Sure you can! But, should you? Is it good or bad for the food processing?
Lately, science is on the stand that you should absolutely never eat and drink at the same time, whether it is water or soda or juice.
Simply because extra liquid dilutes the stomach acid. Others believe that water might push food that is still unprocessed fully, directly into the intestines. From the other point of view, there are people who believe that drinking more water will make you eat less, because the stomach will be full.
To prove a point, let’s first explain the food digestion process. The breakdown of food into energy and tiny food particles, that can be easily taken by the blood later, starts just by being hungry and thinking about food.
Saliva – the liquid in your mouth has the initial enzymes that break down the food, before it gets to be dissolved by the stomach acid. The gut usually takes about 4 hours to digest an average meal, from food parts into liquid, which is then taken by the intestines and the blood, and then, in the whole organism.
But, the water doesn’t stay in the gut – it flows over it. A lake doesn’t condensate inside your gut from drinking water. So the fact we can prove here is that liquid definitely doesn’t dilute the stomach acid.
In fact, it is better to drink a cup of liquid while, or after your meal.
- It helps soften and break down solid foods
- Prevents constipation and softens the stool
- Chewing less and having a “drink break” from your food, can actually make you eat less and don’t overburden your gut
- warm drinks are way better for food digestion than cold drinks
- warm water with lemon during your meal can improve your bowel movement and fasten your metabolism
Don’t underestimate your smart body machine. In the end, if the stomach “feels” that it can’t digest something, it pumps out more enzymes to increase the acidity of the liquid inside. Even if you drink half a gallon of water, it won’t change the acidity.