Drinking with dinner, is it good for you?

Drinking with dinner, is it good for you?
Drinking with dinner, is it good for you?

A glass of milk at breakfast, a cup of tea or coffee at lunch and water, beer or wine at dinner. When we eat something, we often drink it as well. But is it good to eat and drink at the same time? That depends a bit on how your body is set up.

Chew less well when eating and drinking at the same time

In de Volkskrant Professor of neurogastroenterology and motor skills André Smout explains that those who drink do not chew well while eating. As a result, less saliva is produced. “But that can pose no problem for digestion. The enzyme that the salivary glands make can also be added further down the digestive tract, as it is largely produced by the pancreas.”

Production of stomach acid

In the stomach, the combination of food and drink can lead to complaints. Water does nothing, but beer and wine stimulate the production of stomach acid. “In addition, alcohol lowers the pressure in the esophageal sphincter, the barrier between the stomach and esophagus, making it easier to open. For example, having a glass of wine with dinner increases the risk of heartburn,” says Smout.

satiety feeling

With certain foods and drinks, it can happen that food stays in the stomach longer. But according to Smout, this cannot have any negative consequences for the digestion of food in the intestines. That just happens a little later. Eating and drinking at the same time can have a different effect. Because the food stays in the stomach longer, the stomach also stays stretched for a longer period of time. This keeps the feeling of satiety longer. “Whoever drinks during or just before a meal, therefore eats less on average,” says Smout. Although we sometimes eat more in company.

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Eating and drinking at the same time is not good for everyone

Eating and drinking at the same time is therefore normal, but some people get heartburn from it. Others may eat less due to the combination of food and liquids. Yet there are also people who should not eat and drink in the same time frame.

Stomach reduction or intestinal complaints

For example, people with a gastric bypass or gastric bypass should not eat and drink at the same time. Their stomach has become a lot smaller, so they can’t handle this. The stomach is then stretched too far. People with intestinal complaints are also advised to leave some time between eating and drinking. It increases the risk of a bloated stomach. The stomach acid, for example, also becomes less acidic. As a result, proteins are not broken down properly and bacteria are not sufficiently killed. This causes complaints such as bloating, flatulence, diarrhea or nausea. The risk of food poisoning also increases because the food cannot be disinfected sufficiently.

1.5 hour wait before drinking

Janna Koopman is an irritable bowel coach and dietitian. She advises on her website not to drink anything until 1.5 hours after the meal. “This way the stomach can do its job and digestion will run better, so that you can prevent intestinal complaints. It will take some getting used to at first, because you will soon be thirsty after eating. You are used to this.”

(Source: 24Kitchen, Volkskrant, Parool, Margriet, PDS Coaching. Photo: Shutterstock)

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