Is drinking water in between food necessary?

drinking water - drinking water in between meals
India
November 16, 2009 8:14pm CST
When I drink water in between eating food, my granny was telling me not to drink water in between food as it will occupy space in the stomach and we cannot eat more. But later we will feel hungry soon. But I feel comfortable to drink water little little in between. What is your opinion in this matter? Which one is correct, drink or not to drink
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24 responses
• Canada
8 Dec 09
It is important to keep things in balance. I like to drink water between meals to clean my throat, and keep me hyderated. I am not hungry for snacks between meals when I drink water, but by the time it's time to eat another meal, I am ready for it. Don't drink too much, but don't drink too little either.
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• India
8 Dec 09
You maintain the balance, that is really good.
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@Sreekala (24297)
• India
19 Nov 09
Hi Buchi, Your granny is absolutely right. All the grandmas are good source of right information so we can believe them blindly. If you drink water in between meals your stomach may fill with water so the appetite comes down and you can't eat well. The latest information with me is saying there is nothing wrong to drink water in between meals. So you no need to worry if you can’t leave the habit. [em]
• India
19 Nov 09
I am compromising in between two types of suggestions by reducing the water intake in between meals and taking just a sip of water.
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@vathsala30 (3723)
• India
19 Nov 09
Hi We should not drink water in between our meals. We should drink water only 1 hour after taking our meals. Because the food we eat takes atleast 1 hour to digest, and if after that when we drink water, it enters the bowels which is already empty, and takes with it the remaining food particles, which is sticking on the walls of the intestines and thus the bowels are cleaned completely, So there will not be any gastric problem or any indigestion problem. This is the philosophy of drinking water 1 hour after meals.If we drink water in between meals, before it is digested, the water carries away the undigested food with it, depriving us of getting any nutrient values from the undigested food
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• India
19 Nov 09
Thanks vathsala30 for your detailed response. I understood the points. I will follow that.
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• China
19 Nov 09
hi Buchi_bulla,well ,I think you granny is right. Drinking much water in between food ,It will occupy space in your stomach and you can not eat more ,you can drink some at the proper time,for instance,you can have some water a half hour before mesals and take water after 2 hours of meals,you see water is good for health but less eating is also bad for health,dink water within measure is best.
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• India
19 Nov 09
This is the good advice I am getting from many members here. Thanks for the suggestion.
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@Jackie8 (127)
• China
17 Nov 09
I thinks your granny is right, My father and mother always stop me if I do like that, I don't exactly know why, but I'm seldom drinking water while I'm eating food nowaday. it seems drinking soda pop is OK, many people like to drink soda pop during eating food, I do it so sometimes.
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• India
17 Nov 09
What is soda pop? If it is soda that has aerated tang taste, then how can that be good for health? That soda tang will come out as belches is it not?
@Jackie8 (127)
• China
18 Nov 09
the soda pop, I means like Coca cola, Pepsi, and some this kinds of beverage which named in my country seem as "soda pop". I don't know why, maybe it is new to my father and mother, so he didn't stop me, and they drink too sometimes.
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• India
19 Nov 09
Even my children order for fanta, mirinda or something like that in the restaurant.
@bwanna (282)
• United States
17 Nov 09
Actually I try to drink as much water as I can before meals to curb my appetite. Don't want to gain too much weight! Then, water is really good for you, too. It helps clean out your system, too. So that's always good.
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• India
17 Nov 09
Water is good for health but less eating is also bad for the health. Eating required food is very essential for good health.
• United States
17 Nov 09
actually we eat far to much, If we reduce our caloric intake our body uses them more efficiently prolonging our life. excess calories are stored as fat which is perfect for diseases to grow. A lot of illness is caused be high levels of toxins and chemicals that should have been flushed with more water, not less. If you drink copious amounts of water than the salt levels in your blood can be diluted which would be harmfull as salts or electrolites are needed for electrical impalses to be passed around the body.--- Kids are a different story, I give my kids there drink after they eat as kids need as much energy as possible to grow healthy and strong, as long as it is not empty calories or the children are obese. But it is very hard to drink to much water. Drink some water before meals, you will live longer and healthier.
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• India
19 Nov 09
Thanks for the suggestion. I will do that.
@Apples24 (425)
• Singapore
17 Nov 09
Water help our esophagus to lubricate and can help the food slide down more easier. But it is also true what your grandmum said, Drinking between meals can actually make your food consumption less.
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@Apples24 (425)
• Singapore
17 Nov 09
sorry for using the term"slide" the proper term in "contract"
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• India
17 Nov 09
My be little water will not be a hindrance for consumption. Thanks for the post.
• India
17 Nov 09
Sorry May be and my my be
• United States
17 Nov 09
If you drink anything it occupies space in your stomach, so chances are, you might eat less. And since water leaves our body faster than the food we put into ourselves, chances are you'll feel to eat again later on. But I figure it's not all that bad because it's definitely worth it to drink water even if it makes you feel fuller quicker.
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• India
19 Nov 09
May be a sip or two is ok I feel.
• United States
19 Nov 09
If you think about it, you're supposed to drink 8 glasses of water a day. Taking a few sips or even a cup of water before a meal will definitely make you feel fuller quicker, but as long as you're eating a decent amount during meals then you'll be fine. And if you're worried that maybe you're not eating the amount you should, maybe you should consider replacing the water with juice or V8 or any type of drink like that.
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@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
17 Nov 09
It would be very hard for me to eat even one bite of anything without having a drink of water. And my tall glass of water has to be stone cold. Nothing else quenches my thirst. If I don't have water with my meal, I have a hard time getting the food down. That's just me . . . I really love my glass of water.
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• India
17 Nov 09
Thank you, at least there is one person to give company to me. But all are telling that it is not advisable. May be we have to reduce the water intake.
@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
17 Nov 09
Yeah, I've heard it might not be good to drink while eating but I just couldn't do it. Plus we're supposed to have a certain amount of water a day anyhow. I figure it's a good way to get your daily allowance. I think most Americans drink with their breakfast, lunch and dinner. Oh well, that's just me.
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@shilley (157)
• India
17 Nov 09
Hi Buchi_bulla,your grandma is correct.Avoid drinking water in between food so that you can eat well according to your appetite.Instead make an habit to drink after having food as it helps in digestion as well.
• India
19 Nov 09
Even others are suggesting the same shilley. When so many people are telling a good advice, I must listen to it.
• Philippines
17 Nov 09
It's always necessary for me. What will happen to you if the foods stocks and can't swallowed it properly. It's alright to eat more but remember, the more the food that you eat, the more danger in your health. Eat balance. For me, water is the best medicine for diseases that we can get on food.
• India
17 Nov 09
Very true. But eating very less also will be a problem on health.
• Philippines
17 Nov 09
It is advisable to drink water as it helps in the movement of food along the gullet.
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• India
17 Nov 09
What an elegent, majestic eagle is your avatar? It is marvellous. Well it is good to drink water. But people say that we should not drink water in between meals.
@abhaijith (2962)
• India
17 Nov 09
I think Your Granny is right,because Doctors say to have some hot water only after meals,not in between.I don't know more about its scientific side. Any way Good Discussion Friend.
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• India
17 Nov 09
It is really a doubt of mine that I wanted to clear. Thanks for the response and the complements.
@neelimaravi (1794)
• India
17 Nov 09
hi aunty, well, better avoid to take inbetween to drink water, after finishing the meals we can drink then our food will digest easily, but we won't do that, sometimes i will drink in between the meals because if i take dry food, i have take water otherwise it won't go inside. thanks for your topic, have a nice day.
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• India
17 Nov 09
After few morsels of food, it stucks to the throat. It will not go inside the throat. So I take little water. If I drink little water, then it will easily go into the stomach. Then I feel like eating next morsel. However since all of you are telling it is not advisable, I think I have to reduce it. Thanks for the response.
@dpk262006 (56599)
• Delhi, India
17 Nov 09
Hi! I think it is better to take water at least half an hour after taking meals. It helps in better digestion. I do like-wise. If at all you feel like taking water in between your meals, you may take it before starting your meal. It will not only be more fruitful but it will help you consume less food.
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• India
17 Nov 09
There is a point in what you say dpk262006, Thanks for the suggestion.
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
17 Nov 09
I think we should drink water whenever it is possible to do so. I do not think there is any set time for it though. I think if we drink in between meals, we may fill up alot faster when eating and it will help to make us regular also.
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• India
17 Nov 09
You mean it will reduce our food intake?
@yugasini (12839)
• Anantapur, India
17 Nov 09
hi buchi_bulla, neither you nor your granny is right,take half to one ltr water before 30 or 45 minute to breakfast/lunch/dinner ,take water after 2 hours of food,if you take water while eating food,it will mix with food and it will take more time to consume and it will be in the stomach itself,then the stomach will become bulging day by day,have a nice day
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• India
17 Nov 09
That is what my granny told is it not, not to drink in between meals?
@BART78 (2932)
• Canada
17 Nov 09
hi buchi_bulla! the best time to drink water is one hour or 30 minutes before your meal, minimize water during meal and drink a lot of water after one hour of your meal, this helps you not to fell bloated and have a belly in your tummy..
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• India
17 Nov 09
Thanks for the tips. I badly require it. I have to reduce my belly.
@bettydeng5 (1709)
• China
17 Nov 09
In my opinion, I think your granny's are right. It's best way to dreak water before eat food in advance half of an hour. It's not good for your stomach to drink water when you eat food, it will hurt your stomach.
• India
17 Nov 09
I think elders have some reason for what they say.
@Hatley (164450)
• Garden Grove, California
9 Dec 09
buchi__bulla your granny is wrong you can drink water any time of the day or night, drinking between meals will only fill your tummy for a very short time so no harm there. we all need from 8 to 10 glasses per day and its best to space them out during the day so yes you can safely drink water in between meals and yes it is necessary to do so.