We are drinking more mineral water than bottled water, according to a new study from the University of Washington.
The research found that the average person drinks about 15 to 20 liters of water per day and that those beverages contain a significant amount of sodium, potassium and magnesium.
That is the equivalent of about 30 to 40 teaspoons of salt in a liter of water.
What’s more, we are drinking up to 70 percent more of the mineral water we drink than the amount we get from bottled water.
That means we are consuming nearly two times as much water.
“People often drink water for convenience, but it is a luxury, and it doesn’t have to be,” said senior author Sarah Kustar, a UW associate professor of epidemiology.
“This study is a way to explore what’s really going on in the market.”
The study, which is the first of its kind to analyze the water consumption habits of people who use the water-saving mineral water brand, Life, and compared that to bottled water consumption, was published online March 13 in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.
The study included 1,845 people from three states and the District of Columbia who were interviewed between May and June.
Researchers were interested in the impact of water use on health and the effects of water on children.
They also wanted to understand what the impact would be on adults, and they wanted to see how much of the water they drank would be a problem.
Kustart and her colleagues used the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, which collects information about water consumption and drinking habits, to identify people who used the water brand Life.
The researchers also looked at data on people who didn’t use the mineral-water brand, which includes brands including Gatorade, Vitamin Water and Mountain Dew.
The water-sipping brands were the same brands people commonly use, such as Gatorades, Mountain Dew and Coca-Cola.
The people who drank the mineral brand were also different from the people who said they didn’t drink the mineral or that they drank the water without using the mineral.
They drank up to four times as many water than the people that didn’t do the same, the study found.
The mineral water people also used more water than people who drink bottled water because of the high salt content in the water.
In fact, the average daily water consumption by people who did not drink the water, including the mineral, was 3,895 liters per day, or about 2,400 teaspoons of sodium.
KUSTAR said she and her team found that mineral water consumers were more likely to be female than those who drank bottled water and were more affluent.
Those who drank mineral water were also more likely than bottled-water consumers to drink a variety of beverages, including sodas, sports drinks and fruit juices.
They were also likely to have a lower body mass index (BMI) than those that did not use the minerals, and the percentage of people with diabetes, the leading cause of death among the U.S. population, was higher among people who were drinking mineral water.
Krustar said the findings were important because water is a valuable resource for humans, especially for the developing world, where water is critical to maintaining health and reducing poverty.
“We’re not going to be able to save all the water we consume without water,” she said.
“It’s a finite resource and it’s not something we’re going to find out by accident.”
The findings are based on the latest data from the National Centers for Health Statistics and the National Institutes of Health.
They are based in part on data collected from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, which tracks changes in health behaviors, including water use.
A key finding of the study is that the water drinkers in the study drank less mineral water per person than the water consumers in the comparison group who didn, according the researchers.
“There’s a lot of research that suggests drinking water is good for you, but we’re not sure why water is the better choice,” Kustarek said.
She said she would like to see more research on the relationship between drinking water and health and disease.
“I’d like to be sure there’s a correlation between drinking more water and a better health outcome, but until we can prove it, I think it’s a really good hypothesis to be exploring,” she added.