The science of Eid ul Azha
PAKISTANI Muslims enjoy their fiestas at a very squat degree and the levels of joy on Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Azha remains considerably lower than the levels of joy on weddings.
The level of joy for Pakistanis during various fiestas could not surpass 31%. A little minority feels sordid and exhausted while celebrating different festivals.
Men had notably higher levels of joy on Eid-Ul-Fitr and Eid-Ul-Adha compared to women. Women had appreciably higher levels of joy at close-relatives’ weddings as compared to men.
Unmarried people had considerably higher levels of joy at friends’ weddings as compared to married ones.
There is another science behind Eid-ul-Adha that the sacrifice is done by the rich who have been relishing meat throughout the year and they don’t have any looming anticipation about future availability of meat.
They should distribute the whole meat, even their own share, to the poor so that they can relish meat on Eid as they have been looking forward to these festivals for meat eating.
We must concentrate on the spirit of sacrifice rather than traditional rituals. Eid-ul-Adha this year like every year will be celebrated with religious zeal and fervour.
Sacrificial animals like goat, sheep, cow and camel etc. are sacrificed during day time on Eid day and for the next two days as well.
While red meat is good for health, there is a need to take some precautions as well. The meat is distributed among fellows, relatives, neighbours and the poor people.
The meat on Eid is usually very ample and beneficial providing the fact that it should be eaten with full care and balance.
Eid day begins with the mouth-watering pleasant smell of kaleji. Some like to eat mutton and some like beef.
Many sorts of dishes are cooked at home and special barbecues are organized in backyards and lawns.
Tasty dishes like handi mutton, Punjabi mutton curry, mughal mutton korma and mutton chops are often cooked.
Among the prominent beef dishes are beef biryani, beef kebabs of different kinds, kofta and many other dishes.
Red meat is very useful for humans like “rich proteins” that work with the building blocks in order to repair and grow our body.
Usually, people think that red meat is detrimental to health, but that is not true. There could be no meat as wonderful and as juicy but red meat which contains every bit of curing and healing possessions.
Red meat provides all essential and useful nutrients. It comprises all the necessary ingredients that are helpful for body growth.
Red meat is a major source of protein which helps to improve satiety. Iron is an important component for red blood cells.
It accommodates the blood’s hemoglobin in carrying oxygen to the body’s cell. Food iron is designated as heme and nonheme iron.
Heme iron is more valuable than non-heme from an absorption point of view. It helps to carry oxygen around the body.
It is also important for fabricating energy, optimal immune function, and accumulating oxygen in our muscles that gives your muscles red colour.
Anaemia is a common condition which happens when both men and women face iron deficiency.
Some people are at greater risk of iron deficiency like women of child bearing age, people with poor diet, people who donate blood frequently, infants with premature birth and vegetarians.
The phosphorus in meat is highly valuable and absorbable than that present in cereal and legumes.
In subdivisions, stearic acid saturates the fats that are available in meat and beef. Despite this, people thought that it does increase the cholesterol level, but research defines it actually lowers.
Red meat, especially beef, carries a lot of zinc, to access very important nutrients in a whole –food form.
It plays a vital role in skin health like acnes, eczema. Red meat contains a number of B vitamins, B1, B2, B3 and B6. B12 is also available in meat or related food items.
And if we exclude such foods from our diet, we are at high risk of having inadequate intakes.
Retina of the human eye requires V-A for colour differences. Goat meat is also useful for healthy skin due to vitamin B12 available in it.
Meat contains CLA that reduces the chances of cancer. It also removes birth defects and reduces obesity, contains a lot of proteins and low fats that controls weight.
A major importance is, it improves the strength of memory in children and helps in proper development of the brain.
Meat increases the production of new cells, which delays aging. Meat is rich in calcium which is good for your bones and teeth and it prevents osteoporosis, joint pain, dental pain and hair loss.
It also reduces the chances of diabetes and other health issues. As there are some benefits of red meat there are also some precautions, initially whatever the food is “excess of everything is bad”.
Intake of food should be very careful. Usually, at events and festivals people eat so much that their body cannot handle excess protein intake.
A compound found in red meat called Carnitine, that hardens or clogs the arteries and sometimes also damages the heart.
Meat contains fats, cholesterol and sodium contents, a human body needs a small amount of it on a regular basis but it contains a relatively excessive amount of it.
Sodium leads to high blood pressure and increased risk of heart failure.
But after that much intake, the human body demands work out or some kind of exercise to burn those fats.
Beef contains a certain amount of toxic organic compounds known- dioxin; it’s strongly been connected to cancer.
It also causes obesity. And also can harbour new deadly germs that cause food cancer.
And to the minor concerns it also causes increase of uric acid, high blood pressure, diabetes and stomach-liver issues.
Eating a moderate amount of unprocessed red meat such as steaks, hamburger or lamb is healthier than eating similar proteins of processed meat.
—The writer is an educationist, based in Lahore.