16 Foods to Eat and Avoid on an Empty Stomach

Did you know that there are some foods that seem healthy, but we really shouldn’t be eating them on an empty stomach? Well yes, and there are other foods, that are really great for us – if we consume them on an empty stomach. So, how do we know which are good and which are bad for us? Well, it’s very simple – you just have to take a look at the article below and find out more about this.

Here are some the foods to avoid, and some alternatives to ensure your start to the day is healthy and satisfying:

NO: High sugar fruit juices

You shouldn’t drink classic fruit juices, because they’re a full of refined sugar. Yes, and this will lead to a sharp spike in your blood sugar levels leaving you less satisfied and vulnerable to energy dips and cravings throughout the day. So, you should avoid high sugar fruit juices and drink water instead. You’ll feel much better.

YES: Oatmeal

Oatmeal – one of the healthiest foods in the world. Yes, oatmeal is awesome. It creates a protective coating around the lining of the stomach. How this works – well, this actually prevents hydrochloric acid from damaging stomach walls. It also contains soluble fiber, which lowers cholesterol levels and improves digestion and the metabolizing of vital minerals, proteins, and carbohydrates. Note: and, one last thing – oatmeal will also keep you full longer than yogurt.

NO: Tomatoes

No, you shouldn’t consume tomatoes on an empty stomach and this is the reason why: if you suffer from acid reflux or stomach ulcers currently, avoiding (or largely reducing) tomatoes is a must. Tomatoes may taste great in our omelets or grilled on the side of a Sunday fry-up, but they contain very high levels of tannic acid, also increasing acidity in the stomach and worsening your reflux symptoms.

YES: Eggs

We all love eggs, right? They are loaded with healthy nutrients and protein. Eggs are a very filling and healthy breakfast item. Whether you like your eggs scrambled, poached or boiled, they have been shown to significantly cut your daily calorie intake.

YES: Blueberries

We can easily say that blueberries are one of the healthiest fruits on the planet! Why – well, that’s easy to answer. Because they are low in calories, they improve memory, improve blood pressure and circulation and improve metabolism. Their benefits are augmented when consumed for breakfast! These are the best ways to incorporate blueberries in your healthy diet – you can put them on oatmeal, eat them in a fruit salad, or just pick at them on your own.

YES: Watermelon

First of all, you should know that this super healthy fruit is an excellent option for those who crave their fruit fix in the morning. It provides you with a good amount of fluid when consumed on an empty stomach, and improves the health of your eyes and heart, due to its high levels of lycopene.

NO: Coffee or Tea

Do you drink coffee or tea in the morning, on an empty stomach – immediately after you wake up? Well, if your answer is yes, then you should be careful. Yes, make sure you’re pairing your morning caffeine fix with something else! According to the experts, consuming tea on an empty stomach can sometimes cause nausea and stomach discomfort. Coffee on an empty stomach can further increase stomach acidity and worsen symptoms of reflux or gastritis.

YES: Nuts

We all know that nuts are not typically thought of as a breakfast food item, but they are good for you and you can consume them on an empty stomach. Nut’s contain high amounts of healthy fats and protein. If eaten for breakfast, they can improve your digestive health by normalizing the pH levels of your stomach, decreasing the risk of ulcers and excess stomach acid.

NO: Citrus Fruits

Yes, you should definitely avoid citrus fruits for breakfast. Here’s what you need to know – citrus fruits such as grapefruits and oranges can irritate an already inflamed lower esophagus and may need to be limited or avoided, especially when having them on an empty stomach.

YES: Papaya

First of all, you should know that papaya releases a powerful enzyme called papain, which is thought to aid digestion and reduce the risk of colon cancer by clearing free radicals from the digestive tract. This super healthy frit is loaded with fiber, vitamin E, and vitamin C, all very necessary for healthy food digestion.

NO: Short Crust/Puff Pastry

Ladies and gentlemen, you should think twice about a continental breakfast. Well, croissants and Danishes might sound like a tempting start to your day, but they contain yeast, a type of bacteria that irritates the lining of the stomach that may cause flatulence.

YES: Buckwheat

You should definitely consume buckwheat for breakfast, because it gently stimulates digestion. You should also know that buckwheat is a great source of protein, iron, and vitamins, and is incredibly malleable, add it to smoothies, make pancakes and waffles, or make them into buckwheat bars for breakfast on the go.

YES: Wheat Germ

I really think that you’ll be amazed when we tell you that just two tablespoons of wheat germ can provide 15% of the recommended daily value of vitamin E and 10% of the recommended daily value of folic acid. Wheat germ will help your digestive system run smoothly.

NO: Carbonated Drinks

Soda consumption is one of the leading causes of obesity in the United States, but even sugar-free carbonated benefits are not recommended on an empty stomach. Drinking them in the morning can damage mucous membranes and reduce blood supply to the stomach, making food digest more slowly, which can cause constipation.

YES: Whole Grains (no yeast)

Why whole grains? Well, that’s easy to answer – because whole grains contain complex carbohydrates, which are part of a healthy diet. The best time to eat this product is early in the morning, so you can spend your day burning off those carbohydrates. Whole grain toast or whole grain pancakes or waffles are the most common examples.

YES: Cornmeal Porridge

The nutritionists claim that cornmeal porridge removes toxins and heavy metals from your system. This super healthy ingredient also normalizes the intestinal micro flora and keeps you feeling full and satisfied for a long time.

BOTTOM LINE:

Ladies and gentlemen, make sure that your stomach’s acid levels are normal and healthy. And, one last thing – by protecting your stomach and getting the proper nutrients, you can significantly influence the rest of your day, as well as your long-term health. Knowing what foods protect your stomach, and what foods may harm them will help to shape your future health. We really hope you enjoyed this article and don’t forget to share it with your friends and family. Thank You and have a good one.

via The Hearty Soul