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Tap wa­ter

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.”

Min­eral Wa­ter

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

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