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We busted these top summer myths to help you stay safe and have fun all season.
Myth #1: Don't go in the water for at least 30 minutes after eating.
Busted: Despite what your mother might have warned you, neither the American Red Cross nor the American Academy of Pediatrics includes this old wives' tale in their water safety recommendations. It is true that more blood flows from the extremities to the gastro-intestinal tract immediately after eating, but the effect on recreational swimmers' performance is minimal.
Much more important rules to live by: Don't swim alone, never let a child be unsupervised in or near water, and do not swim after consuming alcohol.
Myth #2: A sunscreen with SPF 30 provides double the protection of SPF 15.
Busted: According to the American Academy of Dermatology, sunscreen protection does not increase proportionally with SPF rating. Applied properly, SPF 15 blocks 93% of UVB (burning) rays and SPF 30 blocks 97% of UVBRead More »from Seven summer myths debunked