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That’s true, Kirsty. Research shows that a small amount of liquid taken during a meal is okay, but drinking a lot can cause digestion problems because excess liquid can dilute the stomach acids as well as digestive enzymes. The advice is to drink liquids before a meal and two hours afterwards.
Also, drinking too much water during meals can affect the insulin level in the blood, because lots of water drank during the meal increases blood sugar faster. The more insulin that’s released, the more fat it’s likely to store in the body.