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Fasting During Ramadan: Nutrition and Health Impacts and Food Safety Recommendations



Authors as Published

Carlin Rafie, Assistant Professor, Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise, Virginia Tech, and Extension Specialist, Virginia Cooperative Extension; Maria Sohail, Extension Agent, Food Safety, Virginia Cooperative Extension Loudoun County Office

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To fast is to “abstain from all or some kinds of food or drink, especially as a religious observance” (Oxford Dictionaries Online 2016). It has been practiced worldwide in some form or other since the time of ancient civilizations and has been used for religious, cultural, and political purposes.

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Publication Date

March 18, 2022