Some people call it bland and boring but there’s no justification for its bad rep. And we are fortunate to live in a country where water is easily accessible and safe to drink straight from the tap.
“Water is an important part of our diet,” says Bibi Chia, principal dietitian at Raffles Diabetes and Endocrine Centre. “But we don’t get our nutrients typically from tap water because the mineral content is minimal. Hence, the benefits are from drinking water alone and not its nutrient content.”
“Tap water in Singapore has fluoride added to it, which helps prevent tooth decay,” explains Jaclyn Reutens, dietitian at Aptima Nutrition & Sports Consultants. “Bottled or distilled water doesn’t contain fluoride.
“The sole purpose of water should be to keep us alive because it hydrates us; the nutritional factor is irrelevant. As long as the water we choose to drink has been treated to remove impurities and bacteria, that type of water is safe for us. In Singapore, all tap water and bottled water are safe for consumption.”
There are a plethora of brands in the market now and some consider it trendy to drink this instead of tap water. “Mineral water contains minerals such as calcium and magnesium, as well as trace of elements such as boron,” explains Jaclyn. “The amounts are negligible when it comes to making an impact on our health – even if drunk in large quantities.”
Also, whether you consume the still or sparkling variety doesn’t make a difference as they’re the same nutritionally. “Sparkling mineral water has carbon dioxide, so it is fizzy. This is a good alternative for those who