Ithaca Blog

Monday, July 11, 2011

Does Drinking Hot Beverages Cool You Off?

This is an important question on a day of record heat in Ithaca, and much of the country.

Q: Is it true that drinking a hot beverage will cool you off?

A: It will if where you drink it is air conditioned.

Beyond that, hot drink or cold doesn't make any difference. What's important is the amount and the content.

Watch out for sugar, chemicals, and alcohol. Not to mention calories. Even good, natural juice is relatively high in calories.

Dilute, we say. Water is your friend. We prefer ours cold.

Steve Burke
for Ithaca NY Blog

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