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What You Can & Can't Eat on an Empty Stomach

Edited By: David Borg
 

Did you know that there are certain kinds of food which should never be ideally consumed on an empty stomach, since they may cause a number of ill effects? Read on to find out which ones are the worst offenders, as well as which foods you should opt for instead.

 

 

Foods to Avoid on an Empty Stomach

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1. Spices

Eating spicy food on an empty stomach can be very harsh on your digestive system. This is because spices trigger the release of gastric acid, which may result in you developing a number of nasty gastric disorders.

2. Bananas

Despite being rich in magnesium, eating bananas on an empty stomach could end up elevating this mineral's blood levels, which could have a negative effect on your heart health.

3. Citrus Fruits

Citrus fruits contain a lot of citric acids, and this may damage your mucous membranes, leading to gastritis and heartburn when consumed alone.

4. Food Containing Yeast

Pastries, bread, and other types of food made with yeast can end up increasing your body’s natural yeast content when eaten on an empty stomach. When your yeast levels get too high, you may end up suffering from gastric or oral infections, as well as unsightly skin eruptions.

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5. Green Veggies

Eating green vegetables on an empty stomach may end up causing excess gas or heartburn due to the great amount of roughage they contain.

6. Tomatoes

Tomatoes contain large amounts of tannic acid, which end up further acid production in the digestive tract. High levels of acid there can end up leading to a number of gastric disorders.

 

7. Cold Carbonated Drinks

The carbonation that soft drinks contain could be harmful to your body's delicate mucosa. Additionally, cold drinks tend to slow your blood circulation, which could result in indigestion.

8. Yogurt

While yogurt typically contains plenty of healthy probiotics, when taken on an empty stomach most of their benefits are negated, due to the healthy bacteria being destroyed by your stomach acid.
 

Foods to Eat on an Empty Stomach

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1. Oatmeal

Oatmeal contains a brilliant mixture of fiber, essential minerals, and slow-burning carbohydrates. Together, they may help lower levels of bad cholesterol, as well as helping in blood pressure regulation.

2. Honey

Apart from being rich in minerals, amino acids, and B vitamins, honey's texture, consistency, and antimicrobial elements boost the immune system, prevent gastrointestinal diseases, and even reduce the symptoms of upper respiratory problems.

3. Eggs

Eggs are complete proteins which are full of beneficial minerals and can be safely consumed at any time in the day. These minerals have the ability to give your memory a boost, aid in brain development, and even prevent eye-related diseases.

4. Nuts

Nuts are a natural source of protein which are also rich in vitamins, minerals, omega-3 fatty acids, and even antioxidants. Consuming just a handful of nuts will also help you keep hunger pangs at bay.

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5. Watermelon

This delicious fruit balances out your electrolyte and fluid levels, while also supplying your body with plenty of powerful vitamins. Watermelon contains antioxidants called flavonoids, which protect the tissues and organs from the effects of infections and aging.

6. Whole-Grain Bread

Entirely yeast-free, this type of bread is a fantastic source of magnesium, iron, and selenium, which boost the immune system and prevent anemia. The fiber it contains will help maintain your gastrointestinal regularity, while also regulating cholesterol levels, and keeping hunger pangs at bay.

7. Blueberries

These wonderful berries are full of vitamins A, C, and E, as well as antioxidants, which can prevent the development of cancers, aging, and degenerative diseases.

8. Buckwheat

Buckwheat is an invaluable source of iron, B vitamins, fiber, protein, and minerals. These fibrous seeds not only help regulate your cholesterol levels but may also keep your digestive system properly functioning.

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