Re: Cold water with meals
I think a lot of people must be drinking cold water with their meals; otherwise, why would full service restaurants be serving big glasses of ice water with their meals, and sometimes coffee as well.
Although, just because it's being done by a lot of people, doesn't mean it's a good idea. I heard from one health source that it does dilute your stomach acid. Another source, the author of "Green For Life", stated that not everyone produces the same amount of stomach acid. Some produce a lot and some produce little. In general, people seem to produce less as they get older.
To play it safe, I would suggest drinking water at room temperature about 1/2 hour before meals.