Is your bottled water good for you?

Health Professional

You need to drink water daily to promote optimal heart health, but have you ever wondered just how pure your bottled water is?

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) invested bottled water and released a 2011 report with their findings.

So, let's see if your water choice is really as good as the label claims.

Do you know where the water comes from?
Is it purified?
How is it purified?
Are there any contaminants?

Out of the 10 best-selling bottled water brands, 9 do not answer all of these questions. The top 10 best-selling brands include - Coca-Cola's Dasani, Pepsi's Aquafina, Crystal Geyser, and seven Nestle brands. Only one of the Nestle products (Nestlé's Pure Life Purified Water) shares the specific geographic water source and treatment method on the label, along with an 800-number, website and mailing address where you can request a water quality test report.

Back in July of 2009, EWG released the first Bottled Water Scorecard causing bottled water producers to be bombarded with questions. However, according to EWG, there have been few improvements since 2009. As of 2011, only 18 percent of bottled waters fail to list water location source and 32 percent do not share information on treatment or water purity.

Here's the 2011 Bottled Water Scorecard regarding company transparency when it comes to the quality of their bottled water.

Gerber Pure Purified Water, Nestle Pure Life Purified Water, and Penta Ultra Purified Water all achieved a 'B' grade. These 5 brands all received a failing 'F' grade - Cumby's Spring Water, Market Basket Natural Spring Water, O Water Sport Electrolyte Enhanced Purified Drinking Water, Sahara Premium Drinking Water, and Whole Foods Italian Still Mineral Water.

Major brands, such as Pepsi's Aquafina Purified Drinking Water received a 'D' and Coca-Cola's Dasani Purified Water a 'D' grade as well. That just means these companies are not disclosing information about the water quality of in their bottled water product. Maybe the water is a healthy, pure water choice. BUT if so, wouldn't they just share that on the label?

You can access the full report on the Environmental Working Group website -

EWG recommends drinking filtered tap water to save money and the environment with fewer plastic water bottles to be disposed of.

Bottled water costs close to 2000 times the cost of drinking tap water. Is it really worth it?

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