Ever since I was a child, the first thing I do in the morning is grab something to eat. I just can’t function properly until I get my breakfast. I know there are many people who love to start their day with a cup of coffee. There are also some who can postpone their breakfast for hours after they get up.
I don’t belong in either of those groups. I usually grab my breakfast 15 to 30 minutes after getting up. I know you’ve probably heard the saying “breakfast is the most important meal of the day,” but one thing that isn’t said as often is “what is a quality breakfast”? And what should you avoid eating on an empty stomach?
One of the common foods you’ll find on the list of foods to avoid is fruit. While it’s true that you should eat as many fruits and vegetables as possible, it’s also true that you shouldn’t start the day with certain fruits and veggies. Here they are.
No matter how healthy some foods are, you just shouldn’t eat them on an empty stomach. Tomatoes are a perfect example. They are extremely rich in vitamins, antioxidants, and micro and macro nutrients. However, you can’t consume them on an empty stomach because they increase the acidity of your stomach, which in turn can put extreme pressure on the stomach, causing a stomachache.
For people who already suffer from ulcers and/or acid reflux, tomatoes are that much more dangerous in the morning.
As mentioned, you shouldn’t increase the acidity of your stomach in the morning. Since citrus fruits are some of the best foods when it comes to increasing acidity, it’s best to avoid them in the morning so they don’t irritate your stomach. There are fruits that are a good alternative for breakfast and a morning snack, and we will get to them later.
It is, however, good to get some oranges, lemons, and grapefruits later in the morning. After all, they are extremely rich in vitamin C, fiber, minerals, and antioxidants.
We talked about how healthy tomatoes are, but that you shouldn’t eat them on an empty stomach. On the fruit side, the perfect example for that scenario is the banana. You can argue that the banana is the healthiest fruit out there, but you shouldn’t start your day with a banana; eating a banana on an empty stomach will cause a sharp increase of magnesium in your blood. And while magnesium is great, it’s not so great on an empty stomach.
However, if you combine a banana with some foods that are good on an empty stomach, well, that’s a different scenario. But as a general rule of thumb, grab your breakfast, and then have a banana as a snack.
Short crust or puff pastry
In other words, avoid the continental breakfast. Croissants and Danishes are delicious. One can argue that they are one of the most delicious breakfast options.
However, croissants are rich in yeast, an ingredient that will irritate your stomach lining. As a result, you’ll be hit by flatulence, and I’m sure you don’t want that.
As with many other foods on the list, spices damage and irritate the gastric mucosa. As a result, the acid production in the stomach is increased. So, put those spices away in the morning. Once you get your healthy breakfast, you can start consuming spices and spicy food. This applies especially for healthy spices like garlic and onion.
This is a no-brainer. It goes without saying that carbonated drinks are extremely harmful to your health. Not just in the morning, but throughout the day. Carbonated drinks are extremely high in sugar, and not in a good way.
Now, there are fruits that are high in natural sugar, and they’re great for a morning snack. Sugar gives you an energy boost and all that. But sugar from carbonated drinks? That will cause spikes in your insulin levels and energy levels. You’ll get the energy boost for a brief period of time, but you’ll feel exhausted after an hour or two.
Coffee and tea
I know many people have the habit of drinking a cup of coffee in the morning. And yes, it’s tempting to turn on the coffee pot the moment you get up from bed. However, that’s not in your stomach’s best interest. Drinking coffee on an empty stomach can be troublesome for your stomach, increase acid levels, and even cause vomiting or constipation.
Drink it any way you like it, but coffee in the morning actually slows down the digestion of foods. As a result, you experience bloating, gases and inflammation of the bowel.
What should you eat?
So, with all those recommendations as to what to avoid in the morning on an empty stomach, I’m sure you have questions. As in, what should you eat? Well, there are a lot of healthy options. And some of them are fruit, as I mentioned previously.
- Let’s start with the fruit that you can eat, like kiwi fruit and apple. They are rich in fiber as well as vitamins, and they do not increase the acidity of your stomach.
- Watermelon is another great option as it improves your heart and eye health. Watermelon is rich in lycopene, a natural chemical that provides fruit with its red color.
- Blueberries are another excellent fruit choice. Truth be told, you can’t go wrong with any berry option, as all of them are rich in antioxidants and nutrients that improve blood pressure and boost metabolism.
- Oatmeal is the classic breakfast. Loaded with fiber, oatmeal will improve your digestion and lower cholesterol levels. And all that while you increase your metabolic fat burn rate.
- Eggs are another classic staple for breakfast. Packed with protein and lots of other healthy nutrients, eggs will keep you full and regulate your blood sugar levels.
- Buckwheat is another option that is rich in protein and iron. Same as oatmeal, buckwheat improves your digestion.
- Cornmeal porridge is great to remove toxins from your body in the morning. Cornmeal also balances your intestinal microflora, which balances your digestion. In addition, you feel full for a long period of time.
- Honey acts in the same way as caffeine; it will help you to awaken your body. But unlike coffee, honey will provide your body with energy that will last through the entire day.
- Nuts are high in protein and healthy fats. There is a reason why one of the best breakfast options is nuts and oatmeal. This breakfast will help you balance the pH level in your stomach and reduce stomach acids.
- Last, but not least, we have papaya on our list. A fruit loaded with vitamins (C and E), as well as fiber, papaya is on the list for its papain content. Forget the vitamins and fiber—papain is the enzyme that you need, as it aids in digestion and reduces the risk of colon cancer.