Occasionally, the temptation to grab a late-night meal or snack can be strong. It feels relaxing to indulge in food during the late hours, particularly when we stay up working or watching a movie.
However, this habit is not the healthiest choice for our bodies. Our biological systems are designed to rest at specific times of the day, and the night is meant for deep relaxation.
One crucial aspect we may overlook is that our bodies do not require certain foods, especially when we force them in at night.
Although these foods can be beneficial when prepared in a healthy manner, they should not be consumed late at night due to their contents, which can pose serious health risks.
According to healthline Eating late at night disrupts the body's natural rhythm, hindering relaxation and proper sleep. Without delay, let's discuss three foods that should be avoided at night to prevent potential health issues:
1. It is advisable to avoid heavy starchy foods at night, such as fufu, pounded yam, and garri. These types of foods are packed with excessive calories, making them unsuitable for consumption late at night.
They are best consumed during the daytime when the body has ample time to digest them. However, eating these heavy meals late at night burdens the body, as the energy released from the food is converted into fat.
This excess fat is stored in the body, leading to weight gain and potentially causing health problems like high cholesterol, high blood sugar, and cardiac issues.
2. Another food to avoid consuming late at night is bread. The high calorie and sugar content in bread can contribute to heart disease if consumed regularly. The calories are also converted into fat, which is not beneficial for heart health.
3. A common late-night food choice for many people is fried foods. This includes fried yam, potatoes, eggs, and snacks like buns, meat pies, and sausages.
These foods deposit unhealthy fats, including trans fats, into the body due to the frying process. Such fats can lead to serious health issues. An expert explains:
Note: It is advisable to maintain regular eating patterns throughout the day and avoid consuming calorie-rich foods, especially after 7 PM.
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