It is no secret that what we eat can have an effect on us. So can the time of day when we choose to eat it. Even the most nutritious superfoods can have a bad effect on us if consumed during the wrong period.
For example, while fruit is considered healthy, and rightly so, consuming some types of fruit during night time may increase your blood sugar levels.
On the other hand, even consuming something healthy on a full stomach is pointless since the meal you had beforehand could very well hinder your body in absorbing the nutrients the healthy food can offer.
Here’s something else best to be avoided: chowing down on nutritious food in the morning! Sure, it’s considered the most important meal of the day, but it can actually prove counterproductive in some cases.
However, if you choose to eat the nutritious food for lunch or generally later on in the day, especially on an empty stomach, you’d be making the right choice.
But don’t worry. If you feel you don’t know or are not sure when to eat which food, here is a list of 11 superfoods and the best and worst times to eat them.
A wonderful choice. Bananas are packed to the brim with potassium, fiber, and magnesium. This means they’re the right candidates for keeping your heart healthy. They can also aid in your weight loss goals if you choose to eat them when the time is right.
When is that? It appears that munching on some bananas during lunch time is best for giving your immunity a boost as well as maintaining your skin’s health. The opposite of this is to indulge on this fruit during the late hours.
Doing so might cause problems with digestion, and it may even lead to the formation of mucus.
That’s right. You’d do best to avoid this tasty fruit during dinnertime hours as that may heighten your stomach’s acidic levels. Also, pectin is rather difficult to digest during nighttime, take heed.
Having said that, that very same pectin can maintain your cholesterol levels as well as decrease your blood sugar when you consume apples during the morning.
Other than pectin, apples are stocked with flavonoids, antioxidants, and dietary fiber – the essential stuff if you want to maintain a fit and healthy body!
Top of the morning to you! That should be enough hinting at which time of they they are most beneficial. They can boast with vitamin B6, vitamin C, starch, antioxidants, magnesium, and fiber. When devoured in the early hours they are excellent at regulating your cholesterol levels.
But because of their high-calorie content (110 calories per potato on average), it might not be the best idea to dine on them during the night, unless you are looking to gain weight. Then it’s ok.
You’ve most probably already heard about it being a good idea to get a glass of warm milk for a good night’s sleep. There is truth in this indeed as milk during nighttime soothes the body.
It also plays an important role for your teeth and bones due to its high calcium content, as well as the ever-needed vitamin D, which most of us don’t get enough of.
However, it would be wise to avoid milk in the mornings as it requires quite a bit of physical activity due to its heaviness.
All kinds of nuts have every right to be called superfoods. They are a great source of vitamin E, unsaturated fats, Omega-3 fatty acids, L-arginine and plant sterols. So it’s no wonder that they can keep your brain sharp and heart healthy.
You’d do well to avoid them during dinner since they’re quite an easy way to gain weight, but during lunch, they’re fantastic for lowering your risk of blood pressure.
Why not? It is long known that they are jam-packed with vitamins A, B, and C, calcium, potassium, dietary fiber and copper. The later the hours in the day, the better.
Munching on some juicy oranges as a healthy dessert after lunch or even dinner can improve your digestion and even speed up your metabolism! Having said that, best to avoid them in the mornings since they may cause gastritis and stomach irritation.
You know it, consuming tomatoes for breakfast can give your metabolism a boost as well as help with any digestion issues. They are practically bursting with vitamin C, as well as vitamin A, iron and potassium.
But beware! As healthy as they are, eating them at night can actually increase your risk of developing cancer. Shocking, we know.
Rice is the perfect replacement for bread and an excellent source of energy. Eating it for lunch will keep your metabolism working around the clock all day. But you should try to avoid it at nighttime as it may make you gain weight.
9. Dark Chocolate
Darker is better. We’re talking about chocolate and how the dark kind is so much more nutritious and beneficial than its ‘normal’ cousin. For one thing, it contains quite a bit of antioxidants. So treat yourself to some during breakfast to maintain ticky-ticker’s health and maintain your blood flow.
We’re sure we don’t need to tell you that munching on it during the evening hours will cause you to quickly pack some extra pounds.
10. Dried Figs and Apricots
Dried fruits, in general, are full of antioxidants, dietary fiber, potassium, and iron. They too can give your metabolism the boost it needs as well as maintaining your gut’s health…if eaten for breakfast.
Eating them during nighttime, on the other hand, may cause flatulence and indigestion.
Take a chance on it, especially in the mornings. Rich in vitamin B12 and calcium, cheese can help you maintain a healthy weight. The opposite effect goes for when you choose to have some at night – weight gain and indigestion issues.
There you have it, we hope you will take these small pieces of advice to heart and happy munching!