Thinking Tuesday – H2OH

Posted: August 9, 2011 in diet tips, thinking tuesday
Time for another edition of Thinking Tuesday. What’s on your mind today?


Here are some “nutritional nuggets” from my nutrition class.  Tell me what you think.
– Each pound of fat you gain requires 100 miles of new blood vessels.

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– Sugar is not only addicting but a powerful appetite stimulant.


– Why is it so hard to keep off weight you lose?  When fat cells shrink, levels of a fat-cell hormone, leptin, drop faster than mass is reduced.  This tricks the brain into thinking you’ve lost more weight than you actually have.  Your thyroid gland gets confused and triggers you to eat more.


– The higher sodium level in your food, the higher the absorption of calories.  Skipping the salt now…


And my “thinking topic of the week”: Bottled Water!  

We watched a thought-provoking film on the bottled water industry called “Tapped“.  


Not only did it highlight how bad for the environment bottled water is, but it talked about how chemicals in the bottles have been proven time and time again to cause cancer.  Kyle and I are the proud new owners of BPA free water bottles and protein shakers.  $6 on Amazon.


Did you know that 40% of bottled water is filtered tap water?


Here’s the fact that really stuck with me.  We trust that our bottled water is tested and safe, right?  I did.  It is actually the job of 1 person at the FDA to monitor bottled water content.  Also if bottled water is made and sold within state lines, it isn’t regulated at all by the FDA.


Is your tap water safe?  Well it’s monitored a whole lot closer.  In a city of just 1 million people the municipal water must be tested 300 times a MONTH!  The higher the population, the more testing.


Tap water is also FREE!  Did you think about that?  At convenience store prices, a gallon of bottle water can cost more than  a gallon of gas.


Will we still use bottled waters?  Yes.  Did I make changes to help our health, wallets, and the environment.  Yes.


How do you feel about bottled water?


Love and H2OH,
Carissa & Kyle


Make sure you check out week 1 here, and week 2 here.

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Comments
  1. Yes, there is BPA in most plastic bottles and it's probably not the worst thing to drink out of BPA-free bottles… not because BPA will leach out of the plastic and into your water and subsequently you causing cancer and bad breath and a general aura of unpleasantness because it won't (chemically, it just doesn't happen) but because buying BPA-free bottles means there's no BPA being used to make them which means less BPA used which is probably good for the environment. So… I approve?

  2. Thanks for the scientific insight Chris! 🙂 What do you think about microwaves????On that documentary "Tapped" they showed major illness in people who lived by a plastics plant in Corpus Christi.

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