A recent blog on time.com started with the headline “Study: The Perils of a Heavy Bottle-Water Habit.” My thoughts went straight to monetary perils, ie., you’re paying for something you can get for free. Then, my thoughts wandered into the environmental ramifications of drinking a lot of bottled water.
Well, this study went in a different direction. A new study in the Archives of Pediatric Adolescent Medicine sought to find out why parents in certain minority groups and low income brackets were more likely to give their children bottled water exclusively. The blog points out that the parents reported that that they thought bottled water was “cleaner, safer, healthier, more convenient and better tasting than tap.”
And here’s where the “perils” of bottled water come in. “…the study authors note, bottled water may be prone to bacterial contamination. A National Resources Defense Council investigation found that 17% of bottled waters had bacterial loads that were considered unsafe; 22% were tainted with enough chemicals, including arsenic, that they wouldn’t pass the strictest state standards.”
But, there’s more. A 2010 study found that 45% of children who sought treatment for severe diarrhea drank only bottled water, and the time.com blogger pointed out that children are likely not getting enough exposure to fluoride, which affects oral health.
Will this study change your bottle water consuming habits?