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Common Myths And Facts About DONTS After A Meal

Common Myths And Facts About DONTS After A Meal

There are common "don'ts" after a meal which are followed, all of which are not scientifically proven. Following are few of these "don'ts" and the scientific explanation -

Facts -

  • Don't smoke - Smoking immediately after a meal can interfere in the absorption of most of the nutrients from the food eaten, so it's not good to smoke after or before a meal. Smoking before a meal can suppress the appetite.
  • Don't drink tea/coffee - Tea or coffee would interfere with iron absorption from foods, hence tea/coffee should not be consumed immediately before or after a meal. There has to be a gap of at least 1 hour between consumption of tea/ coffee and food.
  • Don't walk - Going for a brisk walk immediately after a meal would increase your basal metabolic rate and it would affect your sleep as the body becomes active, so it's not recommended. It would also hinder digestion. You can go for a leisure walk, though.
  • Don't bathe - Bathing immediately after a meal will increase the blood flow to the hands, legs & body; thus the blood flow to the stomach will decrease. This would affect the digestion process.
  • Don't sleep - Sleeping soon after a meal will affect the digestion of food. This could lead to gastric and digestive problems.

Myths -

  • Don't eat fruits - Eating fruits immediately after meals will cause stomach to be bloated with air. Therefore take fruit 1-2 hr after meal or 1hr before meal.
  • Don't loosen your belt - Loosening the belt after a meal will easily cause the intestine to be twisted & blocked.

There is no scientific evidence for the above 2 "don'ts".



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