Until recently I was under the impression that a bottle of water was a bottle of water. I understood the importance of drinking filtered water and bottled water but did not stop to think about the quality of water in bottles…..that was until I was introduced to SNO™ Iceland Glacier Water.
SNO™ is marketed as the only Nitrate free water on the market making it the highest rating for purity and I can say myself that you can taste the purity.
What are Nitrates?
Nitrates are nitrogen-oxygen chemical units that combine with various organic and inorganic compounds. They are normally used in fertiliser and this fertiliser runs from farmland into underground aquifers, which causes the increasing nitrate levels in the mineral waters coming from these underground aquifers. With SNO™, instead of coming from the ground like spring water, the water comes from an Icelandic glacier on top of a mantle of volcanic lava rock where it can’t be contaminated by fertiliser.
The Downside to Nitrates
There is evidence that high nitrates in infants can be deadly and may cause what’s known as Blue Baby Syndrome(1). Additionally there is evidence to show that nitrates may play a role in Gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD)(2) and therefore any client that comes to see me for reflux in clinic, amongst other recommendations, I recommend a nitrate-free diet including water.
It’s virtually impossible to go through life without consuming nitrates but it is possible to limit your intake of them. High nitrates foods can be either vegetables or meats including beets, carrots, green beans, spinach, and collard greens, hot dogs, cured ham, bacon, bologna, and salami. By choosing a water free of nitrates and opting for organic unprocessed foods where possible, you can help to limit the nitrate intake.
In the UK SNO™ is available from WholeFoods, selected Tesco stores, Amazon, Harrods. For more information visit http://www.iglacierwonders.com.
References: Knobeloch L, Salna B, Hogan A, Postle J, Anderson H (2000) Blue Babies and Nitrate-Contaminated Well Water. Environmental Health Perspectives, 108:7.
Nasseri-Moghaddam S, Mofid A, Razjouyan H (2011) Dietary Nitrate may have A Role in Development of GastroEsophageal Reflux Disease, Archives of Iranian Medicine,14:5.