The healthful claims are spurious at best, dangerous at worst. - From Food Network
Photo by: LazingBee Have you heard about the “raw water” trend?
The rush to drink spring water that has not been treated, filtered or sterilized — marketed by several companies as a healthy, natural, eco-friendly “off-the-grid” alternative to tap water — has gotten a lot of attention of late (including this piece in the New York Times).
We trust it's perfect just the way it is.” The Oregon-based company says its “raw spring water” contains probiotics that will heal everything from anxiety and fatigue to weight gain and “countless other ailments.” Competitor Tournaline Spring, in Maine, meanwhile, calls its untreated “sacred spring water” a “flawless diamond.” “You can feel good knowing that you are consciously supporting a better way to drink water,” it promises.
Drinking “raw water” is generally a bad idea, she says, because, while the purported health benefits are unproven, the contamination risks are real.
This can range from mild, moderate to severe depending upon what and how much is consumed and who is consuming it.” Preventing illness is why developed countries treat and have standards for drinking water, Quinlan says, adding that the risks from unprocessed water are “not ‘constant,’” but rather "sporadic." “They occur occasionally and can cause severe illness,” she says.