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: April 11, 2007, 02:42:44 AM

Is bottled water really better than tap?
By Megan Rauscher

Bottled water is not necessarily healthier or safer than tap water, Tampa, Florida-based sports nutritionist Cynthia Sass told the American College of Sports Medicine 11th annual Health & Fitness Summit in Dallas.

Twenty-five percent of all bottled water is actually repackaged tap water, according to Sass.

"Bottled water doesn't deserve the nutritional halo that most people give it for being pure," she says. "If you're not an exclusive bottled water drinker, you may find it worthwhile to check into filtering your tap water to save money."

In a recent Gallop survey, most consumers said they drink bottled water because they perceive it to be purer than tap water. Taste and convenience are also factors.

Because bottled water is considered a food, it is regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration. Tap water is regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Both types of water are subject to testing for contaminates.

But Sass points out that an estimated 60 to 70 percent of all bottled water in the U.S. is packaged and sold within the same state, which exempts it from FDA regulation. And 1 in 5 states do not regulate that bottled water.

Moreover, tests on 1,000 bottles of 103 different brands of bottled water found man-made chemicals, bacteria and arsenic in 22 percent of the bottles.

Tap water is also not immune to contamination problems. While most cities meet the standards for tap water, some tap water in the 19 U.S. cities tested was found to contain arsenic, lead, and pesticides, Sass told the conference.

While most healthy adults can tolerate exposure to trace amounts of these contaminates, some people, such as cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, individuals who are HIV positive or recovering from a transplant or major surgery, pregnant women, children, and the elderly, are more vulnerable.

For these individuals, Sass favors bottled water treated with reverse osmosis, distilled water or city tap water with a filtering system certified by the National Sanitation Foundation.

As for the fitness water craze, skip it, Sass says, noting that fitness and specialty waters with not give an athlete an advantage or edge. In fact, vitamin-fortified waters may pose a risk for over-supplementation.

"Think of your one-a-day vitamin," says Sass. "Some of these waters are multi-vitamins in a bottle, so read the label and compare with the rest of your daily intake, including food," she advises.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070405/hl_nm/bottled_water_dc

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#1 : April 11, 2007, 02:45:49 AM

It tastes better.

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#2 : April 11, 2007, 02:50:39 AM

I have a BRITA filter on my faucet, and I pour the water from that into my BRITA water pitcher that filters the junk into even more pure water.

Then I drink a beer, and grill some marinated steaks. 

I am gonna die one day, but hopefully never from bad water!




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#3 : April 11, 2007, 02:50:59 AM

It tastes better.

LOL Thats what I was going to say

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#4 : April 11, 2007, 02:54:43 AM

I only drink Zephyrhills!

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#5 : April 11, 2007, 08:25:32 AM

I only drink Zephyrhills!
Zephyrhills is awesome, but you can't get it in Atlanta.:-[

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#6 : April 11, 2007, 09:08:10 AM

Actually on the taste thing they used to do a water taste-off annually to disprove this theory and each year NYC tap water won best taste.

There are areas with really hard water where you may have a taste difference but for most of the bottled waters what makes them taste better is that they are cold when you drink them. I just put a pitcher of tap in the fridge and viola, great tasting water.

All posts are opinions in case you are too stupid to figure that out on your own without me saying it over and over.



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#7 : April 11, 2007, 09:47:20 AM

It tastes better.

LOL Thats what I was going to say


I can’t stand the taste of water from plastic bottles you can taste the plastic.    I prefer the water from my fridge that goes thru three filters that I have inline between the fridge and supply.

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#8 : April 11, 2007, 09:51:56 AM

What is this "water" that you speak of??

I like this drink called BEER, and Draft>Bottle

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#9 : April 11, 2007, 10:09:38 AM

I'm w/ you Bug. And welcome back by the way. The only time I drink water is a splash w/ my Scotch.

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#10 : April 11, 2007, 10:11:48 AM

this repackaged water they speak of must be aquafina, that is the most disgusting tasting bottled water

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#11 : April 11, 2007, 10:24:58 AM

Sometimes bottled water is nothing more than bottled tap water.

That's interesting.

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#12 : April 11, 2007, 10:26:35 AM

well when you order water at restraunts it usually comes from their tap back in the kitchen, i remeber being younger and workin in a kitchen and seeing that, now i never order water when i am out to eat



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#13 : April 11, 2007, 10:50:37 AM

The only time I drink water is a splash w/ my Scotch.

AMEN  ;D

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#14 : April 11, 2007, 11:21:27 AM

well when you order water at restraunts it usually comes from their tap back in the kitchen, i remeber being younger and workin in a kitchen and seeing that, now i never order water when i am out to eat

Yes, the foutain soda's made from the same water is much better.  Bottled water is better if it has been distilled.  I have a whole house water filter and it really makes a difference.
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