A few months ago, we did a post about old wives tales and myths in the world of nutrition…but never would we have thought that the old adage to drink 8 cups of water a day would be one of them!
Apparently, the studies that pushed water down our throats, were, as usual, flawed, and in many cases, funded by organizations that would benefit from our belief that we need to drink a lot of water, like Nestlé Waters.
Aaron E. Carroll, a pediatrician, has written an article in The New York Times called “No, You Do Not Have to Drink 8 Glasses of Water a Day” that you should read to understand how this myth not only persists, but gives us false hope that water is the cure for clear skin and a functioning liver.
While the article claims that there is no formal recommendation for how much water you need to consume, Dr. Carroll does explain that one of the reasons we don’t need 8 literal glasses of water is that we get water from LOTS of other sources (EVEN COFFEE!)…but things like fruits and veggies too.
So, instead of guzzling water tonight, try some of these hydrating summer meals from Greatist!
One of our personal favs for breakfast is a take on a recipe from that list, the “Triple layered breakfast apple sandwich” (which is heard to imagine eating as listed in the recipe), but we recommend sliced apples (high water content) with nut or sunflower butter, cinnamon and a little sprinkle of ground flax. If you NEED something a little sweeter, drizzle a tiny bit of local honey on top…but you shouldn’t need it.