The Unusual Reason You’re Not Supposed To Eat Fried Food Before Bed

You might have special plans this weekend like a movie marathon with friends or trying your hand at deep-fried candy bars. Yet before indulging in one or three, just make sure not to eat these chocolatey treats right before bedtime. The takeout recently revealed what really happens during aspiration, which according to the Developmental Disabilities Administration is when food or a similar substance travels down your airway into your lungs as opposed to your stomach. In detailing how to prevent food from traveling down the wrong path, the Cleveland Clinic advises readers to avoid fatty and fried foods three hours before bedtime (via The Takeout). Food-producing acid can rise through your esophagus while you’re asleep, causing you to choke.

The acid popping back up in your throat not only causes other unpleasant symptoms such as heartburn but it has a fancy name: GERD or gastroesophageal reflux disease which Healthline claims affects nearly 28% of Americans. If you’re a person who tends to also suffer from laryngitis or the feeling like you may have something stuck in your throat, you may want to avoid eating before bed since gravity won’t be on your side: That pesky acid will have a greater chance of making a reappearance. If you’ve been forever enjoying a stacked burger right before bed, don’t be too hard on yourself. There is actually a scientific reason why your body craves fried foods in the late evening hours.

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