The risks of propagating a new myth - drinking water is bad for you
While I am all for dispelling a few myths, the means to do so should be solidly grounded. Relying solely on the iconoclastic paper by Valtin in respect of minimum water intake risks throwing the baby out with the bathwater. A later report by the US National Academy of Sciences (http://www8.nationalacademies.org/onpinews/newsitem.aspx?RecordID=10925 for a press release overview) reinforces the point that adequate hydration is achieved through a number of routes but that average fluid intake is of the order of 3.0 litres (101 fluid ounces) and 2.2 l. (74 fl. ozs.) for 19-30 year old men and women respectively.
Perhaps we should be offering informed guidance rather than (potentially) suggesting giving up water drinking entirely.
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