As a child, I was always asked to not drink water right after having a handful of peanuts, especially during winters when we binged on the roasted ones. Well, it was because they believed that drinking water after consuming peanuts could cause cough and irritation in the throat. Although it hasn’t been scientifically proven anywhere, but you may agree it does make sense. Many theories have been surrounding this myth (or fact), but none of them have been proved. Here are some of the reasons why you shouldn’t be sipping on water after munching on these delights. Groundnuts have a tendency to trigger excessive thirst as they are quite dry in nature. One of the most popular reason why you shouldn’t drink water after eating them is the presence of oil in them. Consuming water after having nuts or foods with too much oil content in them may lead to deposition of fat in the food pipe, resulting in irritation and coughing. However, this theory has not been proved as yet.
Another theory is that peanuts produce heat in the body, which is why these are available mostly during winters. Drinking water will only disturb the equilibrium as it would put off the heat. Simultaneous heating and cooling of the body causes cold and cough and various other respiratory problems. According to Macrobiotic Coach and Health Practitioner, Shilpa Arora, “Water after any meal is not recommended as it dilutes digestive juices leading to acidity or indigestion.”
Some say that it is not like we cannot drink a sip or two, but one must avoid consuming cold water and instead sip on lukewarm water. In fact, it is better to wait for at least 10-15 minutes before drinking a glass.
One of the theories is that drinking water after having peanuts causes gastric issues, especially in kids.
Sometimes, it can be due to peanut allergy, which is a common condition. You may feel irritation in your throat, followed by other symptoms. Drinking water may only make it worse for you. So ensure that you do not have a peanut allergy.
While it is generally said that you should avoid gulping down water, it hasn’t been proven anywhere. But precautions don’t hurt; so try and wait for at least 15 minutes before drinking water just to be sure that it would not create a problem for you.