Drinking Liquids with Meals: Good or Bad?
“Some claim that drinking beverages with meals is bad for your digestion.
Others say it can cause toxins to accumulate, leading to a variety of health issues.
Naturally, you may wonder if a simple glass of water with your meal could have negative effects — or if that’s just another myth.
This article (from healthline.com) provides an evidence-based review of how liquids with meals affect your digestion and health….and here’s the cliff notes below—read the whole article here if you disagree:
- During digestion, food gets broken down within your body so that its nutrients can be absorbed into your bloodstream. (Takes about 24-72 hr).
- Drinking liquids — water, alcohol, or acidic drinks — with meals is unlikely to harm your digestion.
- Whether consumed during or before meals, liquids play several important roles in the digestion process.
- Drinking water with meals may help regulate your appetite, prevent overeating, and promote weight loss. This does not apply to beverages that have calories.
- If you have GERD, limiting fluid intake with meals may decrease your reflux symptoms.
The Bottom Line:
When it comes to drinking liquids with meals, base your decision on what feels best.If consuming liquids with your food is painful, leaves you feeling bloated, or worsens your gastric reflux, stick to drinking liquids before or between meals.Otherwise, there’s no evidence that you should avoid drinking with meals.