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September 26 2021 7:28 PM ˚

Experts advise Jordanians to eat more vegetables, less ‘mamul’

This year, the Ministry of Health warned citizens against eating more than 200g of red meat and liver and advised them to add vegetables and brown bread to their diets, according to Jordan News Agency
This year, the Ministry of Health warned citizens against eating more than 200g of red meat and liver and advised them to add vegetables and brown bread to their diets, according to Jordan News Agency, Petra. (Photo: Unsplash)
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AMMAN — Muslims are celebrating Eid Al-Adha for a second time during the COVID-19 pandemic.اضافة اعلان

This year, the Ministry of Health warned citizens against eating more than 200g of red meat and liver and advised them to add vegetables and brown bread to their diets, according to Jordan News Agency, Petra.

Dentist Deema Al-Zoubi noticed an increase in toothache cases linked to the intake of mamul, or traditional eid cookies. Eating mamul without moderation leads to mouth acidization, making it fertile soil for bacteria. 

Nutritionist Nisreen Al-Tarifi also stated that overeating cookies during eid can cause abdominal distress and lead to weight gain, since mamul is full in fat.   

Nonetheless, she said, mamul can also be healthy because it consists of nutrients such as carbohydrates, protein, fat, spices, and nuts, which provide the body with vitamins.     

Fouzeh Al-Bostagi, who has been baking and selling mamul for five years, said that the economic ramifications of the pandemic affected her business as she saw a decline in the number of people ordering cookies this year.

Head of the University of Jordan’s history department, Abul Hadi Al-Qaayda, and researcher Nabeel Amari stated that cookie making dates to Egypt’s Tulunid Dynasty.

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