Saudi health ministry offers tips for Ramadan wellbeing

As fasting people spend up to 15 hours without food at a time, the ministry suggests starting iftar meals with dates, soup and light foods rich in vitamins and easy to digest. (SPA)
Updated 12 May 2019
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Saudi health ministry offers tips for Ramadan wellbeing

  • As fasting people spend up to 15 hours without food at a time, the ministry suggests starting iftar meals with dates, soup and light foods rich in vitamins and easy to digest

RIYADH: As part of its efforts to raise awareness during Ramadan, the Saudi Ministry of Health has published dietary advice and tips on its Twitter and other social media sites for fasting Muslims.
The tips include a selection of foods perfect for rehydration, including vegetables and fruits, and of complex carbohydrates like brown bread which contribute to stabilizing blood sugar levels.
As fasting people spend up to 15 hours without food at a time, the ministry suggests starting iftar meals with dates, soup and light foods rich in vitamins and easy to digest. In addition, diversity is essential, with protein-rich ingredients including meat and dairy products contributing to cell building and a feeling of satisfaction and fullness.
Concentrated, canned and powdered juices, however, should be avoided, as they are high in sugar, artificial colors and flavors, and are poor in nutritional value. The instant hit of glucose to the body may offer short term relief, but will also lead to a spike in blood sugar levels, followed by a crash, causing fatigue and dehydration.

 


Bassam Ghulman, deputy minister at the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah

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Bassam Ghulman, deputy minister at the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah

Bassam Ghulman has been deputy minister for transportation affairs at the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah since February 2018.

Previously, he was general manager of the Haramain High-Speed Rail Project, which links the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah.

He was also a professor of contracts and construction project management at Umm Al-Qura University in Makkah.

He first joined the university as an assistant lecturer in 1994, and held several positions there, including head of the civil engineering department.

Ghulman serves as vice chairman of the board of the Saudi Council of Engineers. He was an adviser to the secretary of Makkah, having first joined the municipality there as an assistant civil engineer in 1991.

Ghulman holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Umm Al-Qura University. He earned his master’s and Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Oklahoma in the US.

He has participated in local, regional and international events and conferences, and has published numerous academic papers and books.

Ghulman is a member of several government committees, including the advisory board for development in the Makkah region.

He recently met with members of the transport sector at the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah to discuss early preparations for this year’s season.

Ghulman said the meeting was in line with the ministry’s vision to improve and develop services to transport pilgrims to holy sites.