Is bottled water better than tap water?
Of course, it is never as easy as a yes or no answer. Water is an essential nutrient. The safety of our water supply is supported by government agencies including the Environmental Protection Agency. United States drinking water is considered among the safest in the world. Bottled water, as a food product, is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. Bottled water comes from different sources. Some bottled water comes directly from community water systems. Some may come from municipal water that has been treated by reverse osmosis or carbon filtration which you can do at home. Not all bottled water has been fluoridated. Concern has been raised regarding the transfer of chemicals in the plastic bottle to the water. It is obviously more expensive and that should not hinder hydration. You may prefer the taste of bottled water making it more pleasant to meet your needs.
Are organically grown fruits and vegetables worth the extra price you pay for them or can you scrub the others and still be OK?
Cancer experts have reported less than 1% of cancers can be associated to food exposed to chemicals in air, water, and soil. It has been estimated that you can reduce your risk of cancer by much as 20 % by eating five or more servings of vegetables and fruits per day. Don't let expense or availability keep you from the benefits that obviously outweighs the harm. Organic foods may still have some residue from rain water or wind. The pesticides do not change the nutritional content. Yes, wash them well under running water and remove outer leaves. You may also want to purchase "Certified Organic".
Sally Scroggs, M.S., R.D., L.D.