Drinking More Water Associated With Numerous Dietary Benefits, Study Finds

Posted by on June 23, 2017 in Sci-Tech, Science with 7 Comments

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Source: Science Daily

For people who want to control their weight or reduce their intakes of sugar, sodium and saturated fat, tap water may be what the doctor ordered.

A new study that examined the dietary habits of more than 18,300 U.S. adults found the majority of people who increased their consumption of plain water — tap water or from a cooler, drinking fountain or bottle — by 1 percent reduced their total daily calorie intake as well as their consumption of saturated fat, sugar, sodium and cholesterol.

People who increased their consumption of water by one, two or three cups daily decreased their total energy intake by 68 to 205 calories daily and their sodium intake by 78 to 235 milligrams, according to a paper by University of Illinois kinesiology and community health professor Ruopeng An. They also consumed 5 grams to nearly 18 grams less sugar and decreased their cholesterol consumption by 7 to 21 milligrams daily.

“The impact of plain water intake on diet was similar across race/ethnicity, education and income levels and body weight status,” An said. “This finding indicates that it might be sufficient to design and deliver universal nutrition interventions and education campaigns that promote plain water consumption in replacement of beverages with calories in diverse population subgroups without profound concerns about message and strategy customization.”

An examined data from four waves (2005-12) of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics. Participants were asked to recall everything they ate or drank over the course of two days that were three to 10 days apart.

An calculated the amount of plain water each person consumed as a percentage of their daily dietary water intake from food and beverages combined. Beverages such as unsweetened black tea, herbal tea and coffee were not counted as sources of plain water, but their water content was included in An’s calculations of participants’ total dietary water consumption.

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  1. 10153925147044288@facebook.com' Darla Gordon says:

    How on earth is this New news???

  2. 1593463720889506@facebook.com' Dr Kimberly McGeorge, ND, CNH says:

    Gives me ideas for our page

  3. 10208578720607624@facebook.com' Barbara Hutton says:

    DUH

  4. 10206425253462520@facebook.com' Steve Elder says:

    Good clean filtered watered that is….

  5. 10208960039938155@facebook.com' Rakesh 'Raks' Paul Kumar says:

    Richard Smith

  6. 1019415268079657@facebook.com' Michal Lipovský says:

    Flint water?

  7. 1017958544917125@facebook.com' Eric Bayona says:

    It depends on a persons body salinity level. When you drink too much water and lose body salt, it can be risky too.

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