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What to watch out for if you are fasting during Lent

Lent, the forty-day period of fasting that precedes Easter, is for many an opportunity for detoxification.

Abstaining from meat and fats can have positive effects not only on achieving a healthy body weight, but also on health in general.

According to nutritionists, following fasting reduces the intake of saturated fats, improves the levels of cholesterol, triglycerides and the function of the gastrointestinal tract.

Furthermore, the foods we eat during fasting (fruits, vegetables, cereals, nuts) are rich in antioxidants.

Of course, if we consume foods that contain only simple carbohydrates and starchy foods during fasting, then it is possible to end up consuming more calories.

Seafood, legumes, mushrooms, sesame seeds and nuts are the main sources of protein during the fasting period.

Finally, experts recommend regular consumption of vegetables, such as broccoli and spinach, and legumes, such as lentils and beans as well as basic sources of iron when meat is missing from the table.

Keep in mind that since iron of plant origin is absorbed in small amounts it is also recommended to eat foods rich in vitamin C (peppers, citrus fruits, Brussels sprouts).

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