Eating late night is ok when hunger pangs strike and don’t let you sleep, or you are returning from a long journey; however, eating right is the key to eat anytime during the day or night. While you may be tempted to eat a scoop or two from the ice-cream tub or chomp on leftover chicken salad, it’s important to eat the right thing so that it doesn’t interfere with your health goals.
Here’s a list of 5 foods that you must avoid eating late night:
- Sugary Foods
Junk foods like buns, egg rolls, fish rolls, diet, and sugary drinks are very unhealthy and bad to eat late at night. This is often because most junk foods are sugary and as we all know sugars are one of the main causes of diabetes and fatness [obesity]. Avoid consuming junk foods at night.
Excess sugar and simple carbs can wreak havoc on your sleep as it gives you an instant release of energy; leaving you feel all the more awake. Avoid eating chocolate cakes, cookies or desserts – the most common options for late night snacking.
- Spicy Foods
Spicy foods can upset your stomach and combine with gastric juices that can make you feel acidic. Avoid spicy curries, hot sauce, and even pickles late night.
- Red Meat
Red meat takes time to digest and if you are thinking of lying down after gorging on red meat, then be prepared for unease. Rather opt for lean meats like chicken or turkey, however, that too in moderation. Red meat is a major supply of macromolecules [protein]. Proteins are tougher and difficult to digest particularly at night. This is often why consuming red meat at night isn’ t advised.
- Fatty Foods
Fatty foods like ice-creams, cheesy cakes/sandwiches/dishes, fast food, etc are better avoided at late night. Remember your stomach cannot digest all the fat load while you slumber. You’ll wake up severely fatigued the next morning. Steer clear from drive-thru cheeseburgers and French fries too.
Aerated drinks especially should be avoided as they can trigger heartburn with its high-sugar, high-caffeine and high-calories content. Also, whether its cola, coffee or a chocolate bar – all of them contain large amounts of caffeine that can disrupt your sleep.
If you would like to dine at night, never I repeat never add coffee to the number of foods to eat. This is often because it contains caffeine, which has psychological effects and also prevents sleep.