Experts warn people suffering from cardiovascular disease, heart failure, or hypertension about controlled nutrition ahead of Eid al-Adha, the festival of sacrifice scheduled for July 31 through Aug. 3.
People with diabetes and gastroenterological diseases should control their food intake during Eid al-Adha, experts stressed.
“Those with chronic diseases should avoid heavy meals and not break the rules of nutrition. Because even having a fatty dish can be harmful to cardiovascular health,” said Regayip Zehir, an expert from University of Health Sciences in Istanbul.
Noting that the consumption of red meat will increase significantly during Eid al-Adha, Zehir strongly recommended that individuals with heart diseases must reduce their consumption of red meat in their diets.
“It is very important to pay attention to portion size and cooking style. Excess meat consumption triggers blood pressure, uric acid and an increase in cholesterol. Red meat consumption is recommended no more than two days a week in a normal diet,” he said.