In the recent years of scientific discovery, there have been many instances of discovery within the food industry. Particularly, in the water industry. From natural water disasters like the Flint, Michigan crisis, to bottled water, what is the range of toxic chemicals?
For bottled water, there are discoveries of the chemical fluoride. Bottled water is known to contain relatively small levels of fluoride in each container. However, there are twelve specific brands that have high, toxic levels of fluoride.
Millions of individuals bottle, package, and purchase thousands of these water bottles everyday. High levels of fluoride in such a common, everyday item could prove to have a devastating effect on the well-being of the public. However, even though high levels of fluoride have been proven to be dangerous, is it really worse than other food industry products?
In recent studies, some highlighted by national news broadcasting organizations, high levels of fluoride have been shown to cause neurotoxicity in adults. Neurotoxicity is a condition that can affect learning and memory comprehension in some adults.
The Harvard School of Public Health and China Medical University have also concluded that high fluoride levels pose a significant risk for cognitive ability developments in children. Out of the entire water supply in the United States of America, at least seventy percent of that water contains levels of fluoride. Due to the fact that fluoridated water is available and accessible across America, there is potential for a nationwide issue. These scientific developments have led to the creation of all water treatment chemicals, except to treat levels of fluorine.
Fluorine has been proven to be the only chemical added to bottled water to only appeal to the consumer, and not to better the quality of the water itself. Most countries based in Europe have not added fluorine to mass water supplies, as it can be viewed and considered as a form of mass medication. To avoid this label, most countries surrounding Europe have denied the practice of adding fluorine to bottled water brands.
Again, in recent studies, fluorine has also been seen to affect the rate of tooth decay in children. In states such as Idaho, about thirty-seven percent of the state’s water is fluoridated. The connotation of buying bottled water is associated with cleaner, healthier water. However, this research shows that consumers are paying the bigger buck for water that could ultimately prove detrimental to the health of all aged consumers. Additionally. the primary chemicals used to create fluorine are the byproducts of industrial fertilizers.
There are twelve brands that are associated with high levels of fluoridated water. These brands include: Arrowhead, Crystal Rock, Crystal Springs, Belmont Springs, Deer Park, Diamond Springs, Ice Mountain, Mount Olympus, Zephyrhills, Ozarka, Poland Springs, and Sierra Springs. These brands are easily accessible, but are high in the toxicity of fluoride.
However, there are also several brands provide fluoride-safe beverages. Some safe-water brands include Deja Blue, Clear Mountain Spring Water, Crystal Spring Natural Spring Water, Eureka, and Evian. There are several others that also provide a healthier alternative than drinking fluoridated water.