- Question from shel: Other than water, what is the best to drink?
- Answers - David Grotto Besides water, there are a variety of fluids we recommend. We encourage people to drink a variety of herbal teas, preferably caffeine-free, diluted fruit juices (diluted with a non-sodium sparkling water, if you like). A variety of sodas are available that are fruit-juice sweetened. More likely health-food stores would have these, but you may be able to find them at your local grocery store as well.
- Judith Sachs Can you talk a bit about water? Should it be filtered, store bought, etc.?
- David Grotto We prefer our patients drink filtered water. There is a variety of different filters on the market. We encourage them to use filters that remove volatile organic chemicals, which are harmful contaminants that have been linked to increased risk for cancer. So beyond removing bad odor, taste, and chlorine, we think it's important to remove nitrates and also harmful organisms, such as cryptosporidium and giardia. As for well water, have it tested first to see what issues are with that water. There are companies that make filtration systems for well water. One of the big concerns we would have is high iron content of water.
- Penny Block Also check for lead levels in well water. David mentioned correctly that this testing needs to be done on an ongoing basis. Some people though, tend to use the plastic water bottles and reuse them. There is some evidence suggesting harmful effects from the plastic in the bottles. There is one kind, Nalgene, that does not leach the harmful properties of the plastic into the water.
The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Buying Healthy Food and Drink featured Penny B. Block, M.A., David W. Grotto, R.D., L.D., and moderator Judith Sachs answering your questions about finding, buying, and preparing the healthiest food and drink for people with breast cancer and their families.
Editor's Note: This conference took place in July 2005.
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