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I knew a family that would not drink water 30 minutes before and after meals because it dilutes stomach acid reducing the amount of food absorbed.<br><br><br><br>
Does anyone here do the same? Have any links regarding it? I've been thinking of doing this but I'm not sure, whenever I try I get crazy thirsty heh.<br><br><br><br>
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I've heard the stomach acid thing too, though I don't know how true it is. I've also heard claims to the opposite.<br><br><br><br>
In somes cultures it's actually considered rude, though I don't know exactly why - I always assumed that it suggested you were "washing the food down" or something to that effect. Don't know of any citations off-hand, but I think I recall reading about it in the forward of a Barbara Tropp cookbook.
 

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I rarely drink water with my meals. Unless it's something really spicy, dry, or icky. (So I can understand the rude angle.) I always have it there, but I ususally forget to drink until after I'm done eating. Then I realize I'm tremendously thirsty.
 

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I have only heard of it with raw foods. I personally drink water with every meal. I do not care for the taste of water, and it is an easy way for me to fit it into my day.
 

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I knew a family that would not drink water 30 minutes before and after meals because it dilutes stomach acid reducing the amount of food absorbed.<br><br><br><br>
Does anyone here do the same? Have any links regarding it? I've been thinking of doing this but I'm not sure, whenever I try I get crazy thirsty heh.<br><br><br><br>
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I never drink water with meals since water diminishes the food's flavor, yet when I have no fluid at all with a meal the meal is too dry. I usually drink either soymilk or fruit juice with my meals, and whether it is soymilk or fruit juice depends on what I am eating.
 

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I think volume is important to the argument. Chugging a Quart size cup of water/ ice tea/ soda etc., can really dilute the acid-- a small glass of liquid like a glass of wine is "part of the meal" and should compliment it. If total absence of liquids was appropriate-- you couldn't have soup.
 

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I never drink with my meals. I mean, a sip or two, but my friends think I'm crazy because they are all on their second round of soda and my water goes practically untouched!
 

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hmmm, it doesn't really make sense to me. i would assume our stomach reacts to volume changes by secreting more acid.<br><br><br><br>
further, the more fiber you eat the more water you want to help carry it through the system.<br><br><br><br>
and i also think the 30min wouldn't make much difference considering it takes hours to process.<br><br><br><br>
i would go with whatever is your preference.
 

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Just occurred to me - in survival training, they alway preach that if you are stranded and have food but no water then don't eat, as digestion requires a lot of water -<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.ci.phoenix.az.us/FIRE/desert.html" target="_blank">http://www.ci.phoenix.az.us/FIRE/desert.html</a><br><br><a href="http://www.theoutdoorlodge.com/survival/desert_survival_three.html" target="_blank">http://www.theoutdoorlodge.com/survi...val_three.html</a>
 
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