As a bariatric patient, we’re not supposed to drink anything while eating or for a while after.
It has to do with the “pouch” our surgeries create that help us feel full on small amounts of food, and the drinking flushes the food through meaning we get hungry faster, eat more, etc.
Anyways… someone said something on a site I’m on about how nobody should be drinking while eating, since even a normal stomach would have a similar reaction.
Is there any merit to that?
– Rob (last name withheld)
None whatsoever. This is why armchair nutritionists on online message boards should rarely be trusted.
What you are referring to, Rob, is a condition known as dumping syndrome.
It’s quite common following bariatric surgery, and occurs when food travels from the stomach to the small intestine much more quickly than it should.
A small number of exceptions aside, individuals who have not had bariatric surgery do not need to worry about this.
As I always say, our bodies are very, very smart machines.
A regular stomach not only acts as a large reservoir of now-liquified broken down food (it can hold roughly 1.5 to 2 quarts!), but also transports that into the small intestine in a controlled fashion thanks to a powerful, ring-shaped muscle known as the pyloric sphincter.
Bariatric surgery results in the pyloric sphincter being bypassed during digestion, hence the possible complications.