Water & Your Health

Health & Hydration Studies

Health and Hydration

Read what scientists and other water experts have to say on the topic of health and hydration.

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The Effect of Soft Drink Availability in Elementary Schools on Consumption, Fernandes M. Meenakshi, Journal of American Dietetic Association, September 2008
To quantify the association among soft drink availability, school-based purchases, and overall consumption for elementary school children in the United States. The study is a cross-sectional, descriptive analysis of children in fifth grade across the United States. Measures of soft drink availability, purchases, and consumption are reported by the child in direct assessments by interviewers.

Children's Consumption of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages, Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, June 2008
A recent study published in Pediatrics and led by researchers at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health found that sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) are an increasingly large part of children and teens' diets. Teens who consume SSBs, which include sodas, fruit drinks and punches, and sports drinks, drink an average of 356 calories per day, a significant increase from 10 years earlier. The findings suggest that reducing empty caloric intake by limiting these drinks may be a key strategy for promoting healthy eating and preventing excess weight gain.

Bottled Water, Janet Helm, American Dietetic Association, May 2008
Bottled water sales have soared in recent years, as people increasingly choose bottled water in place of calorie-laden beverages. Drinking sufficient water is certainly to be encouraged, but what type of water is better?

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