A ridiculous argument has broken out in Brussels at a time when we all have bigger things to think about.
Those bureaucrats in Europe charged with making silly decisions have ruled that water does not prevent dehydration, although they have conceded that it allows the brain and body to function at its optimum.
The European Food Standards Authority (EFSA) recommended to the EC there was sufficient evidence to state on water bottles that “Water contributes to the maintenance of normal thermoregulation”, but nothing further.
This is in contrast to information on the NHS website which says that Britons should drink at least one and a half litres of water per day as dehydration is generally caused by not drinking enough water.
The EC pronouncement was met with derision by detractors who said that if every food and drink product in the Eurozone was to go through such pedantic scrutiny it would create a mass of red tape.
In fact Members of the European parliament said that the ruling was “stupidity writ large”, while bottled companies vowed to defy it.
The argument comes down to how a product is sold and while they will not be able to say that water prevents dehydration (Food Standards Experts insist that this cannot be proven), pure drinking water does help the body to function better by regulating such factors as its temperature.
The news also had the large soft drinks association feeling anxious. A spokesman for the British Soft Drinks Association said: “Claims have been approved outlining that drinking water is good for normal physical and cognitive functions and for normal thermoregulation. We await final confirmation from the European Commission on this, which is expected soon.”
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