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7 Foods You Should Never Have On An Empty Stomach

   |  Updated: August 21, 2017 22:41 IST

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7 Foods You Should Never Have On An Empty Stomach
Highlights
  • Certain foods may wreak havoc with your gut if eaten on an empty stomach
  • You should give your digestive system some time to start functioning
  • Eat breakfast at least two hours after you wake up
It may not always be right to eat what we feel like! The first thing we eat in the morning sets forth the course of the day. Certain foods may wreak havoc with your gut if eaten on an empty stomach. We asked Clinical Nutritionist, Dr. Rupali Datta to help us out here and suggest foods or drinks that we should avoid having on an empty stomach. She also advises that you should give your digestive system some time to start functioning after long hours of sleep and should eat breakfast at least two hours after you wake up. Up ahead, seven foods that may not do good to you if had on an empty stomach.

1. Spicy food 

Eating spices and chillies on an empty stomach may irritate the stomach lining which can lead to acidic reactions and cramps. They are pungent in nature and can trigger indigestion. 
 
green chillies

2. Sugary foods or drinks

Though majority of us are under the impression that it is healthy to have a glass of fruit juice to start your day, it may not be the case. Dr. Rupali suggests not to start your day with a tall glass of fruit juice as it may put an extra load on the pancreas that are still waking up after long hours of rest. With the stomach being empty, sugar in the form of fructose in fruits can cause an overload on your liver. Processed sugar is even worse, so avoid breakfast desserts or overly sweet smoothies
 
juices

3. Aerated drinks

Aerated drinks are bad for our health no matter what time of the day it may be, but they are even worse when consumed on an empty stomach as the carbonated acids mix with the stomach acids causing various health issues like nausea and gas. Your stomach excretes acid to help in the digestion of your food, and if there’s no food in your tummy,  you’re just introducing additional acid into your digestive system which might lead to stomach cramps or pain.
fizzy drinks

4. Cold beverages

You must have heard that it is best to start the day with warm water and honey, yet many of us give into the temptation of chugging a glass of iced coffee instead. Drinking iced beverages on an empty stomach may damage your mucous membrane and make your digestion sluggish through the day whereas lukewarm beverages help kick starting your system and your metabolism
 
cold coffee

5. Citrus fruits

Fruits are always very healthy if they are eaten at the right time. Eating citrus fruits on an empty stomach may increase acid production. Moreover, too much fiber and fructose in fruits can also make slow down your digestive system if eaten on an empty stomach. You should especially avoid eating fruits with tough fibers like guava and oranges early morning. 
 
citrus fruits

6. Raw vegetables

This one is specially for those who are diet conscious and believe that salads are great anytime of the day. Raw vegetables or a salad may not be the best thing to eat on an empty stomach. They are full of coarse fiber which may put an extra load on an empty stomach. They can also cause flatulence and abdominal pain when eaten on an empty stomach.
 
green vegetables

7. Coffee

Starting the day with a cup of coffee is a very common practice. It seems to be an easy way of breaking from sleep, but drinking coffee on an empty stomach may lead to acidity. It stimulates the secretion of hydrochloric acid in the digestive system which cause gastritis in some people.
 
coffee


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