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Majority of Canadians do not drink enough water

By Tim Sandle     Oct 30, 2014 in Health
Toronto - Water filtration exporter Brita recently conducted a survey on beverage consumption habits of Canadians. The survey revealed some interesting facts: primarily, Canadians are not drinking enough water.
Highlights from the Brita survey included:
95 per cent of Canadians agree that the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages such as soda pop and sports drinks contribute to obesity.
While 91 per cent of respondents felt that obesity is more of a problem in Canada today than it was five years ago, Canadian continue to consume sugary drinks with over two billion sugary drinks consumed annually in Canada.
78 per cent agree they should be drinking more water than they do.
21 per cent of Canadians suggest they do not drink enough water because they do not like the taste of tap water. Additionally, 16 per cent are concerned about water purity levels.
The findings indicated that almost all Canadians (97 per cent) agree the best way to rehydrate and take care of thirst is to drink water, most agree (78 per cent) they should be drinking more water than they do. However, in what highlights a gap between best intentions and practice, the study found that less than 50 per cent of Canadians are actually drinking the daily recommended intake of two-to-three litres of water.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), water helps your body:
Keep your temperature normal
Lubricate and cushion joints
Protect your spinal cord and other sensitive tissues
Get rid of wastes through urination, perspiration, and bowel movements
Reasons for not drinking more water included the availability of sugar drinks down to people not liking the taste of tap water.
For the survey, a national sample of Canadians 18 and older was randomly selected. In total, 1,518 adults completed the questionnaire between September 3 and September 4, 2014. The survey data was weighted to reflect the demographic distribution of Canadian consumers.
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