I was surprised to learn that some pieces of health advice that have become common wisdom are really just food myths.
The infographic below sheds some light on common food myths, explaining where they came from and the real food facts behind them. I almost feel like many of these are less “food myths” and more “food misunderstandings,” but seeing how these ideas made their way into popular culture was very eye-opening!
The one that struck me most was the information about how much water you need. I’d read that the “8 ounces a day” thing was a little bit oversimplified, but their formula was new to me. The one that I’d been using was 1/2 ounce of water per pound of body weight. So, if you weigh 150 pounds, you need 75 ounces per day – 11 ounces more than 8 cups would provide. What formula do you use to determine how much water to drink? Do you count your daily glasses at all?
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Image Credits: Infographic via Visual.ly