Drinking Cold Water Makes Fat Solidify?

I recently discovered an email that has been circulating for a number of few years. Based on Eastern dietary habits of drinking warm tea with meals, it warns readers not to drink cold water while eating:

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” reacted 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 to drink hot soup or warm water after a meal.

A cardiologist says if everyone who gets this mail sends it to 10 people, you can be sure that we’ll save at least one life.

The email went viral, and the rest is history – but is it true?

Absolutely not. For one, the reaction of cold water with food in the stomach doesn’t result¬† in solidification. The human body is very warm – and any temperature differences are quickly nullified. Moreover, by the time our food has entered into the intestine, it’s not solid thanks to the efficiency of our digestion process.

The email goes on to claim that oils turn into fats – though, in actuality, oils are fats. And they neither stick to the intestine nor cause cancer. However, higher levels of body fat and obesity do increase the risk of cancer, though this isn’t mitigated (in any way, shape or form) by drinking warm water or tea.

Though this email has spread like wildfire, it’s 100% untrue.

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Comments

  1. A friend told me that drinking ice water can help you lose weight, she said something about the body having to work to cool the water down. Is this true?

    • AXOLOTL15 says:

      Yeah, but the amount of expended energy is so small it’s practically insignificant. Whether to drink warm or cold water is just a matter of your personal taste; just make sure you drink plenty of it! :)

  2. GeoRG!e says:

    What about drinking water and lemon? What does that do? Someone told me it has to be warm water. But I don’t understand what that was in reference to. I order water with lemon because most restaurants serve tap water, and so the lemon eliminates the taste of tap water.

    • It really is more or less a flavoring thing. Water in and of itself is the blandest of bland flavors, which is why a lot of people would rather drink sugary sodas. But adding lemon to water will give enough of a flavor to make it palatable.

    • Manoah!6 says:

      It also prevents, well actually, kind of prevents water intoxication (or water poisoning or too much water) because lemons have electrodes that gets “flushed” out of your body system when you drink too much water. Lemons replaces these electrodes therefore preventing overhyddration

  3. I was wondering the same thing as LIZ..& someone told me that boiling water is better. I wouldn’t wanna drink hot water… I never got it..or tried it. I could understand boiling it to get rid of “bad things” & then putting it in the fridge. A lot of people think that if you drink nothing but bottled water it’ll aid in weight loss & reaching your fitness goal. BUT, I also read that lack of chlorine and what not in tap water rots your teeth..I dunno what to believe so I’m asking.

    • AXOLOTL15 says:

      There’s a lot of myths surrounding tap water and its supposed “unhealthy” traits. The truth is, unless you live in a developing country, drinking from the tap is 100% safe. Besides, did you know most water bottling companies use 65% municipal source water (aka tap water) on average for their products?

      All water, whether tap or bottled, contains trace amounts of minerals like calcium and magnesium (it’s part of the natural water cycle, all rushing water comes in contact with minerals like these during runoff)? Chlorine is added as an antimicrobial agent, though it is toxic to humans, the amount present is so small the toxicity is negligible (unless you’re a protozoan or a bacteria living in that water, in which case you’re screwed!)

      A group of scientists did an experiment where a group of people were served regular tap water and another group 100% purified, sterilized water (sans chlorine, magnesium, etc…) and most people preferred the tap water due to taste.

  4. Think about eating a bowl of ice cream, or some other frozed desert. How does that feel while you are eating it, and then after you’ve consumed the whole bowl of ice cream, how does that feel to you? Do you notice a change in your body’s temperature? If you ate it very quickly, your teeth and mouth will have given you some indication of the coldness of the desert as a first reaction to it’s temperature.

    Once any cold substance enters your mouth, if you hold it there for a short period of time before swollowing it, the temperature of it will begin to become warmer. Likewise, when you drink something hot, if you hold it in your mouth for a little while, the temperature will cool down.

    Obviously, your body will tell you if what you are consuming is too hot or too cold, and will let you know quite quickly that is the case. It is no mistake that our body functions the way it does, there IS a rhyme and reason for all of it’s functioning.

    The more important question might be, do you pay attention to what your body is telling you, or do you just ignore it?

    If you are asking questions about the effects of drinking cold water, or hot water, and you don’t know what those effects are through your own experience, I’d say it is a pretty good indication you aren’t paying attention to what your body is broadcasting to you each moment of every day.

    The solution is quite simple. Pay attention, be mindful of what the body communicates to you in all the many ways it has to do that.

    Now might be a good time to get reacquainted with your body, the body you’ve inhabited for all of your life. :) If you are exercising, etc., you’ve probably been paying a lot more attention to your body than the average person you may meet on the street.

    While someone telling you about the effects of doing this or that may be helpful, you will learn the most through your own personal experience.

  5. DannyH says:

    I’m a doctor and I can confirm what Davey says. The contents of that email are 100% (what we in England like to call) bollocks.
    That is all.

  6. But for the emulsifying properties of bile, a detergent, dietary lipids wouldn’t be absorbed regardless of temperature. While drinking warm liquids, i.e. adding heat to the system, might speed up the rate of digestion of all foods the effect would be minimal at best. Our digestive tract is no a closed system and the heat would be quickly dissipated to our body water as per the 1st law of thermodynamics (heat tranfer). Likewise the 1st law would quickly warm up a half a liter of cold water. the average body has 40+ liters of total body water: that’s a lot of heat capacity. That’s why we can go into a sauna and not start baking.

  7. Unvelieveble!

  8. Yes, oils can solidify into fats. But it’s just like all other elements and compounds of the periodic table. Everything has a freezing/melting point and a boiling/condensing point, but it depends on what those temperatures are. With the right situations, I’m sure you can make true olive oil gas and canola oil solid. It’s just that the sitting temperature of most oils as liquids are the same as the air temperature. But at the same time, the hotter you make oils, the easier it is for them to combust, so those true vapors of oil would break down into their elemental pieces before they vaporize.

    My point being, it is possible for you to make oils solidify into fats, it’s just that at the body’s natural temperature/pressure/etc, it will not occur.

  9. Joey in NC says:

    Really though, there’s a big whole in the story right at the end. “a cardiologist says…”– why would a cardiologist be making any kind of reference like that? It would be more like a gastroenterologist. :)

  10. Nworgu uchechi says:

    How can I burn out or reduce solidified oil in the body most especially, the stomach?

  11. Nworgu uchechi says:

    How can I burn out or significantly reduce solidified oil caused by intake of cold water in the stomach?

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