BCC’s sidebar links to this report of a clinical study providing scientific evidence for something most of us have heard before: drinking water — plain, pure water — before meals helps you eat less, probably by filling your stomach and helping you feel fuller faster, or at least by reducing the amount of sugary sodas you might otherwise drink. The study says that in their trials, people 55-75 years of age who drank two cups of water before meals ate 75-90% fewer calories, and lost 5 pounds more during the study period than a control group who did not drink water before meals.
Well, this proves that just about anything can be made into a Mormon history post.
Our ancestors promoted the drinking of water — not to lose weight, but as a healthful alternative to drinks condemned by the Word of Wisdom. They even wrote songs to promote the drinking of water. Here are two such songs, the first dating to 1875 and the second to 1887.
They’ll never make it into the hymnbook, but they’re kind of fun.