The changing Palestinian diet

“A big part of Ramadan is the hospitality we give to others and…one of the big purchases (Muslims here) make is sweetened soft drinks which are very unhealthy,” Barakat told The Jerusalem Report.

By JUDITH SUDILOVSKY
June 27, 2019 16:04
The changing Palestinian diet

The recent international ‘Colors of Nutrition in Israel’ brought together world leading nutritional experts and policy makers to expose them to innovation in Israel and challenges in nutritional science, agriculture, industry, sustainability and national policy.. (photo credit: COURTESY COLORS OF NUTRITION)

 
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Raghda Barakat, a clinical nutritionist in the nutrition division of the Ministry of Health, was overwhelmed during the hot month of Ramadan by the thought of what the holiday meant for the diet of the thousands of Muslims celebrating in Israel.

“A big part of Ramadan is the hospitality we give to others and…one of the big purchases (Muslims here) make is sweetened soft drinks which are very unhealthy,” Barakat told The Jerusalem Report. As nutrition professionals, she said, “we need to remind people that we traditionally have a very healthy way of eating, very nice foods we eat traditionally. When we have guests we can put out dates or some nuts for them,” instead of processed snacks and sugary drinks.

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