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Should You Drink Water While Eating During Meals?

December 2nd, 2011 · 4 Comments ·


You probably have heard people telling you not to drink too much water while you are having your meal. They believe that the water will disrupt the digestion process by diluting the hydrochloric acid and digestive enzyme. Hydrochloric acid is there in our stomach to help in digestion by breaking down food. Is it true that drinking too much water will affect your digestion?

Here are my thoughts:

  • I seldom pay attention to how much water I drink during my meals. Sometimes, I have several sips; at other times, I may dry up entire glass of water within seconds, especially after eating spicy Thai food . None of these drinking patterns make me feel uncomfortable after the meals. It is more up to individual’s preference. But, I seldom see one purposely avoid drinking water just to get better digestion. It depends on what you eat and you will drink naturally. You do not have to keep reminding yourself to drink or not to drink.
  • Digestion process itself is just not as simple as only related to water intake. If you are overeating or having much stress while eating, you will more likely to have digestion problem. Only people who are having problems producing enough stomach acids need to worry about this water intake problem. Even that, if you really want to dilute hydrochloric acid, you really have to drink gallons of water to get the acid and enzymes to the stage of making them ineffective. It is not like with a single glass of water, the acid will be diluted. Your digestive juices cope very well with water intake during meals.
  • Almost all foods contain water – fish, cheese, vegetables, fish and even bread has water. So, when people telling you about “no water” rule during meal, tell them all foods have water.


Since we are on this topic, another related often asked question is that whether drinking water during meals will help in weight control. To certain extent, it may help, depending on how much you really drink. If you drink before, during and after meal, you definitely will feel full. But, once you go to toilet, you will get hungry. A better way is to eat foods with high water content. For example, vegetables and fruits will make you feel full for a longer time compared to few glasses of water.

In short, drinking reasonable amount of water while eating does not disrupt digestion. In fact, water or other liquid actually help break down the food and improve digestion.



Category: Nutrition

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4 responses so far ↓
  • Koolio // Dec 2, 2011 at 9:59 PM

    Fruits actually make me hungry faster, strange but true.

  • pt // Dec 5, 2011 at 2:31 PM

    Well all these days I thought we should not take water during eating but this article really tell us that by intake of water it is not going to harm you as in the last point you have mentioned in foods like fish itself contains water.

  • hanif // Jan 23, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    Mun, so many fish here here..
    *Almost all foods contain water – fish, cheese, vegetables, fish and even bread has water.*

  • bill bullshit // Jan 29, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    I call bullshit when humans were sat in caves all we drank was water no coke then, wise the fuck up people and stop believing every bullshit thing.

    As Hanif stated the majority of food is made up of water.

    More and more each day I am believing what my grandfather said on his deathbed

    “The world was always mean we just got soft”

    Blogposts like this prove it. Grow a pair of f*cking balls and man the f*ck up.

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