Disappearing water,
note the date; coast
drought in third year.
World water woes?
Let's talk about it...

What's coming from
Your tap? Everything
Except pure water...
Tap versus bottled?

Water? Protect thyself:
Your water world shrinks
daily; track issues that
change by the hour;
may be most critical
website in your routine..

The skinny on drinking water
to shed pounds; Well, maybe

Writer: Martha Filipic
Source: Julie Shertzer, Human Nutrition

A friend lost about 30 pounds by (she says) just drinking a lot of water. Can you really lose weight that way?

Not quite. You lose weight by consuming fewer calories than you expend. But several studies indicate that drinking water just might help people consume fewer calories and even possibly increase their energy expenditure, so it can be an important tool in weight control.

One study, published in the November 2008 issue of the journal Obesity, indicated that drinking water was linked with greater weight loss, regardless of other factors. The study examined data from 173 overweight women ages 25 to 50 who participated in a Stanford dietary study. Researchers looked at their diet, physical activity, body weight, and other factors when the study began and at 2, 6, and 12 months. At each point, they asked participants to report their intake of drinking water; diet (0 calorie) beverages; fruit juice, milk or unsweetened beverages; and other beverages; as well as their food intake and physical activity. The women who drank more than 1 liter of water a day lost nearly 5 more pounds over 12 months, regardless of other factors including diet or physical activity. Interestingly, consumption of other calorie-free beverages didn't offer a similar benefit.

Another study, published in the December 2005 issue of the journal Obesity Research, examined data from 4,755 people who took part in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from 1999 to 2001. Researchers found that people who reported drinking water (average of 1.5 liters, or nearly 6.5 cups, a day) consumed 194 fewer calories per day compared with those who reported not drinking water. People who drank water also tended to follow a generally more healthy eating pattern, consuming more fruits, vegetables, and low- and medium-fat dairy products.

Still, questions remain on how water consumption might affect calorie intake. For example, a study in the January 2007 issue of Obesity found that non-obese older adults (ages 60 to 80) tended to eat fewer calories at a meal if they drank 1.5-2 cups of water a half-hour beforehand; however, younger adults (ages 21 through 35) didn't experience the same effect. And, weight-loss researchers at Penn State University have not found a link between water consumption and weight loss, although they have found that foods with a high water content, such as soup, fruits and vegetables, help people feel fuller on fewer calories.

Although rare, it is possible to drink too much water, so don't go overboard. But the old standard of eight cups of water a day won't hurt, and you might be surprised at the results around your waistline.
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Chow Line is a service of Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. Send questions to Chow Line, c/o Martha Filipic, 2021 Coffey Road, Columbus, OH, 43210-1044, or filipic.3@cfaes.osu.edu.

Editor: This column was reviewed by Julie Shertzer, registered dietitian and program specialist for Ohio State University Extension in the Department of Human Nutrition, in the College of Education and Human Ecology.

Associated Files: chowwater.pdf

Wretched Excess: Who the hell needs this in today's economy?
The markets are taking a dump. Food costs are making double digit increases monthly. China exports to the USA are spreading havoc on grocery shelves. And Pepsi has repackaged jolts of caffeine and sugar to further obesity and sugar shock. Evian, that French water of questionable sources, has been packaged in what the French call a "palace bottle." It is on a silver tray. Now that should get some bar conversation going. A bottle of Coors Light has a label that changes color when chilled to the right temp.

It would make more sense if Coors ran their product through the horse one more time and Pepsi played the econo game by going back to the slogan (and bottle) of "Twelve Full Ounces, That's a Lot." Evian? What ever happened to pure tap water?

Overpopulation? India's acute water shortages...
This story lead in The Wall Street Journal: After draining a town's pool of drinking water recently, cleaners found drowned rats and bloated lizards...

A California firm is trying to sell purified water for less than a penny for a five-gallon jug full. It is proving to be a hard sell. Research says 450,000 Indians die each year from diarrhea. In all of Asia, about 635 million people do not have access to safe drinking water. Shall we talk about it?

TALK Topic: What Ever Happpened to Water? Question: How many listeners remember when we could drink out of the water hose in our yard?

Just how did we get along with plain H2O ?

Only since the bottled water craze swamped our municipal dumps have we been aware of the nutritional facts of life. Bottled water, as required by law, lists what ain't. GG 101 always checks for sodium in everything. Water bottle labels always reassure me that I am ingesting zero (O) calories; O sodium; O fat; O carbs: O proteins. Bottled waters with labels of origin in this hemisphere give some degree of safety assurance.

GG 101 TALK has never recovered from the days when fancy green glass bottles with foreign addresses were found to be tainted with benzene.

All this purity concern surfaced when Coke put out a release announcing a new bottle design for POWERade, a sports drink. Coke is flooding the market with 20-ounce bottles that are "easy to grip, easy to open, and easy to use on the go." All well and good, but just what are jock types swigging these days? GG 101 asked for an ingredients list.

Gulp this: Sugar, sodium, potassium, chloride, niacin, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12. While the Coke flack was quick to respond, no mention of water was included. We must assume POWERade has nature's premier liquidity.

As West Virginians always say at the water well when a bucket is swinging under the pulley, "Reach me the tin, cousin."

TALK Topic: Is this what has happened to our water? Question: How many listeners remember when we could drink out of the water hose in our yard?

N.Y. Bar Serves Bottled Water For $55

That was the headline for a CBS story out of Chappaqua, N. Y. As a social rule the first thing one thinks about going into a saloon is something stronger, possibly alcohol based. The idea is to get sloshed to some degree and water is not the weapon of choice.

The CBS story said water is the latest trend when it comes to taste and a bit of marketing.

The CBS zinger continues. Red highlights for emphasis are to encourage callers with opinions.

Glass, plastic, carbonated, non carbonated, high mineral content ... no, it's not a fancy drink or a fine wine. Diane Felicissimo is talking about the latest craze -- water.

It's a business making a splash. Americans spent more last year on bottled water than on iPods and movie tickets -- a whopping $15 billion.

Via Genova, a water bar in Chappaqua is cashing in on the craze, stocking water bottles that look more like collectors items.

"I have probably close to 80 different types of waters," owner Felicissimo said.

This luxury water comes from all over the world and contains magnesium, calcium and even potassium. One brand, "10 thousand B.C." is a top seller at $30 per bottle.

"They get it from British Columbia, Canada," Felicissimo said. "It's a three-day journey by yacht to get to their water source."

If you want some "Bling H2O," plan on paying an amazing $55 for less than a liter.

And Felicissimo treats her water more like wine.

"I pair the waters with my food," Felicissimo said.

If you want to be a true water connoisseur, here are a few things to keep in mind:

You should keep your water out of the sunlight, serve it at 55 degrees, and, it should go without saying, ice is a big no-no.

"There are so many people that are uneducated about water," Felicissimo said.

+ + + + + GG 101 NOTE: That last paragraph says it all. So, follow our water issues closely on the chance this CBS alert is a serious warning of conditions to come. Fact: Less than one percent of the world's water today is potable.

TALK Topic: Phony bottled water labels


Aquafina Labels: It's Tap Water
That was the Associated Press headline when it was discovered a Pepso product, Aquafina bottled water, was really treated tap water. The story said the labels will soon indicate the source as tap water, the stuff that pours from the fixture over your kitchen sink.

Credit a group called Corporate Accountability International for blowing the whistle. CAI has been pushing bottled water peddlers to correct both labels and their marketing pitches.

For GG 101 TALK, dig the rest of the AP story:

Aquafina is the single biggest bottled water brand, and its bottles are now labeled "P.W.S." The new labels will spell out "public water source."

"If this helps clarify the fact that the water originates from public sources, then it's a reasonable thing to do," PepsiCo spokeswoman Michelle Naughton said Friday.


The corporate accountability group is also pressing for similar concessions from The Coca-Cola Co., which owns the Dasani water brand. Dasani's Web site says that Dasani comes from local water supplies and is then filtered.

"We don't believe that consumers are confused about the source of Dasani water," Coca-Cola spokeswoman Diana Garza Ciarlante said. "The label clearly states that it is purified water."

Sales of bottled water has been a growing source of revenue for companies such as PepsiCo Inc., based in Purchase, N.Y., and Atlanta-based Coca-Cola as they lessen their dependence on sales of traditional carbonated sodas, as consumer concern over health issues has weakened demand.

Credit the Associated Press with blowing Whistle No. 2.

As critical food issues mount,
call with suggestions to provoke Washington.

E-mail: thegrumpygourmet@wowway.com