Dr. Ann talks about the healthiest and most economical option when choosing drinking water.
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Dr. Ann: Water is clearly the fastest growing segment of the beverage industry and if you’re going to the average grocery store literally there was an entire aisle devoted to water and all kinds of water. Water infuses with antioxidants and herbs and caffeine and vitamins and minerals. Now so what’s the bottom line? What do I think is nutrition in wellness expert about these waters? Well I have to tell you, I’m not a fan of them, I’m not an advocate and that’s kind of putting it mildly and I think they’re probably one of the greatest examples within the food industry of consumer exploitation in their couple levels of exploitation. The first is the consumer’s pocketbook and want we talk about that for a minute. So this water is typically, which is one you get, which brand but usually running about 50 if the minimum up to 250 sometimes more. Water, and what are they mostly? They mostly water and you can get water out of the tap for literally what? I don’t know half a penny? So this is like you’re paying like at least a hundred times more and we do know that tap water, believe it or not, is more rigorously sort of monitored safety wise than bottled water okay? And by large, most municipal water supplies in America are very safe okay? There are some exceptions here and there but you are paying a lot of money, a lot of money. So you’re spending a fortune on water, beginning from the tap. What about the other set they’re throwing in there. So some had a few added vitamins, well I tell you what. I can probably think of a thousand ways to get much more of those vitamins, much more cheaply and we’ll just look at a couple of examples here. Let’s see what we got. So this particular one, I’m not supposed to say brands. Vitamin water is a real popular seller. So what does it have? The nutrients that has vitamin C, vitamin E and a handful of B vitamins in about 20% of your RDA. Now again, I’m not exactly sure of how much it costs but somewhere between that $1.50 and $2.00. Female: For about 50 I think. Dr. Ann: Something like that. They’re all source of foods where a single serving like maybe a little bit of you know dark leafy greens which it’s not nearly as expensive this. You can get all these nutrients and the other thing that people need to know is that when you take a nutrient, a vitamin or mineral out of its native environment. This is very important thing. It loses its effectiveness we know that and it loses its availability. So to think that even though to these nutrients in there, you can drink this water and they’re going to do what they normally would do if they were part of food, forget it. Vitamin E is a fat soluble nutrient, guess what? It is not absorbed unless you eat it alone or drink it with some fat? There is no fat in this okay so the vitamin E here is absolutely worthless. The other concern I have is that perhaps there are some risk, right? Perhaps there’s risk in terms of toxicity. People think, oh wow vitamins and minerals and things are putting in there are good for them so maybe more is better. And unfortunately that’s not the case. We know are there lots of examples of this and in scientific literature that if you overdose certain nutrients it can sort of backfire on you. Let me give you an example, something that I thought about. I found out vitamin water that had a 155% of the recommended daily amount for folic acid. Very important nutrient for cancer protection, healthy pregnancy and we just had a recent study and it kind of shock this all that “oh my goodness, people that got the most folic acid actually had a higher rate of developing colon cancer and if you know what folic acid does in a body its understandable. “Oh, if you take too much perhaps it could increase the risk of that.” So you know, how many—you know if you’re taking a 155% of the RDA for folic acid in one of this, what about people are doing three and four? They’re taking a multi-vitamin and now they had a vitamins and all source of cer