Health Watch - Food and Feelings: Keeping Cool

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Although food’s main purpose is to provide fuel for the body, there are a lot of other reasons we eat. This week on Health Watch, we’ll talk about the link between food and feelings. When it’s hot outside, something cold like ice cream feels really good to eat, but does it actually cool your body?

Body temperature has more to do with hydration than with the temperature of what you eat or drink. It’s the water in your muscles, cells and blood that keeps you cool. Lona Sandon, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says this means that while eating ice cream may make you temporarily feel cooler, it doesn’t actually do much to cool your body. As ice cream melts, it does become fluid that contributes to your daily fluid intake, but if you want to cool your body on a hot summer day, the best thing to do is drink a glass of water.

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July 2011

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