Health Impact of Drinking Water during Meals

Health Impact of Drinking Water during Meals

A radio program one day was on health matters. The expert on the show answered a question from a listener and gave a highly disputed opinion. He advised that water should not be taken while eating. It should be before or after the meal. But the question is, how true is the claim?

water drinking during a meal
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Water is the principal chemical constituent of the body
constituting about
65% of the body weight of an adult male and 55% of the adult female. It is distributed within the intracellular fluid and outside of the cells in the extracellular fluid. Water is indispensable for metabolic activities within cells, as it is the medium in which chemical reactions usually take place.

According to article on Times of India, water should not be taken during meal. Macrobiotic counsellor Shonali Sabherwal suggest that when we drink water during meal, it washes down the digestive juices needed for digestion. He said

"...This absorption continues till it becomes concentrated enough for the digestive juices to begin digesting your food. However, due to it getting mixed with water, this concentrated substance is now thicker than the food contents present in your stomach. So less gastric juice will be secreted to digest your food. The result is, undigested food leaks into your system as it gets absorbed through the stomach walls. This will also lead to acid reflux and heart burn." Drinking water with meals can also cause a surge in your insulin levels, almost like the way high glycemic food would affect you. The more insulin is released in to your blood stream, the higher the chances of you storing fat in your body."

How truth can this be? Michael F. Picco, M.D. of MayoClinic disputes this claim. He said "There''s no concern that water will dilute the digestive juices or interfere with digestion. In fact, drinking water during or after a meal actually aids digestion. Water and other liquids help break down food so that your body can absorb the nutrients. Water also softens stools, which helps prevent constipation".

There is no medical proof or evidence to prove that water during meal is quite unhealthy. Most doctors recommends it to aid digestion and bowel movement.