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Stop Eating These 10 Most Harmful Dinner Foods


Dinner is our last and largest meal of the day. Making the appropriate food selections at supper is critical since this meal offers so much of our nourishment and keeps us going till the next day.

Foods we consume in the evening might disrupt our sleep, impair our ability to lose weight, or aggravate some health issues like diabetes and acid reflux.

Eating the incorrect things for supper might result in a lousy night's sleep. Quality sleep is essential for keeping a healthy weight and managing insulin levels. If you're always hungry during the day, it might be because you're not getting enough good sleep. Bad sleep leads to overeating or skipping exercise, resulting in weight increase.

Keep reading for our low down on the top ten worst dinner foods you should not be eating. You're going to be some surprised by some of our tips on foods to avoid.

1. Refined carbs.
Refined carbohydrates are meals like white bread and pasta derived from wheat that has been treated to eliminate the wheat germ. Wheatgerm is what gives unprocessed brown bread and pasta their more natural color and nutritional value.

Sugary meals and beverages are also termed refined carbs. When we ingest certain meals, the intestine quickly breaks them down into simple sugars, resulting in a high Glycemic Index, or GI. High GI meals quickly elevate blood sugar levels, and any extra sugar is stored as fat.

Avoiding or limiting these meals is thought to be healthier, and eating them before bedtime, when we don't have a chance to burn them off, can be even more harmful to our waistlines and body fat percentage.

2. Greasy meals.
Consuming foods heavy in saturated fat, such as takeout, deep fried dishes, and some ready meals, as well as red and processed meats, puts a lot of strain on our digestive system.

Our gut must expend a lot of energy to digest these foods, suggesting to the brain that we are still in daylight, awake mode, which disrupts our sleep habits.

Sleep studies have discovered that eating a high-fat dinner causes us to wake up more during the night and spends less time in restorative, dream-state sleep known as REM, or rapid eye movement sleep. It can also alter how we breathe while sleeping, resulting in sleep problems caused by acid reflux.

3. Alcohol.
After a long, stressful day, it's tempting to grab for a glass of wine, followed by another. We may then walk sleepily to bed, falling asleep as soon as our head meets the pillow. Good for sleep, right? Not necessarily.

When we consume alcohol, our bodies release the stress hormone cortisol. So, while we may feel de-stressed, we are actually under more stress. High cortisol levels over time have been related to inflammation, weight gain, and an increased risk of developing chronic illnesses including heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

Furthermore, while consuming alcohol may help us fall asleep faster, it reduces our chances of entering the critical dream-state REM stage of sleep. This will make us feel.

4. Chocolate.
Most individuals appreciate the luxury of a chocolate bar. However, as we found in the case of fizzy drinks, sugar can disrupt our sleep patterns and contribute to chronic lifestyle illnesses, particularly if we consume sugary meals before bed.

Furthermore, chocolate includes caffeine, which disrupts our sleep cycles, leaving us exhausted, depleted of energy, and sluggish the following day. As a general rule, darker chocolate has more caffeine.

And there is more! Chocolate includes the stimulant theobromine, which is why eating it makes us feel happy. However, eating chocolate before bedtime might keep us awake. This can be especially harmful to sleep when we're  particularly sensitive to caffeine.

5. Spicy Foods
Curry, chilli, and other hot foods can disrupt our sleep patterns for a variety of reasons. First and foremost, they can cause acid reflux and indigestion, which can be so severe that we are unable to sleep.

Also, if we eat a large spicy meal in the evening and then lie down before it has entirely digested, the stomach acid working hard to digest a heavy meal might go higher, causing heartburn and preventing us from sleeping well.

Finally, consuming hot, spicy meals may momentarily raise our body temperature, which may have a detrimental impact on our sleep; a greater body temperature has been related to disrupted sleep. For these reasons, it is preferable to eat spicy foods.

6) Coffee
Unsurprisingly, coffee is likely the worst item to drink in the evening since it disrupts our sleep-wake cycle. Caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant that inhibits adenosine receptors in the brain. When these receptors are not inhibited, adenosine can bind to them, resulting in tiredness.

Coffee is excellent for improving our attentiveness and productivity throughout the day. However, if we drink too much (usually defined as more than four standard cups each day, preferably before midday), we may struggle to sleep.

In fact, one research discovered that "consuming caffeine six hours before bedtime reduced total sleep time by an hour." We then wake up the following day feeling exhausted, reaching for more and more coffee, and the cycle continues.

7. Salty nibbles.
Crisps, pretzels, salted almonds, and popcorn are all excellent snacks, particularly if we don't have a sweet appetite. However, they can also have a negative impact on our sleep.

A fascinating study discovered that consuming a salty snack before bed delayed participants' sleep and led them to wake up multiple times throughout the night. Deep sleep is essential; it is when our heart and respiratory rates drop to their lowest when we profoundly rest. However, in order to get a decent night's sleep, we also need restorative REM sleep, which occurs when our brain activity increases and we start dreaming. This research discovered that salty meals might put us into such a deep sleep that we miss out on REM sleep, leaving us feeling groggy and unrested.

 8. Diuretic foods

Diuretic meals contain a lot of water and cause us to urinate more frequently. If we consume a lot of diuretic meals in the hours leading up to bedtime, we may find ourselves waking up frequently during the night to use the restroom, affecting the quality of our sleep.

Cucumbers, asparagus, beets, celery, citrus fruits, watermelon, and cranberries are all diuretic foods. They are all low-calorie, nutrient-dense foods that may be included in a healthy, balanced diet.

However, if you find yourself going to the toilet frequently during the night, you can consider eliminating these items in the evening and eating them around noon instead. The same applies for water; strive to drink the bulk of your eight glasses every day day before 8pm.

9. Ice cream

Ice cream, as well as other creamy sweets and cakes, is a delicious, decadent delicacy that is frequently served as dessert late in the evening. However, because they are heavy in fat and sugar, they may interfere with our sleep.

High sugar, high fat dairy products require a long time to digest. As a result, if we consume them in the evening before going to bed, we will still be consuming energy to digest them. You don't need us to tell you how difficult it is to sleep on a full stomach, so save these delicacies for weekend lunch!

10. Fizzy beverages
Sodas, colas, and other fizzy beverages are heavy in sugar, and consuming them before bedtime, when we're the least active, might cause weight gain. They frequently include caffeine, particularly cola, which is well-known for its capacity to keep us up - not ideal before bedtime.

In fact, research suggest that those of us who routinely sleep for less than five hours each night are more prone to consume sugary, caffeinated beverages than those who get the necessary seven to eight hours of sleep on most nights. Not only can fizzy drinks disrupt our sleep, but they also raise our risk of acquiring type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

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