The following are the key dietary considerations:
1) Fruits and Vegetables
Opt for a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables rich in antioxidants, such as berries, citrus fruits, spinach, and broccoli.
Avoid fava beans and other legumes that may trigger reactions.
Choose lean protein sources like poultry, fish, and dairy products.
Limit intake of red meat, as it can contain components that may exacerbate G6PD deficiency symptoms.
Emphasize whole grains like brown rice, quinoa, and oats for their nutritional benefits.
Steer clear of fava bean flour or products made from it.
Include dairy for calcium and protein, opting for low-fat or fat-free varieties.
Be cautious with certain dairy products containing additives or colorings.
Opt for healthy fats from sources like nuts, seeds, and olive oil.
Minimize intake of saturated fats found in processed and fried foods.
6) Spices and Herbs
Harness the flavorful benefits of Indian spices such as turmeric, ginger, and garlic, known for their anti-inflammatory properties.
Avoid excessive use of asafoetida, also known as hing, which might trigger reactions.
Hydrate with water, herbal teas, and fresh fruit juices.
Limit caffeine intake and avoid tonic water, which may contain quinine.
8) Snacks and Sweets
Enjoy snacks like roasted nuts and seeds.
Choose sweets wisely, avoiding those made with fava beans or food coloring.