Don’t drink water after eating peanuts — a myth or fact?
By NCVC Staff | Published on Sep 22, 2023
Winter in India is synonymous with the sight of roadside vendors selling roasted moongfali or peanuts. This crunchy nut not only makes for a great snacking option but also offers amazing health benefits and is a powerhouse of nutrients. However, amidst all the goodness, there is one dietary tip that has always left us wondering — why shouldn’t we consume water immediately after eating peanuts?
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Is there any truth to this advice or is it just hearsay? Let’s explore the science behind it and find out.
The Science Behind the Advice
Apart from our mothers telling us not to drink water after eating peanuts, there is actually a scientific reason behind this diet tip. Many people believe that consuming water right after peanuts can trigger coughing and throat irritation, and it turns out they are right.
Shweta Mahadik, a Clinical Nutritionist from Fortis Hospital Kalyan, explains that consuming water after eating nuts or foods with high oil content may lead to fat deposition in the food pipe, resulting in irritation and coughing. Therefore, it is advised not to consume water immediately after eating nuts.
In addition, peanuts are warm in nature and when we drink water over them, there is a disturbance in the equilibrium of temperature as water causes a cooling effect. The simultaneous cooling and heating in our body can lead to cold, cough, and other respiratory problems. It’s similar to drinking cold water after spending time in the heat.
So, it turns out that this advice is not a myth at all. It’s true that you shouldn’t drink water with or immediately after eating peanuts. Mahadik further emphasizes that if you have a nut allergy and consume nuts, the body releases chemicals like histamine that can cause wheezing and breathing trouble, especially after drinking water. Therefore, it is recommended to wait for at least 10 minutes before drinking water.
Why Do Peanuts Make You Thirsty?
Peanuts have a tendency to trigger excessive thirst as they are naturally dry in nature. The dryness of nuts like peanuts can make you feel thirsty. Additionally, after consuming oily foods or nuts, fats may accumulate in the esophagus, causing a sore throat and cough, which further increases the urge to drink water. Now you know why it’s advised to avoid drinking water immediately after eating peanuts.
Are Peanuts Good in Winter?
As winter approaches, peanuts become one of our favorite companions. And the good news is that peanuts are indeed good for the winter season. According to Mahadik, here’s why:
Peanuts are rich in healthy fats and keep the stomach full, helping you naturally reduce calorie intake throughout the day and avoid craving empty calories.
A study conducted by Harvard researchers showed that incorporating peanuts and peanut butter into weight loss and weight management plans resulted in twice as many people successfully sticking to their diets.
Eating a handful of peanuts daily provides your body with a rich source of plant protein, fiber, and nutrients that contribute to keeping you satisfied and help with calorie control.
Peanuts contain key nutrients that support a healthy metabolism.
Peanuts help prevent heart disease by lowering cholesterol levels and reducing the formation of small blood clots, thus decreasing the risk of stroke.
Peanuts are also a low glycemic food, making them suitable for diabetics.
However, it’s important to remember that moderation is key. To fully reap the benefits of peanuts, consume them in moderation.
So, the next time you enjoy peanuts, remember the science behind the advice and make informed choices. Cheers to the crunchy goodness of peanuts, but don’t forget to quench your thirst wisely!