But not for the reasons that you might think.
The story was not that there was anything necessarily bad in the water, nor is there a problem with the bottles themselves.
The problem comes from the fact that bottled water seldom contains fluoridation – the compounds that dentists used to coat children’s teeth with in the 1960s and 1970s, and is included in the water of many municipalities.
From MSN we get –
Tap water often contains fluoride; about 60 percent of people in the U.S. have fluoride in their water supply.
However, most bottled waters contain less fluoride than recommended for good oral health (it will be listed as an ingredient on the label if it is an additive).
"Fluoride makes the entire tooth structure more resistant to decay and promotes remineralization, which aids in repairing early decay before damage is even visible," explains Academy of General Dentistry spokesperson, Charles H. Perle, DMD, FAGD. "Studies have confirmed that the most effective source of fluoride is water fluoridation."
So perhaps there is more to drinking tap water than you thought. I know I rail against bottled water; simply because I don’t like the thought of double payment, and also because I saw the episode of Penn and Teller’s Bullsh*t – where they substituted garden hose water for the shi-shi varieties, just to see if anyone could tell the difference. [BTW, no one could.] So much for the mountain springs of France…
Sheeple will continue to believe the hype of “better water”, but if they read about the fluoride, the tide may turn.