Kübra Tekay, a nutrition and diet expert, warned against excessive meat consumption during Eid al-Adha and educated people about healthy eating. Tekay, who made suggestions on how to eat during the Eid al-Adha, said: “We recommend patients, diabetes, blood pressure, cholesterol and heart patients to continue their routines without disrupting their diet during this period. We want to provide nutritional recommendations that healthy individuals should pay attention to to avoid gastrointestinal disorders such as indigestion, bloating and constipation. Starting the day with a routine and healthy breakfast that you always do is the right step. Since the consumption of meats and sweets increases during this time, it is helpful to stay away from heavy foods such as fried eggs for breakfast and animal foods to avoid going into a food group. If sugary foods like baklava and sweets are to be consumed, we don’t want products like jam, honey and molasses to be consumed for breakfast. Do not neglect many fruits and vegetables. In the section from breakfast to dinner, it is useful to have a snack. Because if the snack is not made, the dinner is suddenly loaded and can be overconsumed. If dessert is to be eaten between meals, a serving of baklava or other sorbet desserts can be consumed. Sugary foods can be weighed down with tea, coffee or a glass of ayran.
“We do not recommend consuming meat the first day after slaughter”
Stressing the importance of the method of cooking meat, Tekay drew attention to dinner, where meat consumption is most intense, saying, “We recommend starting dinner with a soup. Cold soups with yogurt and ayran may be preferable for those who do not want to drink soup due to the summer heat. It is always healthier to cook meat together with vegetables, not alone. If it is not cooked with vegetables, we definitely recommend one of the oven-cooked or roasted vegetables or a salad with lots of vegetables in addition to the meat. We recommend not roasting or broiling meat and consuming it in the oven, boiled or grilled. We do not recommend using or consuming the meat directly on the first day after the meat is slaughtered during Eid al-Adha. Instead, meat should be kept and rested for 24 hours in a cold and cool environment. We recommend putting the bag in the fridge the next day, which jar and how many servings it will be in, and throwing it in the freezer or freezer. It is also wrong to take the meat out of the refrigerator and defrost it with hot water. Bacterial growth can occur very quickly, so we recommend defrosting the meat under the fridge,” he said.