The Truth Behind “Enhanced” Waters

Drinking plain old water can be a bit of a snoozefest, especially if you're getting your recommended daily amount of at least eight large glasses a day. But if your ennui is leading you to load up on seemingly healthy bottled-water alternatives, you need to read this first.
"In general, we have no evidence that water can be improved," says Prevention's nutrition advisor David Katz, MD, MPH, an associate professor adjunct in public health at Yale University's School of Medicine. "There is no convincing evidence of benefit from any version of 'enhanced' water."
In general, he says, "we consider a beverage 'water' if it has no calories, no sodium (or trivial amounts in mineral water), and no sweetener (sugar, alternative, or artificial). If a product is sweetened, it's not water—it's a soda."
Here's what you need to know before you glug your next jug of fancy water.
As if shelling out for an overpriced bottle of H2O isn't troublesome enough, keep in mind that you're also paying for something you definitely don't want: BPA. Plastics are made with BPA—a hormone-disrupting chemical that's been linked to increased risk of heart disease and obesity—which means your bottled water is swimming with the chemical, too.
And then, of course, there's the issue of where the water actually comes from. In 2007, after receiving pressure from the nonprofit group Corporate Accountability International, Pepsi's Aquafina confessed their true source of water was filtered tap–not a mountain spring as they'd claimed.

By: Stephanie Castillo



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