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Eet vet word slank

Eet vet word slank gepubliceerd januari 2013

In dit boek lees je o.a.: * heel veel informatie ter bevordering van je gezondheid; * hoe je door de juiste vetten te eten en te drinken kan afvallen; * hoe de overheid en de voedingsindustrie ons, uit financieel belang, verkeerd voorlichten; * dat je van bewerkte vetten ziek kan worden.

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The Bottle Boom — Why Buy Bottled Water?

Part 3: Bottled water — A matter of taste

The other reason people give for drinking bottled water is its taste - bottled water, they said, tastes better. Yet when this was tested, those who professed to be able to tell the difference failed miserably. The testers used Evian and Highland Spring against local tap water - three waters which had very different characteristics from each other. Even so, only one-third of the 140 people got the correct answer. That is exactly what one would expect to get by chance.

I like the following article which was published in The Times on 10 July 2002

Forget the bottle, for purest water turn on the tap

By Anthony Browne, Environment Editor

IT'S purer. It's gentler. It's Yorkshire.

Water wars have broken out as Yorkshire Water and United Utilities have bottled their tap water to launch themselves as brands to take on Perrier, Evian and Highland Spring.

United Utilities is giving away 100,000 bottles of tap water and Yorkshire is urging customers to ask for its water by name in pubs and restaurants. It is also giving away 100,000 empty branded bottles that customers can fill at a tap "so they can always have Yorkshire water with them".

"Yorkshire Water is softer and gentler than some mineral waters, it's purer than bottled waters, and it's 10,000 times cheaper," said the company's spokesman Richard Emmott.

United Utilities said: "We're doing it so that people realise they don't need to buy expensive brands to get an excellent high quality drink."

The battle between tap and cap ignited as the chief inspector of drinking water, Michael Rouse, announced that British tap water had reached almost perfect purity, and urged water companies to take on the bottles.

" People do not need to buy bottled water," he said. "People generally can't taste the difference."

Tap v Cap: the soft sell Yorkshire Water, Pennines: "Softer, purer, cheaper"


The major problem with bottled water is that we just don't know what is in it. Tap-water regulations make it mandatory that the public water supply is tested daily and that findings are freely available for scrutiny. There are no similar regulations for mineral and spring waters. What we do know, however, is that bottled mineral and spring waters have no health-giving properties over tap water. We also know that, while most bottled waters are safe, their mineral, chemical and bacterial contents mean that they may not be as safe as tap water. Yet they cost around 1,500 times as much as tap water.

   Before 1980 there were few regulations for tap water. Recent advances in equipment sophistication have meant that substances can be detected now at levels which previously were impossible. As a consequence, materials have been discovered in tap water which previously were unknown. These discoveries have been blown out of all proportion by organisations such as Greenpeace and the media, and we have all fallen for it. We have been duped into believing that tap water is unfit for consumption. American studies have found that drinking tap water in any part of the USA is safer than drinking bottled water. No study there or in Britain has found any benefit with drinking bottled water. While sparkling waters do tend to have a slight advantage, as the carbon dioxide gas used to make them fizz has antibacterial properties, no bottled waters are considered safe enough to be recommended as a drink for children.

   We have an anomalous situation where different regulations apply to what is essentially the same commodity, merely packaged in a different way. Bottled waters should be subject at least to the same regulations as tap water. It could be argued, however, that if their advertising is going to stress their inherent purity, and if they are to cost so much more, perhaps their regulations should be even more stringent. There is little doubt that if tap water regulations were applied to bottled waters, many would disappear from supermarket shelves.

   And, by the way, do you suppose some water bottlers are having a laugh at their customers' gullibility? How many purchasers of Evian have noticed that this name spelled backwards is 'NAIVE' ?


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Last updated 26 January 2003

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