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"avoid cold liquids with your meals".. anyone ever hear this before

INTERESTING TIDBIT FOR YOU - do not drink cold liquids with your meals... I read this today... apparently food digests better at room temperatures and drinking cold liquids with your meals slows down digestion and can potentially increase the amount of foods that will be converted to fat....WOW... I guess that really rules out icecream for me....LOL

Thu. Mar 2, 3:15pm

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There's another side...

I recall reading that some research showed that drinking cold water increases your metabolism (warming up) - who knows if it's really true. So many "scientific" studies are not necessarily accurate.

Thursday, March 02, 2006, 9:10 PM

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Yes,a nutritionist told me that the only good beverage to drink with a meal best to drink wine ( I am not making this UP) drink water only 20 minutes before or after the meal.

Thursday, March 02, 2006, 11:23 PM

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I'm of the drink as little as necessary with a meal as possible school. No need to dilute the digestive stomach acid in your food. And I never drink cold water unless I need to lower my body temp like after a workout. Your temp inside is 98 degrees- cold water is a shock to your system.

Friday, March 03, 2006, 1:14 AM

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yes, a nutitionist told me that it was best to drink slightly warm water !

Friday, March 03, 2006, 1:28 PM

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Your body absorbs romm-temperature water better than cold water. However, I have also read that drinking ice water burns "slightly" more calories because the body has to warm it up.

Also, if you don't like the taste of room temperature water, then it's better to drink it cold than not at all.

Friday, March 03, 2006, 1:31 PM

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I researched this yesterday about drinking cold or warm water. Every site I checked out said drinking cold water helps you lose weight faster. Here is one of the sites I checked out. plus another one was the University of Minnesota. I tried warm water for one day I drink 10 glasses a day and found a weight gain so the next day I drank cold water and lost 3 pounds. Go figure!!!

Sunday, March 05, 2006, 11:06 AM

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just because it makes you lose wieght doesn't make it good for your system. The goal isn't supposed to be lose weight no matter what the cost- if you're losing wieght to be healthy, it's counter productive to do it in an unhealthy manner.

Sunday, March 05, 2006, 3:24 PM

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As long as you are drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day it's good for your system no matter if it's cold or warm. To the above OP what's with the negetive answer we are all here to lose weight and get heathly. Have you researched it on the internet or ask your doctor cause my doctor has told me hot or cold don't matter as long as you drink it.

Sunday, March 05, 2006, 3:53 PM

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Op here... have done a bit more research too... and yes cold water will boost your metabolism and help to burn a few more calories as your body works to heat it up.... kind of like going outside in the cold and shivering... you will actually burn more calories cause your body works to try and heat you... but irrelevant... warm or cold the benefits of drinking water to flush your system etc are many. The premise behind not drinking cold "with a meal" is that it lessens your body's ability to digest the foods you are eating and it will take longer to digest. The idea is to drink something warm with your meal and your body will digest more efficiently. I drink a cup of green tea now with my meals. I usually drink a glass of cold water about 20 minutes before a meal and frequently throughout the day.

Monday, March 06, 2006, 10:45 AM

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Hot, Warm, Cold?

Of course everyone will say it doesn't matter what temp the water is at just drink it, but if you have a weight issue as I do, then every little bit helps. After a lot of reading and advise, my opoinion is that different temps of water do different things to your body.
Cold water will shock your system and apparently will make your stomach contract for a short time. We all want that, but it is for a short time. Your body also has to work to warm the water. Room temp most people find gross so they drink less. Also, it doesn't really do anything to cause your body to work, so it may just make you feel sluggish. Hot water will raise your core body temp , boosting your metabolism, and may even cause you to sweat.
My suggestion is to drink cold water while exercising, a glass of hot herbal tea half an hour before and after each meal, stop eating 5 hours before bed and instead control those hunger pangs with an herbal tea like Oolong tea.
Please don't be mad at me for sounding like a know-it-all. I'm definitely not, but I know the struggle I go through on a daily basis, and if I can help anyone loose weight like I have and feel the Posative way I have been lately, then I want to.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2007, 7:18 PM

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Cold liquids can impede digestive process

There's an entire schoool of thought dating back from god-knows-when - that advocates avoiding cold liquids with meals (either before or after). I myself have trouble digesting food if I start my meal with ice-water or anything cold (have had this problem for last 2-3 years). Room-temperature water has no adverse effect on my digestion. However - I understand that cold liquids do not affect everyone the same way. Here are some helpful links:

General Info on Raw food (including cold and hot liquids) and digestion

Chinese school of thought

The Indian 'Ayurvedic' school of thought believes that diet is the primary cause of disease - and advocates zero intake of cold liquids.


Tuesday, July 14, 2009, 10:19 PM

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Usually I am annoyed with people bringing up threads that started years ago but this one was VERY interesting to me.

It's not a question of whether it's good or bad to drink cold drinks - it's WHAT to drink and not drink as well as WHEN to drink and not drink.

I had heard Dr Oz say on Oprah once that you shouldn't drink anything with your meals, and I also read it somewhere else... but never knew WHY you shouldn't. Reading the articles sited by the PP it now makes perfect sense to me!

Thanks PP for bringing up this old topic! :-)

Thursday, July 16, 2009, 2:36 PM

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Lets be reasonable. Take a swig of cold water and keep it in your mouth for 30 seconds. Hmmm not cold any more. Your body is 98.7 degrees. That includes your stomach. If you can digest your food faster than 30 seconds I wanna meet you.

its crap. drink ice water with your food.

Thursday, July 16, 2009, 3:00 PM

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The point of the articles was that water (or any liquid drunk with a meal) will dilute the digestive juices required to digest your food.

My point was go ahead and drink ice water if you want, but do it 20 min before or after a meal not with it.

Thursday, July 16, 2009, 3:06 PM

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Don't believe everything you read. I've read other articles that totally disprove this theory. Drinking water while eating helps you feel full and actually AIDS in digestion, not the other way around. I agree with 3:00pm - ice water is not icy when it hits your stomach - neither is ice cream.

As for the myth of drinks watering down your stomach acid - stomach acid doesn't "water down" because the level of acid in your stomach regulates itself, and since water is PH neutral it isn't going to make the acid in your stomach less potent. You actually digest water-heavy foods faster than most other kinds of foods because the stomach reacts to water so well.

Thursday, July 16, 2009, 3:49 PM

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