Health claims on water are all wet
Health officials in Europe are being ridiculed for their seemingly outrageous claim that you don't need water for hydration -- but as much as I love to bash brainless bureaucrats, I'm not going to join in on this one.
As crazy as it sounds, they're actually right: You don't need to drink a drop of water for hydration.
That's a fiction created by the beverage industry, which has everyone brainwashed into believing they have to guzzle bottle after bottle after bottle of water -- eight a day! -- for "hydration" and "good health."
So far, it's worked like a charm: People carry giant bottles of water with them everywhere, as if they're all heading out for a journey into the desert.
But the industry wants to sell even MORE water, so it lobbied the European Commission for permission to put a health claim on the labels: "regular consumption of significant amounts of water can reduce the risk of development of dehydration and of concomitant decrease of performance."
Regular consumption? Significant amounts?? Decrease of performance??? It's a bunch of undiluted nonsense, and the European Commission rightly told them where to stick it (hint: not on the label).
Fact is, I haven't had a sip of water in decades, and I'm not about to dry up and blow away. Because despite what you've heard, you can get all the water you need for hydration from food.
If you're thirsty, go ahead and drink something -- but even then, it doesn't have to be water. A mug of coffee or cup of tea can hydrate you (and no, the caffeine in these drinks won't "dehydrate" you).
Now, you might be tempted to think that at least water is harmless -- but it's not.
Too much water can strain your kidneys, harm digestion, throw your sodium levels out of whack, and raise your risk of a stroke, kidney failure, and even death (and let's not forget about all the harmful chemicals in water -- which you can read all about right here.
So no, you DON'T need to drink water for hydration or "performance" -- but I'm not going to let those European bureaucrats completely off the hook here, either: The agency spent three years and who knows how many euros "investigating" health claims about water.
No wonder they're going bankrupt even faster than we are.