Iced Water Doesn't Cause Fat In Stomach As Claimed In This Viral Post
"Iced water can make your belly big because fat is needed to warm up the iced water during the digestive process," it says.
"The more you consume iced water, the more fat is needed to make the iced water warm. More fat will be accumulated inside the stomach."
The post has been shared more than 80 times.
However, the claim is false.
Dr Ari Fahrial Syam, an internist and the dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Indonesia, said the advice was a hoax.
"There is no connection between drinking iced water and fat formation," he told AFP.
"Fat is accumulated due to lack of exercise," he said, because "calorie intake is more than calories spent."
Dr RA Adaninggar, an internist at Adi Husada Undaan Wetan Hospital in the Indonesian city of Surabaya, also said that drinking iced water did not cause weight gain.
"The stomach becomes big because of the accumulation of energy reserves in the form of fat under the skin of the abdomen," she told AFP.
"If the energy used is smaller than the incoming energy, excess energy reserves will be formed, which can come from excessive fat and carbohydrates that are not proportional to their use."