Drinking and Eating Together… What About It?

2009 September 27

This is an interesting question…

Does the temperature of the beverage you are consuming with your meal matter?

Well… let’s think about that for a moment…

First, before we get into temperature, its important to understand that the amount of liquids we consume with our meals may also have an effect on our digestion.Roasted Vegetable Quinoa Salad

What I mean is that if we consume too much liquid with our meals it can actually dilute our digestive juices (your hydrochloric acid) making it more difficult to actually digest our meal.

Therefore… when eating, we should technically drink our liquids 20 minutes prior to eating to rinse the stomach. We should drink very little when actually eating and wait awhile after eating to consume more liquids to give our systems the opportunity to actually do the job of digestion.

Now… Back to the original question about temperature… Does it matter?

Here’s what you need to understand…

If during a meal I eat any type of fat or oil… and then consume a large ice cold beverage with that meal… guess what?

The fats and oils can actually become cold and solidify in our stomach. (Not a good thing!) This will slow down your digestion and create a “sludge” type goo in your system.


Once this “sludge” reacts with the acid, it  will break down and be absorbed by the intestines much faster than the solid food. Which, will allow it to line the intestine and possibly begin to cause some issues there.

So… if you are going to drink liquids with or right after a meal it would be best to drink only a little and make it something warm that will not cause this fat solidifying reaction or dilute your digestion too much.

Your Thoughts?

To your health and well-being,

Shawn King

Wellness Coach

2 Comments leave one →
2009 October 6

Paramahansa Yogananda wrote that you shouldn’t consume liquids with meals, especially cold liquids, and here I see why… this is something that should be common information, but isn’t.
I’m glad you are writing this blog Shawn!

2009 December 9

Excellent reasoning!

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