The Ohio State University Fact-Checks the Dangerous New Trend of Consuming “Raw” Water

In *All, Water Security by Ag is America

While some foods and drinks are safe to consume raw, water is certainly not one of them. The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences addresses the dangers associated with the emerging health trend of drinking “raw” water.

“Raw” water refers to water that is unfiltered, untreated with chemicals, and coming directly from natural springs. The trend in drinking water that comes from flowing streams and rivers comes from the belief that this water retains natural mineral concentration and health benefits.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns against drinking “raw” water. While it might look pure, this water can still be contaminated with bacteria, viruses, parasites, and chemical contaminants. “Raw” water is not treated to remove potential pathogenic bacteria and parasites and can increase the risk of developing certain infectious diseases caused by pathogens.

To learn more about the research behind the dangers of this trend, read more here.

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