Do we drink too much water?8th June 2012
A leading nutritionist has warned health advice to drink eight glasses of water a day is too much and does not help with weight loss.
Public health expert Spero Tsindos believes fruit, vegetables and juices should have a greater role in providing people with the fluids they need.
And he is concerned that the push to encourage people to drink more water was driven by vested interests, with sales of bottled water having risen at the same time as guidance from bodies such as the National Health Service told individuals to drink large volumes.
Mr Spiros suggested the NHS had encouraged people to drink two litres or eight glasses of water a day because it was good for health but he said that was "without any substantial evidence to support it".
He also raised concerns water bottles had become fashion accessories and the message from health organisations to drink two litres of fluid a day had been misinterpreted to mean "two litres of water".
He said if people drink two litres of water in a hurry to make up their daily allowance it will not hydrate the cells that need it but simply dilute the urine.
Mr Tsindos, of the department of dietetics and human nutrition at La Trobe University, in Melbourne, said: "Drinking large amounts of water does not alone cause weight loss. A low-calorie diet is also required.
"Research has also revealed that water in food eaten has a greater benefit in weight reduction than avoiding foods altogether."
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