Does Bottled Water Contain Fluoride?
The consumption of fluoride is a topic open for heated debate. There are two strong, opposing opinions and seemingly no middle ground.
Talk to anyone in the dentistry field and you will be convinced that you absolutely must drink water that contains fluoride or all of your teeth will fall out.
Talk to some doctors and health conscious individuals and you will be convinced that, if you do drink it, you are going to die from fluoride poisoning.
Is There Fluoride In Bottled Water and How Does It Get There?
- Man made fluoride additives are considered much more dangerous than the naturally occurring variety.
The fluoride found in most bottled waters (unless otherwise specified) occurs naturally. This eliminates any concern regarding the consumption of a man-made chemical. You should check with your supplier to verify the source of fluoride in the particular brand of bottled water that you drink most often.
Should I Only Drink Fluoride Free Bottled Water?
Some bottled water does contain fluoride. Some is added manually, some occur naturally. Yet other bottled waters that are treated such as distilled and reverse osmosis contain none. The fluoride content of our four different types of water is as follows:
Artesian Water = .22mg/L naturally occurring fluoride
Premium Drinking Water = .15mg/L naturally occurring fluoride
Distilled Water = none
Reverse Osmosis = none.
The choice is yours. In fact, that is what this all comes down to…choice. With bottled water, you are making a conscious decision based on your interpretation of the evidence as to whether or not to ingest fluoride.
In conclusion, bottled water products labelled as de-ionized, purified or distilled have been treated in such a way that they contain no or only trace amounts of fluoride, unless they specifically list fluoride as an added ingredient.
Other bottled water products (such as spring water) can contain fluoride that is added or naturally present in the original source of the water.
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