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Bagels, burgers, muffins, cereal, waffles, doughnuts….the lists online are endless.
And for you, stuck in rush hour headed to work, endless isn’t good enough. I agree.
Today’s list not only ends quickly, but more importantly chooses the foods for reasons you most likely weren’t aware of.
So without further ado, let’s make your commute less boring:
Probably the biggest shock on this list…but not without reason.
While it is true that coffee is healthy for you, providing benefits such as “fiber and cavity prevention“, drinking coffee on an empty stomach can be harmful.
According to Brooke Nelson in his article for Business Insider, “the acid could damage your stomach’s lining and cause indigestion and heartburn.”
Furthermore, it can “it can give you jitters, shakes and mood changes” explains Dr. Adam Simon, chief medical officer at PushDoctor.co.uk.
As an avid drinker of coffee on an empty stomach in high school, I can confirm.
Once again, the exception is an empty stomach. Coffee is great in the morning, just remember to consume it with something heavy!
The health benefits of yogurt are staggering…but not so much for breakfast.
The most important thing to keep in mind with breakfast is an empty stomach and when it comes to eating, it shouldn’t be undermined.
According to an article for BCDaily, yogurt’s large concentration of lactic acid bacteria “enhances immune system function, prevents and shortens diarrhea and improves lactose digestion.”
Unfortunately, these benefits come up short on an empty stomach.
The reason being, your stomach is too acidic for the bacteria and it kills them off.
However, if you’re just looking for quick calories and not concerned with the benefits, by all means, grab a yogurt and go!
Homemade smoothies are great…but maybe not in the morning.
Too much sugar, regardless of the source, merits unhealthy effects such as “increased risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes” according to Catriona Jenner from Healthline.
“What makes the morning so different?” you might ask.
Well, we have to keep in mind that we have the entire day ahead of us.
Fruit CAN have an impact on your blood sugar if too much is consumed and thus, we have to mindful of potential sugar spikes and sugar crashes.
Steve Kamb (Nerd Fitness) recommends consuming “fruits with a low glycemic index as well as organic” to mitigate these effects.
Keep in mind, smoothies may contain ungodly amounts of sugar, but fruits alone do not.
Grab an apple or orange and you’re golden!
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- “20+ Good Health Reasons To Drink Coffee.” Caffeine Informer, http://www.caffeineinformer.com/7-good-reasons-to-drink-coffee.
- “20 Foods to Eat and Avoid on an Empty Stomach.” BrightSide, 13 Apr. 2017, brightside.me/inspiration-health/20-foods-to-eat-and-avoid-on-an-empty-stomach-253710/.
- Digest, Reader’s. “Why You Should Never Drink Coffee on an Empty Stomach.” Business Insider, Business Insider, 9 Nov. 2017, http://www.businessinsider.com/why-not-to-drink-coffee-on-an-empty-stomach-2017-11.
- Kamb, Steve. “Everything You Need to Know About Sugar.” Nerd Fitness, 23 Mar. 2018, http://www.nerdfitness.com/blog/everything-you-need-to-know-about-sugar/.
- Spritzler, Franziska. “The 10 Worst Foods to Eat in the Morning.” Healthline, Healthline Media, 2016, http://www.healthline.com/nutrition/10-worst-foods-in-the-morning#section5.
- “The Probiotic Effects of Lactic Acid Bacteria.” BC Dairy, bcdairy.ca/milk/articles/the-probiotic-effects-of-lactic-acid-bacteria.