The concept of eating healthy seems like an easy and simple way of living; how hard is it to eat fruits and vegetables and remove junk and fried foods from your diet, right? Well those are actually the easy and straightforward parts of keeping up with the nutrition world. The other ugly side of nutrition that just complicates things and frustrates almost all of us, is when studies and claims start to contradict themselves. One day coconut oil is the devil because of its high content of saturated fats and the next day coconut oil is life and almost one of the healthiest foods on the planet. And the list goes on and on.

But today we’re here to lay to rest one of the nutrition and diet world’s points of conflict.

So let’s start by stating the fact; the healthiest sounding but worst liquid to drink with meals is cold water. Unlike with other claims, the information behind this makes complete sense and won’t leave you frustrated or undecided.

Even though several studies were published a few years ago stating that consuming cold water increases your metabolism, this piece of advice was a double edged sword. It’s true that drinking cold water does speed up your metabolism (about 4 extra calories for every 8 oz water), by using energy to heat up the cold water to your body’s temperature. However, the problem is when you drink it with your meal, energy required for digestion is diverted to processing the cold water, and that’s not good. Essentially, cold water slows down your digestion when consumed with food. You need all your energy to digest your meals properly to break down food so you can easily absorb the nutrients and eliminate waste and toxins.

So remember to be nice to you digestion by reaching for a glass of room temperature water during meal times!