It is patently obvious that missing breakfast is not healthy, since it is the most important meal of the day. Not many people know, though, that you can’t eat anything you want in the morning, that certain foods aren’t as healthy for us if they’re eaten on an empty stomach.
If we think about breakfast, we generally think about fresh orange juice, spicy foods, or maybe some yoghurt. Unfortunately, the food options I have just stated are all big mistakes for breakfast.
They’re only bad options for breakfast because it’s the first meal of the day. This means that we’re eating these foods with an empty stomach. While some of these things are obviously safe for us, they are sometimes not so good when consumed on an empty stomach. Read on to see why:
- Sugary Foods or Drink:
Most of us feel like it’s healthy to have a glass of fruit juice to start the day, but maybe not. Starting your day with a tall glass of fruit juice would put an extra load on the pancreas. With the empty stomach, sugar in the form of fruit fructose can cause an excess load on the liver. Processed sugar is much worse, so skip breakfast desserts or over-sweet smoothies.
- Aerated Drinks:
Aerated beverages are harmful to our health no matter what time of day they may be consumed, but they are even worse when drunk on an empty stomach as carbonated acids combine with stomach acids and cause numerous health complications such as nausea and gas. Your stomach secretes acid to help in digesting your food if there’s no food in your stomach, so you’re only bringing extra acid through your digestive tract that might contribute to stomach cramps or discomfort.
- Citrus Fruits:
Fruits are very nutritious to have but you might be surprised to know that there is a right time or way to eat your fruits. Eating citrus fruit on an empty stomach can accelerate the formation of acid. In comparison, too much fibre and fructose in fruit will even slow down the digestive tract if it is consumed on an empty stomach. In particular, try to cut down on consuming fruit with tough fibres such as guava and oranges early in the morning.
A very popular habit is to start the day with a cup of coffee. Coffee can massively help with waking up in the morning, but drinking coffee on an empty stomach will lead to acidity. It induces the secretion of hydrochloric acid in your digestive system, which triggers gastritis in certain individuals.
- Raw Vegetables like a cucumber:
Raw vegetables are a rich source of amino acids. However, particularly when eaten on an empty stomach, they can trigger heartburn, flatulence, and abdominal pain. A lot of you would say what’s wrong with cucumbers, but in the morning the stomach doesn’t emit enough stomach juice. This could make it difficult for cucumbers to digest and cause stomach pain. You can keep a cucumber as a snack for your in-between meal.
Consuming fermented milk products such as yoghurt on an empty stomach makes lactic acid bacteria found in yoghurt inactive due to high levels of stomach acid. Moreover, owing to the high levels of acidity, the stomach develops hydrochloric acid, which contributes to acidity.
While pears are usually a nutritious snack full of vitamins, potassium and low in calories, it is recommended to avoid consuming pears for breakfast. Pears contain crude fibre that can destroy the sensitive mucous membranes of the stomach when consumed on an empty stomach. This is particularly true of hard pears.
This is not to suggest that you should skip pears entirely. In reality, some studies suggest that people who eat pears are less likely to become overweight and appear to have a better quality diet.
It is recommended that you start your day with oatmeal, buckwheat or eggs in any form – boiled, poached, fried. Oats envelop the abdominal liner and lower cholesterol concentrations. Buckwheat, in particular, strengthens the digestive tract and enriches the body with iron, proteins and vitamins.
Dry fruit is a nice choice to add to the menu. Walnuts, almonds, or dates are a combination of nutrients and energy that helps to develop a healthy immune system.
Favourite food for many is an omelette, which is not only tasty and satisfying but also helps sustain a healthy balance of blood sugar, contributing to a lower appetite.
So refresh your breakfast menu today! Well, good health is a good wealth.