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Use Small Plates To Ensure Less Food Intake During Raya

KUALA LUMPUR, July 16 (Bernama) — “Use small plates to ensure less food intake during this upcoming festive season,” said the Head of Dietetic Services of University Malaya Specialist Centre, Rozanna Rosly.

In stressing this, Rozanna explained that the main reason to do so was because the digestive system requires a transition during the few weeks of the Raya festive season.

“Firstly, the entire eating and food schedule is completely inverted from day to night. Then, after a month, you not only switch back to eating during the day but also faced with an endless array of dishes and delicacies to feast, some of which may only be consumed during special festive seasons,” she told Bernama, here recently.

rozanna-m-roslyRozanna urged Malaysians to strictly observe moderation in food consumption as overloading of food at one go could be highly detrimental to health.

“Learning to eat in moderation, a balanced diet and incorporating suitable types of exercises regularly will ensure Malaysians enjoy festive seasons without jeopardizing their health.

Rozanna added that most of the delicacies are rich in fat, salt and sugar and over-eating may result in weight gain and also affect other medical conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol levels.

“They may make an exception for one day but after that, they need to go back to following the dietitian’s food and dietary recommendations and advice,” she explained.

She also encouraged people to consume a balanced meal with lots of fruits and vegetables as to maintain one’s weight and health besides consuming plain water instead of carbonated drinks or sweetened cordial drinks.


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