Sure, we can grab whatever we like to eat and have it
anytime we please. But when it comes to healthy living, most foods have
the best and worst time that you can have them. Listed below are some
common foods and the best and worst time to have them logically
supported by science.
This white liquid famous for its calcium content to make your bones grow
stronger is usually consumed at breakfast and before bed. But owing to
its rich nutrition namely, carbohydrates, proteins, fats, calcium,
magnesium and various vitamins, milk is heavy on the stomach. Therefore,
it is recommended to drink it before bed, where it acts as a slow
release source of energy, neutralize the acidity and helps soothe the
body for a good night’s sleep.
The worst time to have milk would be in the morning, where it will make
you feel bloated and not provide with instant energy which a good
Rice is a very common food in our society. From biryani to khichri, it
makes a good lunch or dinner. However, as rice is almost completely made
up of carbohydrates, it provides with bulk of energy. Hence the best
time to have rice is at lunch. This gives our gastrointestinal tract
enough time to digest it and provides us with ample energy to utilize
throughout the day.
The worst time to eat rice would be at night. As, presumably you will be
going to bed after your dinner, the time to digest carbohydrates is not
sufficient. Added to this, the energy from the carbohydrates will not be
utilized, which will just be converted and stored as fats in your body,
increasing the overall body fat percentage.
One of the most grown foods worldwide, this fleshy sweet fruit makes a
good healthy snack. It is full of carbohydrates, vitamins such as
vitamin A, C, K, folate, minerals such as calcium, magnesium,
phosphorus, potassium, sodium, fluoride and almost no fats. It is also
full of dietary fibers namely pectin, which provides bulk of
indigestible material for good functioning of the intestines. It is due
to this reason it is ideal to eat an apple in the morning. It gives you
energy from carbohydrates to get you going and “cleans” your bowel
before you start your day. Having it at night will burden the digestive
system. Moreover, its acidic nature, due to the presence of organic
acids, may increase the acidity at night.
Banana is known to be used by athletes before physical exertion due to
its high and fast digesting carbohydrates and high phosphorus.
But eating banana on an empty stomach can cause discomfort due to its
high magnesium content. And may result in increased bowel movement owing
to its high fiber content. Eating banana at night may lead to mucus
formation and cold.
Best time to have banana is at noon. It gives you the energy you need to
complete your tasks, keeps GIT clean and it also acts as a natural
antacid to decrease acidity.
Meat is mostly eaten at dinner. But as we know meat is very high in
protein. Proteins are harder to digest and take a long time to digest
completely. They also require an acidic medium in the stomach to digest
faster. So eating meat at night would put stress on your GIT, may cause
acidity and result in an uncomfortable sleep.
Eating meat in the evening is better, as your body has enough time to
digest it and give you ample time to utilize the amino acid for growth,
repair, strength and better immunity.