EU Bureaucrats: Drinking Water Does Not Prevent Dehydration

Can drinking water prevent dehydration?

Before you laugh at the ridiculousness of such question, let me tell you that European Union bureaucrats in Brussels conducted a thorough three-year investigation, and found that there's no evidence to prove that claim:

Producers of bottled water are now forbidden by law from making the claim and will face a two-year jail sentence if they defy the edict, which comes into force in the UK next month.

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The fastest way to rehydrate if you are dehydrated is NOT to drink plain water. It is a mixture of salt, sugar and water. (It is known as Oral Redydration Therapy: ORT).

Similarly, most foods and beverages contain fluids to a greater or lesser extent and can be used to prevent dehydration. You probably never need to drink water.

That would have pleased W.C. Fields a great deal.
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LOL I just took a class with a dietician in France and she classed pizza as a vegatable, too. All the tomato sauce, you see.

So, it's not just the USA.
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I was going to write an essay on why this article is partial and blatant anti-EU propaganda, but I came across something that makes it redundant.

The first link in the "related articles" is this:

So.. you make your mind up.
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In fact, I think it's more about forbid to bottled-water producer to assert that bottled water is more hydrating than tap water.
The difference between mineral bottled water and tap water is in the minerals, and not in the water…and sometimes bottled mineral water contains more pollution residues than tap water, which is controlled.

It's not really a control-freak-rule, it's more about contain lies in advertising !
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