UNAIR NEWS – Lebaran is one of the expected moments for moslems in Indonesia. It is usually identical with fatty and sweet food. Mostly, families will chicken coconut milk stew (opor, gulai) and spicy chopped potatoes to sweet cookies like kaastangel, cookies with sugar powder and pineapple filled cookies. Without realizing its risk to our bodies, we eat the food.
According to Triska Susila Nindya, MPH, a lecturer of Department of Nutrition, Faculty of Public Health (FKM) Universitas Airlangga (UNAIR) we should eat wisely.
“Something we often forget during Eid-ul-Fitr is vegetables and fruit. It happens because we often eat meat, even cookies like pineapple filled cookies and kaastangel contain butter. It is source of fat and there is also sugar. Unconsciously, sugar and fat is accumulated in the body,” said Triska.
To young people, food with fat and sugar dominating is not really affecting. But, for adults and old people, fat and sugar excessive consumption will cause degenerative diseases like diabetes and hyper-cholesterol.
To avoid the risk, people should balance it by consuming vegetables, fruit and exercise routinely. “In principle, what we eat is equal to what we waste. We are often unaware, by the time we get back to work or college, we gain weight,” she added.
Triska also said that, her department always encouraged the people to limit food consumption. “Actually, there isn’t any food should be avoided. Everything is okay but should be limited. We often forget about it. Because of delicious cookies, without realizing it we eat almost a jar. One of three cookies are okay but we must wise in controlling or appetite,” she said.
Many complaints often heard after Eid holiday such as uric acid, hypertension, and diarrhea. According to Triska, it relates closely with life style and eating pattern. “We usually eat without thinking about its hygiene and sanitary. It can cause diarrhea. Some after holding money we eat without washing hands, it will increase infection disease transmission like diarrhea. So, there are infectious and non-communicable diseases,” added Triska.(*)
Author: Defrina Sukma S.
Editor: Nuri Hermawan