HealthYogurt for breakfast: More harm than good? Four foods to avoid on an empty stomach

Yogurt for breakfast: More harm than good? Four foods to avoid on an empty stomach

What products should not be eaten on an empty stomach?
What products should not be eaten on an empty stomach?
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9:19 AM EST, December 16, 2023

1. Yogurt

Yogurt is often perceived as a healthy breakfast option due to its probiotic properties. However, consuming yogurt on an empty stomach is not recommended. The gastric acid present in a fasting stomach can obliterate the lactic acid bacteria that are beneficial for our intestines. This could significantly reduce the probiotic benefits of yogurt.

In addition, the lactic acid in yogurt may stimulate increased production of stomach acid, causing discomfort or heartburn in some individuals.

2. Citrus Fruits

Citrus fruits like oranges, grapefruits, or lemons are rich in citric acid and high in ascorbic acid (vitamin C). Consuming them on an empty stomach can irritate the gastric mucosa, elevating the risk of heartburn or ulcers.

The acid content in citrus fruits can also cause discomfort among those with sensitive stomachs. Hence, it's preferable to have citrus fruits during or post-meals to reduce their direct impact on the gastric mucosa.

3. Cold Beverages

Having cold beverages on an empty stomach can jolt the digestive system. The abrupt shifting of temperature in the stomach can trigger muscle contraction, hindering the digestion process. Additionally, cold beverages may momentarily 'freeze' digestive enzymes and mucus production, potentially weakening digestion and nutrient absorption.

It's advisable to avoid cold beverages, especially in the morning, switching instead to warm beverages to stimulate digestion more efficiently.

4. Raw Vegetables

Although raw vegetables are a rich source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals, they can be difficult to digest on an empty stomach. Eating them as soon as you wake up may result in increased production of stomach acid, bloating, and stomach discomfort.

For individuals suffering from a sensitive digestive system or stomach problems like irritable bowel syndrome, consuming raw vegetables on an empty stomach may aggravate the issues.

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