BOTTLED WATER BOLOGNA
Support clean municipal water instead
We know we should be drinking lots of water, but will just any old water suffice? For many who want to know the best source for water, the hardest part is when we’re thirsty and ready to fill our cups. The bottled-water industry markets its products as pure and safe, but these claims are not what they seem to be. Here are some compelling reasons to avoid bottled water:
Bottled water production lacks oversight.
As a packaged food product, bottled water is regulated by the FDA, whose rules are looser than the limits imposed by the EPA on tap water. Beverages like sparkling water, seltzer water, soda water, tonic water, or club soda are considered “soft drinks,” and are exempt even from bottled-water standards. Most bottled water never crosses state lines for sale, which even exempts it from FDA oversight! When tested, nearly one in four of the bottled waters violated state contamination limits for bottled water, most commonly for arsenic or certain cancer-causing, man-made (synthetic) organic compounds.
Drinking plastic isn’t good for you.
Plastic bottles break down and leach BPA and other endocrine disrupters into the water you’re drinking, which can contribute to cancer, infertility, low sperm count, and even ADHD and asthma.
Bottled water is a bad value.
Bottled water is more expensive per ounce than gasoline.
Bottled water means more garbage.
Consider this: 90 percent of seabirds now have plastic in their stomachs.
More bottled water means less attention paid to public water systems.
We should maintain high quality water fountains so that fresh, clean water can be available to people at all times.
In the United States, municipal water is monitored under stringent EPA rules and undergoes regular inspections for bacteria and toxic chemicals. However, given recent findings of toxins like lead in municipal water, the best plan is to filter tap water, ideally using a solid block carbon filter for on-counter use or an under-thecounter multi-stage filter. Maya Shetreat-Klein, MD, is a pediatric neurologist and author of The Dirt Cure: Growing Healthy Kids with Food Straight from Soil.