As the holy month of Ramadan continues, a rumor has been circulating on the internet that Muslims should avoid breaking their fast with carbonated drinks due to potential harm to their kidneys. However, is there any truth to this claim?
Since the start of Ramadan, numerous forwarded WhatsApp messages have flooded the internet, warning Muslims not to break their fast with fizzy or carbonated drinks.
These messages claim that a renowned kidney specialist, Dr Adib Rizvi, has issued the warning.
However, our independent findings have revealed that this claim is false.
The Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT), which Dr Rizvi founded, issued a statement on May 1, 2018, debunking this health advice.
The social media team of Pakistan's top urology institute confirmed that Rizvi or SIUT had not issued any such statement.
In fact, a similar incident occurred in 2017, prompting SIUT to issue a similar denial.
Dr Syed Adeebul Hasan Rizvi, also known as Adibul Hasan Rizvi, is a Pakistani philanthropist, doctor, and renal transplant, surgeon.
He founded SIUT, the largest kidney transplant centre in Pakistan and is affiliated with the nearby Civil Hospital, Karachi.
Similarly, Dr Nureni Adefenwa, a physician at a private hospital in Ogun State, told AllNews Nigeria that throughout his years in medical practice, he did not come across any finding that pointed at any harm in breaking fast with carbonated drinks.
"I have been in this field for close to 40 years, and I have not heard of anything like that", he said when contacted by AllNews Nigeria.
In conclusion, there is no scientific evidence to support the claim that breaking fast with carbonated drinks is harmful to the kidneys.
Muslims can break their fast with any beverage they choose, including carbonated drinks, without fear of kidney damage.