Drinking Water with Meals Influences Choices

One of the best things on the web is a site called Diabetes in Control

This site has always seemed to me to be a labor of love – the outcome of persistent dedication, quality of effort and personal integrity.  I have been receiving their weekly newsletter for many years and it is always worth the read.

While about 90% of my use of this site has been in reading their newsletter, on the web site there is scads of educational material relating to diabetes – for both patients and health professionals.  I like the way the newsletter is presented as it comes by email better than the way it is presented when you go to the web site.

One of the smaller notes in their latest newsletter is copied in full below:

Drink Water with Meals to Avoid Obesity and Diabetes.

Drink Water with Meals to Avoid Obesity and Diabetes

Drinking water with meals could be one of the easiest ways to avoid obesity and its accompanying ills, according to new published research. T. Cornwell of University of Oregon and R. McAlister of Michigan State University detailed two studies in their paper. In one, researchers repeatedly watched 75 preschoolers as they were served drinks alongside raw vegetables. They found that the children, age 3 to 5, ate more vegetables when they were accompanied by water than when they were served with sweetened beverages. In the second study, researchers surveyed 60 US adults, age 19 to 23, about food-and-drink pairings and found they preferred the combination of soda with salty, calorie-dense food instead of soda and vegetables. “When we look cross-culturally we can see that food-and-drink combinations are developed preferences. If the drink on the table sets the odds against both adults and children eating their vegetables, then perhaps it is time to change that drink and replace it with water.” Appetite May, 2012

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So, they found that when the young children they studied drink sweet beverages, they ate less vegetables than when they drank water.  To me this would make sense.  Children’s taste buds have not become blunted with age and they are quite sensitive to noticing the complex flavours and sometimes bitter notes of vegetables.  I think these flavours are more likely to be off-putting if you have been exposed to a strongly sweet taste just before and after.

Could repeated experiences like this perhaps also teach kids to generally have an aversion to vegetables?

There are a number of other topics in the latest newsletter, for example:

“Patients with type 2 diabetes are usually advised to keep a low-fat diet. Now, a study shows that food with a lot of fat and few carbohydrates could have a better effect on blood sugar levels and blood lipids…..”

“According to new research presented at a scientific meeting, waist to height ratio better is a better predictor of CVD and diabetes than BMI…. “

Note: The above study of patients with type 2 diabetes used a 20% carbohydrate diet, which is certainly much lower than usual intake and usual recommendations, but is not to be confused with a very low carb diet or a ketogenic diet.

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