentials during fasting as they increase the feeling of fullness and help prevent constipation. They also contain vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals that are vital for good health.

 

    • Rice and alternatives
      High-fibre carbohydrate foods like brown rice and wholemeal bread take longer to digest, helping to sustain energy levels longer.

 

  • Meat and alternatives
    Skinless chicken, fish and low-fat dairy products are a great source of protein while limiting your fat intake. Furthermore, they help repair and build body tissue, and build up your immune system. Consuming high-calcium dairy products also helps maintain strong bones. Those that are lactose intolerant can choose lactose-free milk or calcium-fortified soybean milk.​

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