Monday, June 28, 2010

FYI - Drink Lots of Water but Be Cautious!

Who would have ever thought that one can bottle water and sell it? It's like selling shells on the beach, sort of as you can pick up your own shells but somehow the shiny polished ones are more appealing. However, it makes so much sense. Nothing beats a nice cold drink of water on a hot day or after a good work out, it is so refreshing.

Bottled water is sold and consumed by billions of people all over the world. In fact, the International Bottled Water Association states that in 2009, over 8 billion gallons of bottled water was consumed worldwide. Now that's a big order and many major beverage companies are tapping into the water bottling industry.

In the United States, we have the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)who oversees the industry; setting standards and requirements to ensure that the water is safe for consumption, the manufacturers are using the proper materials to make the bottles and that the information printed on the labels are accurate.

With all that said, we have a role to play once the water is in our hands. Family size bottles where everyone pours it into a cup are generally safe. If you have opened up a bottle of water, drank some and placed it in your gym bag then in the trunk of your car - use the rest to water your plants. Avoid drinking water from the individual bottles that has already been opened and lingering around for days on end. Keep in mind that there may some contaminants in the water which may make a healthy person very sick. For those whose immune system has been compromised, exercise extra precaution as you may suffer severely or worse yet you may die.

Here are some interesting reports on plastic bottles:

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