I add about 3/4 cups of Blue Diamond almond milk (unsweetened) every morning to a single serving of Cheerios. The milk contains filtered water, and I read that drinking water with food at the same time makes it harder for the small intestine to absorb the nutrients from the food. Has this been verified?

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    $\begingroup$ This topic is more appropriate for skeptics.stackexchange.com $\endgroup$
    – Chris
    Feb 20, 2014 at 14:02
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    $\begingroup$ Do not migrate this to skeptics please. You've read it where? How does this apply when you're eating say a tomato, most of which consists of water. As do 90% of all foods you eat. $\endgroup$
    – terdon
    Feb 20, 2014 at 16:52
  • $\begingroup$ And by which way should water hinder the absorption? $\endgroup$
    – Chris
    Feb 21, 2014 at 7:44

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Overall, no it doesn't. Cereal is made in a way that it's expected consumers will consume it with milk. Here's a list of some important fortifications added to cereal and milk effects on absorption.

Riboflavin: No. Affected most strongly by light.

Iron: Yes. Calcium can affect absorption. Milk causing a deficiency is rare unless it is being used as a breast milk substitute in babies.

Thiamin: No. Unless you are drinking alcohol with your cereal.

Folic acid: Milk is a source of this!

  • $\begingroup$ What about zinc? $\endgroup$
    – inf3rno
    Oct 19, 2014 at 12:35

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