Whether after we wake up, or when we have our stomach completely empty, we immediately start thinking of the easiest, most delicious foods to consume, especially when there is no time to cook or even order food. So we try to be smart and eat anything that is healthy, but unfortunately, these things may not be our best choices.
In order to stay healthy, you have to follow a diet that is based on vegetables, fruits, and no sugar. In case it is the morning and your stomach is empty, you have to avoid some of these healthy foods, too. Don’t be confused because here are the 10 healthy foods that you need to avoid in the morning.
#1 – Bananas
Bananas are very healthy fruits that we need to consume every day because they are full of magnesium, fiber, and potassium. But, they are also acidic and contain a lot of sugar, which makes them unhealthy to consume when the stomach is empty.
An empty stomach mixed with acidic foods will cause many issues in the intestines, and consuming a high level of sugar early morning will make you energy-drained only after a couple of hours. To avoid such problems, you should mix the bananas with other foods.
#2 – Pre-mixed Oatmeal
Oatmeal is known to be a very healthy food to consume in breakfast because it is high in vitamins, fiber, protein, and gluten-free. But the instant oatmeal packages are the ones that are not healthy because it is full of salt, sugar, and artificial coloring.
In case you don’t have time to prepare your own regular oatmeal, then choose the plain instant, unsweetened oats, and don’t forget to pay attention to its fiber content and preservative.
#3 – Raw Green Vegetables
I know, green vegetables are healthy and must be consumed as much as we can, but never early in the morning. An empty stomach can’t respond well to vegetables in the morning which may cause gas, irritation, abdominal pain, and bloating.
The reason behind it is that most greens contain insoluble fiber, which is something that must be avoided by anyone having any digestion problem.
#4 – Tomatoes
Speaking of vegetables, tomatoes are to be avoided in the morning too, whether you consider them as a vegetable or a fruit. They are very healthy, delicious, and could make a tasty breakfast.
They are rich in vitamins, nutritious, and low in calories. Yet, it can cause stomach aches and discomfort for similar reasons to green vegetables. After all, tomatoes have soluble astringents which may cause a bad reaction with the gastric acid.
#5 – Yogurt
We all have heard that yogurt mixed with fruits in breakfast promotes weight loss, but unfortunately, not all of them can do that. The yogurts available in stores are not as healthy as it is promoted. They may contain 0% fat but the artificial sweetener is added, and also, not all yogurts have enough protein.
The better option to lose weight and be healthy at the same time is by consuming a plain Greek-style yogurt with a sweetener that you can add yourself, like honey or fruits.
#6 – Citrus Fruits
Anyone who was diagnosed with sensitive stomachs or diabetes should not eat citrus fruits on an empty stomach. Limes, lemons, grapefruit, and oranges are very high-acidic fruits, and if they interact with our digestive juices, it will negatively affect us causing heartburn, irritation, and gastric problems.
In addition to that, any fruit that is high in carbohydrates can be dangerous for diabetics because it raises morning sugar levels. In order to improve your digestive health, you can add walnuts to your breakfast.
#7 – Pears
Pears are sweet, delicious fruits that are very healthy because they are full of potassium, vitamins, and low in calories. However, it is best to avoid them completely in the morning because they contain crude fiber that can ruin the stomach’s delicate mucous membranes, especially if it was a hard pear.
All these facts should not stop you from consuming pears during the day or after lunch and dinner because according to studies, whoever is eating pears is less likely to be obese.
#8 – Cold Beverages
Any cold beverage of any kind on an empty stomach is way too unhealthy than you can expect because not only they can cause irritation to the intestines, but it can also cause bloating and very uncomfortable feeling in the stomach, especially with cold carbonated beverages.
To avoid this issue, you should have a warm glass of water before eating your breakfast, and to also improve your circulation, digestion, and help with weight loss.
#9 – Smoothies
Smoothies in the morning seem to be one of the healthiest decisions, and it is true, as long as it is correctly balanced and mixed with different foods. Otherwise, your smoothie may be too low in protein and calories, while containing carbs (mostly from sugar).
In order to avoid this issue, try to balance it by adding protein and fat like avocado or yogurt, and avoid adding any sweetener. However, drinking your smoothies with scrambled eggs in the morning is one of the best ways to start your day right.
#10 – Cereals
The grand finale is loved and wanted by all people from all different ages and sizes in the morning, and it is cereal. Unfortunately, it made it to this list of unhealthy foods on empty stomach.
The reason is that cereals contain a large number of refined carbs and sugar, which can eventually spike your insulin and blood sugar level, leading you to crave sugary and unhealthy snacks.
According to 2013 study, people who consume eggs for breakfast instead of cereal felt fuller longer and didn’t crave any snacks comparing to the ones who consume cereal every morning. In general, scrambling eggs may take you longer, but it will help you to stay stronger and healthier.