water with meals

by Ed

There is an email going around about the dangers of drinking cold water with meals. It is highly overstated. Do not worry about it. This is the version I got:

For those who like to drink cold water, this article is
applicable to you. It is nice to have a cup of cold drink
after a meal. However, the cold water will solidify the
oily stuff that you have just consumed. It will slow down
the digestion. Once this “sludge” reacts with the acid,
it will break down and be absorbed by the intestine
faster than the solid food. It will line the intestine.
Very soon, this will turn into fats and lead to cancer.
It is best to drink hot soup or warm water after a meal.

As a practitioner of Chinese Medicine I do agree that it is best to only drink warm water with meals, but I would not worry about cancer. The science in the article above is just not sound. Drinking cold water is fine when exercising, as it is absorbed faster and helps to cool the body down. With meals, however you want to keep the digestive system warm, only because it has to work to warm things up any way. If you have weak or sluggish digestion, it will make a difference.