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18 November 2011


For release: immediate


Drinking water is good for health

The stories in some of the newspapers this morning (18 November) do not quite capture the whole picture regarding the approval of health claims relating to water and hydration.

The European Food Safety Authority has been asked to rule on several ways of wording the statement that drinking water is good for hydration and therefore good for health.  It rejected some wordings on technicalities, but it has supported claims that drinking water is good for normal physical and cognitive functions and normal thermoregulation.  These recommended claims are awaiting formal confirmation from the European Commission.

EFSA recommends that, to benefit from the effects of drinking water, one should consume at least 2 litres of water a day, or 2.5 litres for a man.  Water is the major component of all soft drinks.

Dehydration can reduce mental and physical performance but the wide range of soft drinks available means that it is easy, convenient and enjoyable to drink enough to stay properly hydrated.



For further information please contact

Richard Laming
Media Director
British Soft Drinks Association
Tel: 020 7025 3707 / 07879 654555

Notes to editors

1. The British Soft Drinks Association represents the interests of producers and manufacturers of soft drinks including carbonated drinks, still and dilutable drinks, fruit juices and bottled water. BSDA members are responsible for the vast majority of products on the British soft drinks market.