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Yom Kippur break fasts are notoriously epic — all manner of smoked fishes and delicate pastries are piled high on the best china (or, if you're feeding dozens, paper plates). For many of those gathered around a table heaped with traditional Eastern European delicacies, engaging in the holiday meal is a way to connect with their Jewish roots. Courtesy of Russ & Daughters hide caption

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Favorite Ramadan drinks vary by country. In Jordan and Lebanon, tamer hindi, a tamarind-based beverage (seen above), is often offered alongside qamar al-deen, a thick apricot nectar. Amy E. Robertson for NPR hide caption

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Young Indian children sit with bowls of porridge (nombu kanji) as they prepare to break the fast with the Iftar meal during the Islamic month of Ramadan at The Wallajah Big Mosque in Chennai last July. Arun Sankar/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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It turns out it's difficult to get people to adhere to the various dietary restrictions that come with participating in a fasting study. Xsandra/Getty Images hide caption

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Members of the Jain community in Mumbai, India, protest a High Court order that banned santhara, a practice of fasting until death. Rafiq Maqbool/AP hide caption

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Fasting To The Death: Is It A Religious Rite Or Suicide?

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People following a 5-2 diet would eat lean protein and non-starchy vegetables two days a week. Heather Rousseau/NPR hide caption

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Two-Day Diets: How Mini Fasts Can Help Maximize Weight Loss

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