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Old 03-25-2015, 09:14 PM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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During. The whole point of pairing is that the drink complements the food's flavor. And if I am just having water, it helps digestion anyway.
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Old 03-26-2015, 12:55 AM
 
Location: Upstate NY
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I don't drink beverages with meals.
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Old 03-26-2015, 09:22 AM
 
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At home, I never drink with meals. I don't put water or anything else on the table for the family. We drink a lot of fluids all day long, but before or after meals, not during. No real reason for this, just habit. I don't think it's bad for you to drink during a meal (though my father-in-law does, and always refuses the water at a restaurant).

However, if we're eating out and are given glasses of water, we usually drink them just because they are there.
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Old 03-26-2015, 09:36 AM
 
Location: NH
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I never drink when I eat, in fact I never even have a drink in front of me when I eat. The way I look at it is if I am enjoying the taste of my food why ruin it by washing it away with a drink. Ill save the drinking for afterwards if I am thirsty.
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Old 03-26-2015, 09:42 AM
 
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Always during, and it's usually water.
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Old 03-26-2015, 12:11 PM
 
Location: Upstate NY
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At home, I never drink with meals. I don't put water or anything else on the table for the family. We drink a lot of fluids all day long, but before or after meals, not during. No real reason for this, just habit. I don't think it's bad for you to drink during a meal (though my father-in-law does, and always refuses the water at a restaurant).

However, if we're eating out and are given glasses of water, we usually drink them just because they are there.

Same here. DH gets a kick out of the restaurant dialogue and repeated questioning that I get sometimes--am I sure I don't want something to drink? Nothing? How about water? No water, either?
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Old 03-26-2015, 12:15 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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No, neither.
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Old 03-26-2015, 12:42 PM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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I am kind of surprised how many don't have any drink during meals.

While it is by no means dangerous to not drink with a meal, you should at least be well hydrated before eating (a glass or two of water at least 30 minutes or so before the meal), as eating while in a state of dehydration slows digestion and can lead to acute constipation.

I also read that while the old admonition to not drink with meals because liquid dilutes salivary enzymes and gastric juices turns out to be false, copious amounts of very cold (iced) beverages can interfere with digestion by slowing the enzymatic process.

That said, one should also not mix their beverage with the food while chewing because this will interfere with the salivary enzymatic process which is the first step of digestion. In other words, chew your food properly, then swallow, and then take a sip of your beverage. Don't half chew then use your beverage to wash down partially chewed food.

OK, enough sounding like my grandparents.
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Old 03-26-2015, 12:45 PM
 
Location: Islip,NY
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I drink water with dinner and lunch and coffee with breakfast. I do not wait until after.
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Old 03-26-2015, 08:15 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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I never drink when I eat, in fact I never even have a drink in front of me when I eat. The way I look at it is if I am enjoying the taste of my food why ruin it by washing it away with a drink. Ill save the drinking for afterwards if I am thirsty.
What if you eat something hot and spicy?
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