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Yes, Drinking Cold Water Does Burn Calories. But…

I'll drink to that!

Yesterday, I wrote about a popular myth involving the importance of drinking hot water with your mealstotally untrue. But it seems that I have opened a Pandora’s box. My inbox was flooded with questions about the exact opposite: Cold water.

There is a common belief that drinking cold water is beneficial because the body must work to heat the water to its internal temperature of 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit (37 Celsius). Inquiring minds want to know if this true – or if it’s yet another popular misconception.

Turns out, it is true. Sorta.

The body does use calories to heat cold water, but the body is very efficient. Let’s take an example wherein one cup of water is 32 degrees Fahrenheit (0 Celsius). You drink it, and your internal temperature is a normal 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit (37 Celsius). The body will spend about 8 calories to increase the water temperature. That’s it. It’s the caloric equivalent of 1/6th an Oreo cookie.

In case it’s of interest to you, the formula is pretty simple: It takes 1 calorie to raise 1 gram of water 1 degree Celsius. But, since we’re converting calories to the kilo-calories that we see on nutritional labels, we must divide the result by 1,000 to get your answer.

Even though ice water doesn’t burn a significant number of calories, proper hydration does provide a number of great benefits. So don’t let this information deter you – drink up!

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