16 Foods to Eat and Avoid on an Empty Stomach

Breaking the fast is a ritual that humans perform every morning, and most people think they know what constitutes an appropriate breakfast. Believe it or not, there are some foods that seem healthy, that we really shouldn’t be eating on an empty stomach. Here are some the foods to avoid, and some alternatives to ensure your start to the day is healthy and satisfying.

Don’t: High sugar fruit juices

Classic fruit juices are full of refined sugar leading to a sharp spike in your blood sugar levels leaving you less satisfied and vulnerable to energy dips and cravings throughout the day.

Do: Oatmeal

Oatmeal creates a protective coating around the lining of the stomach. This prevents hydrochloric acid from damaging stomach walls. It also contains soluble fiber, which lowers cholesterol levels (1) and improves digestion and the metabolizing of vital minerals, proteins, and carbohydrates. Oatmeal will also keep you full longer than yogurt.

Don’t: Tomatoes

If you suffer from acid reflux or stomach ulcers currently, avoiding (or largely reducing) tomatoes is a must. Tomatoes may taste great in our omelets or grilled on the side of a Sunday fry-up, but they contain very high levels of tannic acid, also increasing acidity in the stomach and worsening your reflux symptoms.

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