Dec. – 16: FOOD AND HEALTHÂ
Thereâ€™s a right time to eat these healthy foods
Eating healthy is not just a question of what or how much you eat. When is equally important, say food and nutrition experts. True, we canâ€™t look at theclock every time we eat something. But, a little awareness about what to eat when will promote digestion and overall health.
Find out when to eat these 10 healthy foods:
Figs and apricots
Eat early in morning: They boost the metabolism and warm up the digestive system.
Avoid at night: It might lead to indigestion and gas formation.
Eat in morning: Apple peel has the fibre pectin that helps in bowel movements and prevents constipation.
Avoid in evening and night: Appleâ€™s organic acids may lead to discomfort. Moreover, pectin may burden the digestive system.
Eat in morning: The bodyâ€™s insulin is more effective in using up sugar at this time. Higher metabolism and activity levels also aid this process.
Avoid at night: Your blood sugar levels will shoot up and your energy levels will rise and fall which will disrupt your sleep.
Drink in morning or afternoon: The caffeine in coffee will get rid of sleepiness and give your body a jolt of energy.
Avoid after 7 pm: Caffeine will interfere with the sleep cycle and might lead to water loss from the body making you want to pee often during the night.
Pulses and beans
Eat in morning or afternoon: They get digested properly.
Avoid at night: These high-fibre foods are difficult to digest at night and may cause gastric disturbances.
Eat early in day: It is a good source of protein and calcium. But consume in moderation as it leads to weight gain.
Avoid in the evening and night: It is difficult to digest.
Eat in the day: It assists in digestion and is a probiotic which strengthens your gut.
Avoid at night: It may give you a cold or cough as it leads to mucus formation.
Eat at noon: This highly fibrous fruit helps digestion and works as a natural antacid. It also gives sustained energy and keeps you feel full for a long time. Itâ€™s a perfect â€˜before workoutâ€™ food too.
Avoid at night: It may lead to cold in some people.
Walnuts and cherries
Eat at night: They are good bedtime snacks as they increase the sleep hormone melatonin.
Avoid cherries in afternoon: Eating cherries in the afternoon may make you sleepy. Walnuts are a brain-boosting food and can be eaten anytime.
Eat at night: It is easy to digest and will help you sleep better. But, a large portion size may make you feel uncomfortable.
Avoid in afternoon: It might lead to a sudden sugar rise followed by a slump. It might also make you sleepy.
Sources: www.indiatimes.com, www.livestrong.com, www.womenshealthmag.com