“Many believe the source of this myth was a 1945 Food and Nutrition Board recommendation that said people need about 2.5 liters of water a day,” writes Aaron E. Carroll in the New York Times. But they ignored the sentence that followed closely behind. It read, “most of this quantity is contained in prepared foods.”
Carroll, a Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Dean for Research Mentoring at Indiana University School of Medicine, said there was little evidence drinking extra water had any health benefits at all and condemned claims that people risked ill health from not drinking enough.
He said: “These reports work up a fear that otherwise healthy adults and children are walking around dehydrated, even that dehydration has reached epidemic proportions.
“You don’t have to consume all the water you need through drinks.
“You also don’t need to worry so much about never feeling thirsty.
“The human body is finely tuned to signal you to drink long before you are actually dehydrated.
People have more access to medical information than ever before, and yet we still believe “facts” about our bodies and health that are just plain wrong. DON’T SWALLOW YOUR GUM! takes on these myths and misconceptions, and exposes the truth behind some of those weird and worrisome things we think about our bodies. Entries dispel the following myths and more:
– You need to drink 8 glasses of water a day
– Chewing gum stays in your stomach for seven years
– You can catch poison ivy from someone who has it
– If you drop food on the floor and pick it up within five seconds, it’s safe to eat
– Strangers have poisoned kids’ Halloween candy
With the perfect blend of authoritative research and a breezy, accessible tone, DON’T SWALLOW YOUR GUM is full of enlightening, practical, and quirky facts that will debunk some of the most perennial misconceptions we believe about our health and well-being.