Should You Drink Cold Drinks in Winter?

December 4, 2010 2 Comments

I have been off for a few days and really enjoying this time of year.  Bonnie and I even managed to cut down a Christmas tree.  It took about 5 tries but the tree is now straight and all decorated.  My apartment now looks very festive and in the Christmas spirit.  I have to admit, it is probably my favorite holiday!

I also managed to make it down for some of the Christmas parade which is always a great occasion here in Wausau.  While I was down there my friends and I got into a very interesting conversation.  Is it better to drink cold or hot drinks when it is cold out?  I lived in the cold for 20 years and have never ever heard that you should drink cold drinks when you are doing winter activities or sports. 

The theroy I was hearing was cold beverages will tend to lower your body so it won’t seem as cold when you are outside.  It is the opposite concept of drinking warm drinks so you feel warm inside. 

Tonight I decided to google the subject and see what I can find out…

I liked this article.  It explains normal body temperature then uses the example of hot tea.  It goes into calories  and Calories and what they actually represent.  It explains that drinking that hot drink increase blood flow to the skin which is why it seems that you are warmer.  The bottom line is that the difference from drinking that hot or cold drink is so insignificant in regards to your body temperature that it really doesn’t make a difference either way.  As it says in the end, enjoy whatever you want!

Have a great weekend! Meteorologist Kristen Connolly

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  1. frank cameron says:

    i say a nice hot drink

  2. kconnolly says:

    I agree! I love my coffee in the mornings!

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