My teacher told me that drinking water that is room temperature is better for you then drinking cold water, but she did not tell me why that is. I want to know because I often drink cold water (with ice), because I can't stand water that is room temperature or warm.

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    $\begingroup$ Are we even sure this is true? Countervailing attitudes to cold water exist. $\endgroup$ Oct 16, 2014 at 2:23
  • $\begingroup$ Drink warm water, because calves choose the same! ;-) I don't think it has any significant effect on your health. You may get easier sore throat if you drink too cold, but that's all... $\endgroup$
    – inf3rno
    Oct 16, 2014 at 3:45
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    $\begingroup$ I think this would better fit to skeptics.sx. $\endgroup$
    – Chris
    Oct 16, 2014 at 5:39
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    $\begingroup$ I don't there is much difference. The only reason I can think of is that cold water lowers your temperature and therefore your body needs more energy. $\endgroup$ Oct 22, 2014 at 18:04
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    $\begingroup$ better fitted for skeptics SE $\endgroup$
    – AliceD
    Nov 23, 2014 at 22:34

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Your teacher was passing on a myth.

This false belief might be related to the equally false belief that hot exerted horses should not be fed cold water. It could also be down to someone downing a big glass of ice-cold water in one go as a child, get a brief stomach ache and spin a health-advice on it.


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