According to a poll released for Nestlé Waters Canada and hosted on the Angus Reid Forum, while most Canadians know that drinking water is the healthiest way to stay hydrated, they may not be practicing what they preach.
The online survey of 1,234 Canadian adults in nine provinces asked respondents about their hydration habits and found some interesting results.
The findings revealed that while the majority of Canadians (92%) believe water is a very healthy drink option, almost half (45%) drink an average of four or more non-water beverages per day.
The results also indicate that 55% of the respondents' children drink only one to three glasses of water a day, and 22% indicate that fruit juice is the beverage their children consume most often.
Health Canada recommends Canadians drink water regularly and promotes plain drinking water in the Food Guide as a calorie-free way to respond to thirst.
Water is one of the most essential elements to health and plays a key role in the maintenance of our bodies, lubricating joints and removing toxins, but poll results show a mere 19% of Canadians always make an effort to stay hydrated.
"With obesity rates soaring in Canada, particularly among Canadian children, it's important for Canadians to understand the health impact of their beverage choices," said Sherry Torkos, pharmacist and author of The Canadian Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine. "Eight out of 10 Canadians polled believe that fruit juice is healthy for them, but many beverages – including fruit juice, sports drinks and some soft drinks – contain hidden calories in the form of highly refined sugars.
"For example, a 12oz serving of unsweetened orange juice contains up to 168 calories, a whole milk café latte contains up to 200 calories, and a soft drink contains a minimum 150 calories."
As part of its commitment to helping families live a healthier life, Nestlé Waters Canada launched the Nestlé Pure Life Hydration Movement to educate Canadians on the importance of staying hydrated and making smart beverage choices when on-the-go.
Source: Nestlé Waters Canada
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