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Use of soft drinks at Iftar may damage kidneys

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Rehan Khan

ISLAMABAD: Soft drinks either diet or regular are injurious to health especially at Iftar because after sixteen hours fasting, the use of soft drinks started declining the function of kidneys.

Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT) Civil Hospital, Head Dr Adeeb Rizvi suggested that instead of soft drinks, it is better to use fresh juices because fizzy drinks can be a cause of some health hazards including, diarrhea, gastroenteritis, dehydration, renal problems and even cancer.

Dr. Shahid of Shifa International Hospitals Limited said that the Holy Prophet Muhammed Peace Be Upon Him used to break his fast by eating dates at Ifar and this is scientifically proven to be the best solution to break ones fast as dates are rich in carbohydrates, fibers, sugar, magnesium, and potassium.

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Being rich in sugar, the dates raise blood sugar levels almost immediately and therefore adjusting the balance.

Its high carbohydrate content makes it harder for your body to digest it and slows down the digestion process therefore leaving you fuller for longer, he added.

He advised to have soup or salad right after the dates to give your body some room to get started and to wait for twenty minutes before having your meal.

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