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You Don't Need 8 Glasses of Water a Day

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Tuesday, 25 Aug 2015 03:52 PM

A leading health expert from the Indiana University School of Medicine is throwing cold water on the idea that you should drink eight glasses of H2O every day.

Aaron E. Carroll, a professor of pediatrics, tells The New York Times that long-held health recommendation is a myth, with no medical research to support it.

“If there is one health myth that will not die, it is this: You should drink eight glasses of water a day. It’s just not true. There is no science behind it,” he says.

Carroll adds that media reports every summer warn that dehydration is dangerous and common — and drinking lots of water is the best way to prevent it. But those claims are largely untrue, he argues.

The truth is that many foods contain water and most people take in enough through meals and other beverages — fruits, vegetables, juice, beer, tea, and coffee — that they don’t need to drink eight glasses of water a day.

“Many people believe that 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,” he notes. “But they ignored the sentence that followed closely behind. It read, ‘Most of this quantity is contained in prepared foods.’ ”

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