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You asked! Is drinking water with your meals bad for digestion?


You asked! Is drinking water with your meals bad for digestion?

In short . . . no. Drinking water in moderate amounts with your meals shouldn’t affect your digestion in a negative way. In fact, drinking water is important for healthy digestion, so avoiding it can actually have a negative effect. Here’s a little more explanation.

Fact vs. Fiction: Some articles on the internet suggest that drinking water during a meal may dilute the acid in your stomach that aids digestion. Therefore, in theory, the food you eat doesn’t get broken down as it should. However, in carefully controlled studies where researchers measure water intake during a meal and stomach acid levels, as well as digestion outcomes, there is no evidence that there is any interference in digestion. The body’s digestive system is very adept at its job, which is to break down food — including mixed meals with a variety of protein, carbohydrates, fats, and fluids — into nutrients from the minute you start chewing. This process doesn’t get easily flustered in healthy individuals, and certainly not by drinking water.

Why is water so important for digestion? Water and other liquids help break down food so that your body can absorb nutrients. Water also softens stool, which helps prevent constipation. Drinking enough fluids, mostly water, throughout the day is not only important for digestion, but for other important processes in the body too. Actually, it’s important for just about everything: your brain, your heart, your muscles, your skin, and the list goes on.

Do you have to drink water with meals? While getting enough fluids each day is super important for digestion, you don’t HAVE to drink your water during your meals. Many people enjoy having a beverage with meals (and that’s OK, too). However, if you prefer to drink before and after, rather than during, it’s not going to harm you, especially if you enjoy your meals more without drinking during them. As long as you’re adequately hydrated throughout the day, you can drink your water whenever you want. (Note: An exception to this is people who experience acid reflux (heartburn). If you get heartburn, it is best to sip your fluids between meals.)

Here are some tips on hydration and how to make sure you’re getting enough water daily! www.bumblebee.com/healthy-living

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The coronavirus has changed life, as we knew it, forever. Most people will be touched in some way by the pandemic either physically, emotionally or financially. We’ve all heard heart-breaking stories from around the world about lives that have been lost and severe financial hardships caused by the sudden shutdown of so many businesses.

On behalf of all our team members around the globe, we extend our deepest sympathies to all that are struggling through personal challenges, whatever they may be, and we offer our sincerest gratitude to all the heroes who are helping those in need.

We’d also like to add how important it is for everyone to continue to do their part to slow the spread. Physical distancing is critical, and we must all take this seriously. We use the word “physical” because staying away from people in a physical way does not mean we should be neglecting the importance of social interactions, compassion and patience.

We are one of the largest providers of shelf-stable seafood and it is our honor and our responsibility to do our part, in every way we can, to help to keep people fed with affordable, nutritious protein. To that end, we’re continuing to run our factories in the US and Canada while our partners around the world continue to provide supply.

We take great pride in being a “people-first” company, so our decision to continue operations is done with utmost concern for the people making it possible. We’ve enhanced our safety measures to meet or exceed CDC guidelines and we have increased wages in our factories to assist employees dealing with the incremental costs of working and new, unexpected demands on their households.

We also take great pride in producing healthy, nutritious and safe products for our customers. Please know the manufacturing practices we follow year-round protect our both employees and the products they produce. Our facilities have very few people-to-product interactions, all products are sterilized in a high temperature oven and then packaged in highly automated production lines.

Beyond Bumble Bee, we’re continually looking for ways to extend our “people first” approach to make a meaningful impact. With so many people in need, we know this effort is more important than ever. We’re starting by donating more than $1 million in product to food banks in both the US and in Canada. And we will be looking for more opportunities to make a positive difference in the days to come.

Finally, I want to thank you, our loyal and new customers, for your support. We hope you find the recipes on our website helpful and easy to prepare. I also want to send a sincere thank you to our Bumble Bee Team and our valued supply partners around the world for their tireless efforts, particularly those working in sales, manufacturing, distribution and all our support roles, ensuring we can keep store and pantry shelves stocked.

Please continue to do your part to keep yourselves and your families safe during this truly unprecedented time.

With Gratitude,
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