Bottled water better than tap water?

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Question from Sternchen: Is bottled water better than tap water to drink?
Answers - Ronda Gates, M.S., R.Ph. This should interest Marisa, because you live in Philly, where the tap water used to be terrible! I'm going to start by saying we've become a little paranoid about our water, bottling and distilling it, but it comes from us wanting to be healthy. And bottled water is not always cleaner than tap water, so don't automatically assume it to be cleaner or safer. Basically, the EPA regulates tap water with really stringent guidelines; whereas the FDA regulates bottled water, where the regulations aren't that stringent, and the FDA doesn't test for contaminants. But water is always better than soda. I don't recommend distilled water because distilling takes all the minerals out, and that's where most of us get the minerals in our diet. If you or your children drink bottled water, don't forget about dental health--supplement the fluoride. So don't buy a filter for your sink that removes minerals, and don't forget to change your filters. If you buy water, there is an association called the Bottled Water Association. Their website lists all the companies that belong to it, and which are well-tested.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Food for Cancer Recovery featured Ronda Gates, M.S., R.Ph. and moderator Marisa Weiss, M.D. answering your questions about nutrition and how it relates to cancer recovery.

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