Overeating on Eid

Eid-ul-Azha brings happiness as well as health issues in our life. Dieticians and nutritionists warn of overeating meat on Eid-Ul-Azha when affluent Muslims sacrifice goats and cows etc. Due to overeating, gastro, dehydration and vomiting are common on Eid-Ul-Azha. Each year, a bundle of cases of various stomach and other illnesses emerge after Eid due to high consumption of meat.
Studies show that people who eat too much meat are 20 percent more likely to develop cancer if they eat a lot of red meat. Pancreatic cancer, colon cancer and breast cancer have been linked with heavy consumption of meat. Meat also contains a lot of saturated fats and cholesterol which can lead to heart disease. Our kidneys work to remove excess protein from the body, so eating too much protein can stress them out, leading to kidney damage and can contribute to renal failure in some cases. High dietary protein levels cause our body to excrete more calcium, which can lead towards osteoporosis. Excessive use of red meat, salt and chilies can increase stomach acidity also. In Pakistan, mostly people have a habit of storing meat in refrigerator and freezer for a longer period, without knowing that it can cause food poisoning and other gastrointestinal problems. Nutritionists recommend that meat should not be stored for more than 10 days. People should take vegetables in lunch and dinner besides meat or mutton and avoid soft drinks especially heart, diabetic and hypertension patients. Consumption of water in an adequate amount is also very important during and after Eid holidays as optimum use of water helps functioning of stomach system of human body. People above 40 years should avoid eating spicy food. Eid is time of having quality time with our loved ones; therefore, do not waste it by getting ill.
KIRAN FATIMA
Islamabad

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