Although the dog days of summer are numbered, the hot weather will last at least another month or two in most parts of the United States or maybe longer, so the question remains: what should you eat or drink to keep cool?
The U.S. is coming off what could be the hottest summer on record, and the scientific community is united in believing the warmest season will get warmer as the climate changes, so eating for the new normal is a serious issue, said Sara Risch, a food industry consultant, speaking to a news conference Tuesday, Aug. 21, at the annual meeting of the American Chemical Society in Philadelphia.
Risch said she was impressed by how little scientific research has been done on the subject, and most of what exists was done by the U.S. Department of Defense studying the military in hot climates.
The issue is mired in folklore and some of it is wrong.
How do you lower your body's thermostat the inexpensive, low-tech way? Keeping hydrated with fruits and vegetables that contain water, consuming the right minerals and the least amount of fat and proteins seemed to be the answer. Spicy food helps, as does astringent food and wines, the kind that make your mouth pucker. Having a cold beer may help, or maybe not.
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