Warm water or cold water after a meal?

E.R. RAMACHANDRAN forwards a forward: “A cardiologist says if everyone who reads this sends it to 10 other people, you can be sure that we’ll save at least one life.”


For those who like to drink cold water, this article is applicable to you. It is nice to have a cup of cold drink after a meal. However, the cold water will solidify the oily stuff that you have just consumed. It will slow down the digestion.

Once this “sludge” reacts with the acid, it will break down and be absorbed by the intestine faster than the solid food. It will line the intestine. Very soon, this will turn into fats and lead to cancer.

It is best, therefore, to drink hot soup or warm water after a meal. This makes sense. The Chinese and Japanese drink hot tea with their meals, not cold water. Maybe it is time we adopt their drinking habit while eating.

A serious note about heart attacks: You should know that not every heart attack symptom is going to be the left arm hurting. Be aware of intense pain in the jaw line.

You may never have the first chest pain during the course of a heart attack. Nausea and intense sweating are also common symptoms. 60% of people who have a heart attack while they are asleep do not wake up. Pain in the jaw can wake you from a sound sleep.

Let’s be careful and be aware. The more we know, the better chance we could survive.



  1. How can it line the intestine if it is absorbed by the intestine?

    Regardless, I am pretty averse to healthy eating habits, so I will let this pass 🙂

  2. David said

    This is a myth. It is noted by Snopes, About.com and if that’s not enough Columbia University’s Health Center.
    Cold water gets absorbed faster and so rehydrates the body more quickly (American College of Sports Physicians).
    And there is no peer reviewed publication supporting the position that it does any harm. Also, it tastes better.
    The forward that has been passed around for a few years on this topic cites oriental cultures. We all know the Japanese live longer. But why? Could it be their after dinner green tea? It might help. But probably the more important factor would be they generally don’t stuff themselves with high calorie foods.
    There have been attempts by modern oriental medical doctors/researchers to create new explanations, but to my knowledge there isn’t a valid one. Originally oriental doctors explained it by way of the elements. Han Chinese, Korean and Japanese medicine extends from an elementalist philosophy. Warm is good, because it’s the right element. The forward I’m referring to is an ad hoc attempt to rationalize the warm water is better than cold water belief.
    Keep in mind that people who start these e-mails are more motivated by the number of readers, recipients, and responses they get rather than any desire to actually help people.
    Maybe they meant well, but now they have 100’s of thousands (perhaps millions)* of people in North America who may now think a warm glass of water will make up for the high fat meal they just consumed.
    How many people do you think that forward is going to save?
    How many people will die prematurely believing that warm water will balance out their unhealthy eating habits?
    I won’t guess, but people who start these myths ought to think a little bit before they start dispensing health advice.

    * [I’ve received the forward twice. This is posted on several “health” advice sites and has had more than 200,000 hits on one site]

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