Why Shouldn't You Drink Cold Water After Eating Food?

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  1. ngureco profile image79
    ngurecoposted 12 years ago

    Why Shouldn't You Drink Cold Water After Eating Food?

  2. profile image0
    vinsanityposted 12 years ago

    Well it depends on the food but you shouldn't drink cold water after fatty foods because then the fats will solidify in your stomach. You should drink something hot like tea after fatty meal so the fat can pass through you instead of collecting.

  3. krisingreen profile image61
    krisingreenposted 12 years ago

    as a nurse I know that anything cold can constrict the blood vessels. So it follows that when you eat something your system compensates by increasing the blood circulation in your digestive tract to increase absorption of the food you ate. However if immediately followed by a cold drink, the you lose more nutrients compared to what you'll absorb.
    in addition, drinking water immediately after a meal can make you lose nutrients because it'll get flushed out through voiding. They say, it's best to drink plenty of water after 30 minutes.
    hope this helps.

  4. qwark profile image60
    qwarkposted 12 years ago

    Where did you get that idea?
    You can drink cold water at anytime without doing any harm or without it having an adverse affect on digestion.

  5. shiloh01 profile image60
    shiloh01posted 12 years ago

    because it solidifies the food content that you just consumed and makes the metabolic activities slower than usual. As a result only a part of the food content is digested and the rest is stored as a fat in your body which later on creates problems like fattening..

  6. StephanieBCrosby profile image83
    StephanieBCrosbyposted 12 years ago

    The only negative I have heard about cold drinks is that it makes your body work harder to get it up to temperature. This is why when people have cold drinks and add tons of ice during the summer they end up not feeling too refreshed because their body is working hard to heat up the liquid, so you end up feeling hotter in the end--so I have heard.

  7. thelilgrant profile image60
    thelilgrantposted 12 years ago

    I don't believe the temperature of the water you drink after a meal maters at all.

  8. The Ghostwriter profile image82
    The Ghostwriterposted 12 years ago

    I never knew this was an issue but did hear the ice cold water helped to burn calories! (body reaction to the cold)

  9. FitnessTom profile image60
    FitnessTomposted 12 years ago

    This is a myth. There is not truth to it. I challenge anyone to find me a scientific study that supports this.

  10. juliannekristine profile image61
    juliannekristineposted 12 years ago

    They say it makes your teeth brittle and you'll lose them early.

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    wilbury4posted 12 years ago

    Water is good for you and is necessary to keep you alive. There's nothing more refreshing than a glass of ice cold water, I wouldn't like to drink it warm! I can't see any problem drinking it after a meal...

  12. windresistant profile image60
    windresistantposted 12 years ago

    I've never heard this about eating. I have heard it about exercising though. It its a little harder for your body to warm itself back to homeostasis after drinking cold water at this point, and can leave you feeling more tired than you intended. But with your food? Don't worry about it.

  13. Jennie Demario profile image40
    Jennie Demarioposted 12 years ago

    I don't believe that this is true.. I heard that drinking cold water makes you burn more calories because your metabolism increases when it is regulating your body temperature.

  14. spanishtoday profile image59
    spanishtodayposted 12 years ago

    I never knew that was the case. Some of the answers have made me want to look into it!

  15. Naomi's Banner profile image72
    Naomi's Bannerposted 12 years ago

    I believe I know the answer to this question.  Cold water stops the acid production in the stomach slowing down the digestion.  Luke warm water should be drank to better aid in digestion of your food.

    1. simallenjo profile image59
      simallenjoposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      I think due to digestion problem, actually you should drink water half an hour after meals

  16. CalSherrifMD profile image61
    CalSherrifMDposted 12 years ago

    as some may have mentioned the idea that you shouldn't drink cold water after eating food is a myth. As far as I'm aware there is not a single medical study which proves otherwise.

  17. NickRobertson profile image60
    NickRobertsonposted 12 years ago

    You should drink cold water whenever you want.  purest liquid you can have.   I happen to love water so I drink a lot of it, and certainly after eating

  18. tessa1hope profile image60
    tessa1hopeposted 12 years ago

    I didnt know there was a probelem with that.......

  19. RandomThoughts... profile image67
    RandomThoughts...posted 12 years ago

    I've heard that you shouldn't drink anything for at least twenty minutes after eating, so your body can digest properly. All I've heard about cold water is it isn't as good for your body as room temp. I love cold water and will drink way more of it.

  20. nabeelplus profile image59
    nabeelplusposted 12 years ago

    If, however, you suffer from temperature sensitive teeth, then the temperature difference between hot food and cold water could cause you pain in your teeth.

  21. R. Anderson profile image84
    R. Andersonposted 12 years ago

    never heard this after eating. I have heard of not swimming after eating and no cold water if you are really really hot. It has something to do with shocking the body in some way because of the difference between your very warm internal organs and the icy cold water. I doubt it matters too much, especially after eating.

  22. indravadan profile image60
    indravadanposted 12 years ago

    I don't know why but I always like to drink cold water only and hot coffee.

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    u01dtj6posted 12 years ago

    I wasn’t aware that you shouldn’t drink cold water after eating food. Warm water doesn’t sound appetising to me though.

  24. wereview4u profile image79
    wereview4uposted 12 years ago

    I heard of this before, but in another culture, the chinese drink warm water with or after their meals. None of them will drink cold water, as they say it  harm helps them to digest the food better.

  25. dillon102 profile image59
    dillon102posted 12 years ago

    I believe you should drink cold water after eating food. When you drink cold water your body burns calories to warm that water up to body temperature and you lose weight.

  26. skdwivediji profile image61
    skdwivedijiposted 12 years ago

    as far as my point of view is concerned it is strongly recommended that cold water must not be taken along with the meal.

  27. shoaibgmail profile image55
    shoaibgmailposted 12 years ago

    Because its not good for your health when you drink cold water after dinner or lunch the whole oily stuff mix in your food become solid and become the reason of several disease..

  28. baygirl33 profile image59
    baygirl33posted 12 years ago

    I heard that a warm or hot drink is preferable because it carries the fatty substance, from the food ,into the stomach faster and aids digestion.

  29. Smart is Good profile image59
    Smart is Goodposted 12 years ago

    Asian people always accompany their meals with a cup of green tea or any herbal infusion. This is to help digestion and keep fat from solidifying. If you drink cold water it won't do any harm to you. Water is Water. But if you drink sodas or any other type of fizzy drinks or artificial stuff cold or ice cold, it doesn't help with digestion and the fat you are ingesting will solidify in your body.

  30. profile image0
    Harsheen K.posted 12 years ago

    because there is a lot of energy/heat required in order to digest the food.According to normal body temperature we are about 98 degree Celsius hot inside...
    This heat helps our digestion to break down the food and digest it properly.And drinking cold/chilled water can cool down this process, thereby creating a hindrance in smooth digestion..
    Therefore , it is not good to drink cold water after meals!

  31. Mansi2512 profile image62
    Mansi2512posted 12 years ago

    I thought that you shudnt drink water at all after eating because its very unhealthy and makes you get a tummy tongue

  32. profile image53
    mark9.netposted 12 years ago

    Our Stomach immediately needs energy after intake of food.
    Thats why blood circulation in stomach area increases after taking meals.
    If we drink cold water at that stage it will decrease its energy level and will slow down the digestion process.

    To compensate that stomach increases acids levels to digest the foods vise versa acidity increases with the use of cold intakes.

    Rule is simple Try to remain as close as your body,s natural temperature .

  33. Bud Gallant profile image60
    Bud Gallantposted 12 years ago

    I haven't seen any credible evidence suggesting drinking cold water after eating is a problem. 

    The only thing I would be cautious of with drinking water is drinking excessive amounts of it, but it's likely you'd have to drink very very large amounts for it to be a problem.

  34. Alexander Props profile image68
    Alexander Propsposted 12 years ago

    I always drink cold water after and during my lunch, and I don't see where is the problem

  35. Freegoldman profile image43
    Freegoldmanposted 12 years ago

    Generally speaking, it is perfectly safe to drink water after eating something hot. If, however, you suffer from temperature sensitive teeth, then the temperature difference betweeen hot food and cold water could cause you pain in your teeth. Of course, temperature sensitive teeth can be de-sensitized by the use of the right kind of toothpaste (potassium enriched).

  36. sanathara profile image61
    sanatharaposted 12 years ago

    It is not advisable to drink cold water after Eating food as it slows down our metabolism.It makes the food harder to digest.Most of the recipes are made using butter, cheese or any kind of oil.So, drinking cold water makes them solid again in the stomach and it becomes harder to digest them.
    So,it's always better to drink warm water after or during food.That is why hot soups are more preferable.

  37. profile image56
    pops13posted 12 years ago

    There is not one reason that I can think of that cold water with meals will have a negative effect.  I drink ice water all day long and especially with meals and have been doing it for more years then I can remember.  I very much enjoy eating the ice as well.

    I am 76 and have no medical problems and the way I see it, drinking water while eating is good because it flushes food particles from your teeth.  Also, lots of water intake flushes out your system and gets rid of a lot of toxins.

    So as far as I am concerned I love ice water and hears to you health.

  38. shantyjoshan profile image60
    shantyjoshanposted 12 years ago

    is it true? i don't even know that.. it could be a problem for me then as i always drink cold water..

  39. profile image54
    Kimeshiaposted 12 years ago

    I would say that if you are trying to cool your body temperature down yes you should drink cold water. But if you are washing your food down then room temperature or warm beverages will definately help dissole your food faster and help the fat from your food pass through your body...I myself always drink room temperature water because it is also better for your throat...

  40. atulhost profile image61
    atulhostposted 12 years ago

    Your body temperature need to be stable for proper digestion process and any extreme temperature of any liquid you take in are adjusted by our body before allowing it to enter in to the body. While doing this your body temperature is get affected and that may be the reason you should not do anything which will force your body to readjust the temperature.

  41. Sweetie4471 profile image60
    Sweetie4471posted 12 years ago

    SORRY! I`m such a hard worker! I can work it out then I can tell u ! Sorry thoughx

  42. profile image54
    byjuanposted 12 years ago

    As long as you drink water after meal wether it's cold or not, it's good for your health and would benefit you for sure. I don't see anything wrong in drinking water, besides it's a must thing to do wether its cold or not than drinking soda or other colored drinks.

  43. edhan profile image38
    edhanposted 12 years ago

    Our body actually requires warm water instead of cold water. Warm water helps the functions of our body to work at its best. So drinking cold water might traumatized the body organs and be harmful thereafter.

    Our body is like a machine that need oiling and greases therefore warm water is similar to that.

  44. abrarr profile image59
    abrarrposted 12 years ago

    because stomach is performing digestion process during which it gets warm and digestion process gets a lil disturbed.

  45. Darkeklaw profile image69
    Darkeklawposted 12 years ago

    There's nothing wrong with drinking cold ANYTHING with a meal.  It's common practice to drink soda, beer, water with your meal.  Some people do believe it blocks fat absortion, but the body runs at a constant internal temp of 98.6 degrees so the fat will be reheated.  Also water does not block the production of acid in your stomach, if it did then Heartburn would be easily combated by drinking water.  I believe this is just and old wives tale much like waiting 30 minutes after you eat to go for a swim.

  46. jg555 profile image61
    jg555posted 12 years ago

    I have never heard that. That's interesting...

  47. Melissatwin1 profile image60
    Melissatwin1posted 12 years ago

    i always drink cold water after eating..but i haven't find any problem with it..

  48. narinder mittal profile image61
    narinder mittalposted 12 years ago

    as per my experience, its hardly matters cold or hot water you drink after eating food. somehow hot water helps early digestion.
    It totally depends upon whether your digestion system  is weak or strong.

  49. Obreinfamily profile image68
    Obreinfamilyposted 12 years ago

    This has something to do with food absorption.

  50. Gayatrimadhu profile image42
    Gayatrimadhuposted 12 years ago

    It makes digestion faster. If you drink cold water after meals it solidify the oily stuff which you have consumed. It slows down the digestion and the solid stuff turns in to fats. So, it is advisable to drink hot water or coffee after meal.


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