Nutritional value of 10 traditional dishes of the United Arab Emirates

Hosam M. Habib, Habiba I. Ali, Wissam H. Ibrahim, Hanan S. Afifi

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    In the present study, 10 traditional dishes commonly consumed in the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) were chemically analyzed for proximate composition and mineral content. In addition, exchange lists for meal planning were developed for those dishes. Significant variations in nutritional value were found among the dishes. Protein content was lowest in chicken harese (3.33%) and highest in maleh (23.57%). The fat content ranged from 1.19% in ragag bread to15.47% in legemat (a sweet dish) while carbohydrate levels ranged from traces in maleh to 76.83% in ragag bread. Significant variations were also observed in major elements and trace elements among the dishes. Data from this study will be useful in calculating nutrient contributions from common traditional dishes in the U.A.E. as well as in planning normal and therapeutic diets. Further studies on the nutritional contributions of other traditional dishes in the U.A.E. are needed.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)526-538
    Number of pages13
    JournalEcology of Food and Nutrition
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2011


    • Exchange lists for meal planning
    • Major elements
    • Nutritional value
    • Proximate composition
    • Trace elements
    • Traditional foods

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Medicine (miscellaneous)
    • Food Science
    • Ecology


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