See 5 Foods That Are Bad For Dinner
We often say breakfast is the most important meal of the day as it sets us up for the rigours of the day. While acknowledging that fact, we often forget to pay an equal attention to our choice of foods for dinner, often just going for the foods that catch our fancy. Due to the hustle and bustle of the day, most often than not, we come home quite tired and only feeling like stuffing our stomach with whatever catches our fancies.
The implication is that we often end up consuming foods which are sometimes inimical to our health as such foods are known to contain varying degrees of unwanted ingredients for the body, especially at night, when the human body would be at a state of rest due to sleep. Many of such foods are often harmless when taken during the day, but when eaten at dinner, they often counteract as they produce unwanted results, which could prove harmful to our short and long term wellbeing.
With that in mind, in this article, would be looking at about five foods which you should stop eating at night as they could prove to be a bad choice of food, impeding you from getting quality sleep and affecting your overall wellbeing. Find the five foods below:
1. Starchy Foods
Starchy foods such as rice, pasta and potatoes often break down to sugar. Since no considerable work is done while sleeping, the product of the breakdown of such foods (sugar) is linked to heart disease, weight gain and a spike in blood sugar levels, which could be especially harmful to people suffering from diabetes.
2. Greasy and/or Fatty Foods
Studies have shown that thanks to the human body’s circadian rhythm, the human body’s ability to absorb fat reduces drastically at night. When there is fat maladsorption, it could lead to weight loss, diarrhea, greasy stools (due to high fat content), abdominal bloating, etc. It is therefore important to avoid foods such as potato chips, doughnuts, butter, fatty fish and meats.
3. Spicy Foods
It’s true that Nigerians love their meals to be spicy, but eating spicy foods can prove to be bad for your health as it could cause heartburn, especially if you go to bed almost immediately after taking such meals. Spicy foods can also cause insomnia and diarrhea. It is therefore important to reduce the level of spicy in your dinner meals.
Many of us love to have desserts after a proper dinner meal and one excellent dessert is chocolate. Studies however have shown that chocolate contain caffeine, an ingredient that is known to cause frequent rapid eye movement (REM) during sleep, causing you to feel groggy the morning after the night before.
5. Simple Carbohydrates
This includes foods such as spaghetti, bread, pizzas, breakfast cereals, fruit juices, etc. It is important to avoid eating them at night because they have a high glycemic index which makes them get easily absorbed into the bloodstream. Considering the fact that you won’t burn the sugars while sleeping, the sugars will get converted into fat, stored in the body and causing you to put on unwanted weights.