5 Foods You Should Never Eat On An Empty Stomach

Yoghurt on an empty stomach? Not a good idea! We reveal 5 supposedly healthy foods you shouldn’t eat on an empty stomach.

Citrus fruits

A glass of orange juice for breakfast? It’s not as healthy as you might think – at least not on an empty stomach. Citrus fruits contain a lot of vitamins, but also a lot of acid. This can lead to heartburn if the stomach does not yet have buffer content to absorb it.

Raw vegetables

Anyone who has ever nibbled a raw carrot on an empty stomach knows what I’m talking about. The stomach rebels. Raw food is healthy, some people swear by it, but it has one downside: flatulence is inevitable. Raw vegetables take a lot out of digestion, which you can really feel on an empty stomach.


The eternal banana debate: are they healthy or not? In principle, bananas provide the body with important nutrients such as magnesium and potassium. However, they should not be eaten on an empty stomach, as they cause blood sugar levels to spike, which in turn leads to cravings throughout the day.

Fresh yeast pastries

Getting up early is rewarded when the freshly baked pastries come out of the oven while they are still warm in the morning. Bad news: the stomach is less happy. Fresh yeast is a strain on the digestive system, which can cause bloating and abdominal pain on an empty stomach. It’s better to save sweet yeast pastries for the afternoon.


Surprise! Although yogurt with fruit is considered an absolute healthy breakfast, you should not eat the dairy product on an empty stomach. While it doesn’t cause any discomfort – sensitive people may experience some heartburn – it doesn’t properly absorb the healthy lactic acid bacteria that yogurt is known for. If the stomach is empty, the aggressive acid kills everything before it reaches the intestines. A buffer, for example, a spoonful of oatmeal or a few nuts, has a preventive effect.

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Written by Allison Turner

I am a Registered Dietitian with 7+ years of experience in supporting many facets of nutrition, including but not limited to nutrition communications, nutrition marketing, content creation, corporate wellness, clinical nutrition, food service, community nutrition, and food and beverage development. I provide relevant, on-trend, and science-based expertise on a wide range of nutrition topics such as nutrition content development, recipe development and analysis, new product launch execution, food and nutrition media relations, and serve as a nutrition expert on behalf of a brand.

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