20 Foods to Eat And Avoid on an Empty Stomach

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What to eat on an empty stomach? What should you avoid eating on an empty stomach? Only a few people are aware that some foods are not very good for us if eaten on an empty stomach.

Yogurt, a cup of coffee, and fresh orange juice — this is what most people probably picture when they think of a perfect breakfast. However, we at Bright Side have created a simple infographic that will guide you through what we should eat and what we should avoid in the morning.

Shortcrust and puff pastries 0:33
Any sweets 0:58
Yogurt and other fermented milk products 1:29
Pears 1:56
Tomatoes 2:24
Cucumbers and other green vegetables 3:00
Bananas 3:34
Spicy foods 4:08
Cold carbonated drinks 4:43
Citrus fruits 5:11

– No more orange juice in the morning! Citrus fruits are rich in fruit acids. When eaten on an empty stomach, they can cause heartburn and increase the risks of gastritis and even gastric ulcers.
– Also, shortcrust and puff pastries aren’t the best solution for your morning meal. This food contains yeast, so it irritates the lining of your stomach and may cause flatulence.
– What else to avoid? It may sound strange to you, but eating yogurt and other fermented milk products for breakfast has little benefit for your body. If you eat them on an empty stomach, then hydrochloric acid, formed in the stomach, kills the lactic acid bacteria.
– Finally, if you eat bananas when your stomach is empty, this will lead to a sharp increase in the amount of magnesium in the blood which may harm your heart.

Have we missed out anything you’re aware of? Let us know in the comments below.

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