Foods to avoid on empty stomach – Avoid easting citrus fruits, processed sugars, yogurt first thing in the morning. They could be healthy but not on an empty stomach. Here’s a list of Foods to avoid on empty stomach.

foods to avoid on empty stomach, first thing in the morning

Do you have a rushed morning every single day? Yes, we all do. Do you grab a pack of juice or a piping hot cup of coffee to start your day? You might want to PAUSE and THINK AGAIN. Good health is highly based on your diet than the amount of time you spend working out. For a healthy body it’s not just important to eat the right kind of foods but you also need to know the foods to avoid and at which time! In this post you’ll find a list of foods to avoid on empty stomach. Yes, you must not eat these foods first thing in the morning.

Why you should avoid certain foods first thing in the morning?

For your healthy eating goal, it’s important to realise how your body and metabolism works. This means getting to know how to optimize food that helps in improving digestion and absorption of nutrients. Certain foods – though packed with nutrients – can increase acidity in the body, specially when you wake up after a 7-8 hours gap of having any food.

First thing in the morning the body needs food packed with antioxidants, soluble fibres, vitamins and nutrients that will awaken your digestive and immune system.

10 foods to avoid on empty stomach

foods to avoid on empty stomach, first thing in the morning

Tea and Coffee

Drinking Tea, Coffee or other caffeinated products is a general trend in many households, but did you know it’s actually harming your digestive system? Tea or Coffee on an empty stomach increases acidity and may cause heartburn and indigestion throughout the day.


Do you like your breakfast cereal with yogurt, first thing in the morning? Think again. When your body wakes up after sleep your stomach already has a high acidity content. The benefits of lactic acids of yogurt is rendered ineffective when with the high acidity content of stomach acids. It’s better when you consume yogurt as snacks post breakfast time.

foods to avoid on empty stomach, first thing in the morning - yogurt


Tomatoes are quite healthy with its high amount of Vitamin C and other nutrients. But it’s also has high levels of tannic acid that only increases the acidity levels of the body when consumed first thing in the morning. It’s one of the most important ‘healthy’ foods to avoid on empty stomach. So skip the tomato juice in the morning and have it in salads or salsas during lunch or dinner or even snack time.


Bananas are high in carbs and iron and is considered a super food, but it isn’t your perfect mate for the empty stomach first thing in the morning. Consuming bananas on an empty stomach leads to imbalance of magnesium and potassium in blood because banans contain high levels of these two minerals.

They are absolutely good super foods post workout or as a mid-morning snack.

Citrus Fruits

The high levels of citric acid in citrus fruits like lemon, oranges, grape fruits and more can damage mucus membranes, increase acidity and cause heartburn when consumed alone first thing in the morning. This is the perfect example of right kind of food at the wrong time! These are healthy foods to avoid on empty stomach.

foods to avoid on empty stomach, first thing in the morning - citrus fruits

Spicy Food

Indians are known over the world for spicy food. We like our chilies in dosa fillings, poha, chutneys and other popular breakfast items. But eating spices and chilies on empty stomach irritates the stomach lining and increases acidic reactions and cramps. Their pungent nature can also trigger ingestion.

Aerated Drinks

Aerated drinks are bad for your health at any time of the day. It is at its worth when consumed on an empty stomach first thing in the morning. When carbonated acids mix with your stomach acids they can result in nausea, gas, flatulence and can cause cramps.

Raw Vegetable

Green raw vegetables are another group of foods to avoid on empty stomach. Green raw vegetables like cucumber are healthy but when consumed on an empty stomach the roughage can cause flatulence, heartburn and abdominal pain.

foods to avoid on empty stomach, first thing in the morning - green raw vegetables

Processed Sugar

You can be a conscious eater and avoid adding sugar in your breakfast, but did you know processed sugar found in foods like cereals, donuts, pancake mixes, muffins can all be damaging to the liver? Avoid cereals that contain ‘fructose’. Simple oatmeal goes a long way.


Alcohol on an empty stomach is like sending alcohol straight to the bloodstreams! Without food in the stomach alcohol passes through the stomach, kidney, liver to the brain and can reach the brain under 1 minute. Yes, that fast. That is not something that you want first thing in the morning. Even if you have a hangover, don’t try to counter that with more alcohol. Choose foods that cure hangover instead. Avoid alcohol first thing in the morning.

Remember these foods to avoid on empty stomach first thing in the morning and help to optimize the digestive system of your body. Better absorption of nutrients and better metabolism will help to keep you fit.


26 Comments on 10 foods to avoid on empty stomach – what you should not eat first thing in the morning

  1. Dixita
    August 3, 2018 at 7:39 pm (9 months ago)

    A useful post, kept in mind the list

  2. Bellybytes
    August 3, 2018 at 9:58 pm (9 months ago)

    So what do I eat on an empty stomach ? This article explains the reason for my general malaise . I am eating wrong from the moment I get up ! I’ve always admired you as a blogger Tina and am nominating you for the Mystery Blogger Award . I do hope you will accept it . For details visit my blog

  3. Mrinal Kiran
    August 4, 2018 at 10:20 pm (9 months ago)

    Everyone says what to eat, no one says what not to eat! Thank you so much! I had been eating banana and tomatoes in the morning, empty stomach! Will stop!

  4. Sarah
    August 5, 2018 at 12:43 am (9 months ago)

    Now that’s a pretty informative post.
    I have a real bad habit of drinking tea first thing in the morning.
    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this insightful post. Glad I stumbled on your wonderful detailed blogpost.
    Keep up the good work.

  5. Siddhi Palande
    August 5, 2018 at 1:57 am (9 months ago)

    Extremely essential article. Very less is spoken on this topic. One often ends up drinking tea or coffee early morning on an empty stomach. This article is gonna be an eye-opener

  6. Akanksha G
    August 5, 2018 at 7:20 am (9 months ago)

    Husband and I take tea every morning to wake our eyes up for the day. I had no idea it does so much harm. I also thought yogurt and bananas are good in breakfast. Thanks for sharing this post x

  7. Aritro Chattopadhyay
    August 5, 2018 at 12:58 pm (9 months ago)

    These ten foods are indeed harmful for empty stomach. Good that you gave such information.

  8. Amrita
    August 5, 2018 at 1:06 pm (9 months ago)

    What an interesting list of not to eat food.I am awaiting the next part where we find out wht to eaT.

  9. Silja Nair
    August 5, 2018 at 2:18 pm (9 months ago)

    Very useful tip dear. I was not aware about many of them. And many time i have taken it too empty stomach. Thanks for the information.

  10. Jhilmil D Saha
    August 5, 2018 at 5:42 pm (9 months ago)

    I was not aware of this actually and often indulged in eating fruits in an empty stomach.

  11. Rohini James
    August 5, 2018 at 10:19 pm (9 months ago)

    Wow.. There is always so much to learn about food and what’s good when. I need to avoid banana on an empty stomach.

  12. Shilpa Garg
    August 5, 2018 at 10:45 pm (9 months ago)

    Ah! Guilty of having a few foods from your list on an empty stomach. Someone suggested bananas and I have had them for a month. Tea with biscuits is another thing. Thanks for an informative and insightful post, Tina. Need to re-look at my food habits!

  13. Dipika Singh
    August 6, 2018 at 4:06 pm (9 months ago)

    This makes me wonder if I have been doing it wrong all this while. Morning tea is a ritual for me, and bananas I have been giving one every day to the daughter on empty stomach. Will have to quickly edit the ways of eating now. Thanks for sharing.

  14. zainab
    August 6, 2018 at 4:42 pm (9 months ago)

    thanks for sharing, I used to always have tea first thing in the morning. But, now I have switched to green tea. Small changes can really make a difference.

  15. Kapila Rattan Bhowmik
    August 6, 2018 at 5:45 pm (9 months ago)

    Citrus fruit is new for me.. I thought we can have orange/lemon juice in the morning

  16. Neha Tambe
    August 6, 2018 at 10:10 pm (9 months ago)

    This is super informative! I had no idea that even raw vegetables and bananas are a no-no on an empty stomach.

  17. Rajat Kumar
    August 7, 2018 at 6:26 pm (9 months ago)

    This is a great article. I never got to know about all these foods…

  18. Gurjeet Chhabra
    August 11, 2018 at 6:18 pm (9 months ago)

    I have a question I heard drinking lemon in hot water in the morning help in reduce weight and does infusion water also is not good to have in morning , it contains lemon,cucumber,mint?

  19. Priyadarshani Panda
    August 12, 2018 at 1:11 am (9 months ago)

    So I have been eating bananas and taking my bed tea i need to stop that ..really an informative post much needed as we need to pay attention to our eating habits with age .

  20. Anubhuti Seth
    August 12, 2018 at 6:44 pm (8 months ago)

    Thanks for the list, we do take at least one of these almost everyday. Need to change things. Very informative post.

  21. Pooja Kawatra
    August 12, 2018 at 9:06 pm (8 months ago)

    I knew few of these we shouldn’t take on an empty stomach but not all. At times, bananas or fruits are something which I grab when in a rush.

  22. Amrita
    August 12, 2018 at 9:57 pm (8 months ago)

    This is an informative list to improve dietary choices.Many will be helped.

  23. Rashmi
    August 12, 2018 at 11:49 pm (8 months ago)

    Tea is my staple thing for mornings.. interesting facts listed here.. thanks tina

  24. Tuggu.n.mommy
    August 13, 2018 at 12:08 am (8 months ago)

    This is a great post Tina, our Indian households consume a lot of caffeinated and spicy food for breakfast and rightly said they harm the body much.

  25. Shubhada Bhide
    August 14, 2018 at 7:40 am (8 months ago)

    Great post. This is such an interesting information to know about how to avoid an empty stomach first thing in the morning. I will have to share this with my friends.


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