4102 Fact or Fiction : Wait 3 hours before swimming after eating?
Since moving to Italy I have been advised time and again by my girlfriend and her family that I should not go swimming for at least 3 hours after a heavy meal as I would die of stomach cramps (Apparently lots of people die every year according to them).
I thought this sounded like far too long and so decided to do some research on the Internet about this subject, what I found was numerous stories saying its a myth and an old wives tale.
Here are just a few links of about 30 I have.
As a kid I was only ever told an hour max and all my research seems to say this is an old wives tale and in fact there is no definitive proof for needing to wait at all before swimming (other than waiting long enough to feel comfortable). However no matter how much evidence I show my girlfriend and family, they just wont even consider the possibility that its just an old wives tale or misinformation.
Now its your turn, can anyone show me some "Italian" evidence for or against this theory so that I can finally put this to rest.
I just had a son and I really don't want to perpetuate a myth unnecessarily and make my son have to wait 3 hours "which must seem like a lifetime for a little kid" before they can enjoy themselves in the water.
Thanks for all your help in advance.