Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Bottled Water on Trial

Apparently too much of a good thing is always Bad. I can't remember exactly when (few years ago) bottled water started becoming a hit in Metro Manila. I wasn't really convinced then about the benefits of drinking bottled (or mineral) water and up to now I don't drink it regularly.

Now it appears that at least one city - Toronto - has identified the increased use of bottled water as one of the suspects in the rising cases of tooth decay:

"It's not the water that's causing the decay," said Jack Cottrell, D.D.S., president of the Canadian Dental Association (CDA). "It's the lack of fluoride."

The problem is that people are turning away from tap water - which for over two-thirds of Americans contains all of the fluoride that they need to prevent tooth decay - and most bottled waters don't have enough fluoride.

"If bottled water is your main source of drinking water, you could be missing the decay-preventive benefits of fluoride," the American Dental Association (ADA) says.

In other news: people with brain damage may make good financial decisions!
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