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For a long time, I didn’t care about what bottled water brand I drank. Why would I? I assumed that all bottled water brands were mostly the same. What’s inside should be what they advertise: water.
However, one day I decided to check the ingredients on my bottle of Dasani. Right away, I was shocked. I saw ingredients that I was sure were not supposed to be in “pure” bottled water. Those ingredients were: “purified water,” magnesium sulfate, potassium chloride, and salt. After seeing this, I noticed just how many of my fellow peers drank Dasani without thinking about what was in it. I hope to fully explain why you should think twice about drinking Dasani.
Dasani water is advertised as pure, still water. However, there have been allegations that Dasani simply fills their bottles of water with purified tap water. Because of the allegations, Dasani was investigated to see what kind of water was used in their products. According to allaboutwater.org, (now defunct as of 12/2018), it was revealed that Dasani had, in fact, been using purified tap water in their products. This means that Dasani had been misleading their customers by lying about the kind of water that was being used in their products. While purified tap water isn’t bad for you, people purchasing Dasani water should still expect what Dasani promised, pure, still water.
It is a very odd decision by Dasani to have Magnesium Sulfate as an ingredient in their water. Magnesium Sulfate is known as a teratogen, which is an agent that causes malformation of an embryo. It is classified as a Class D Teratogen by the FDA., and it is also used by pregnant women to delay labor. According to fda.gov, high exposure to Magnesium Sulfate can cause birth defects in unborn babies. Studies suggest that 5-7 days of high exposure to Magnesium Sulfate caused babies to have bone structure changes and weaker bones.
Furthermore, Magnesium Sulfate is also known as a drying agent. If trace amounts are left on your tongue, it can be very difficult to quench your thirst. Perhaps, you may even be tempted to purchase another bottle. Magnesium Sulfate, along with other ingredients, is said by Dasani to be added for “taste,” yet Magnesium Sulfate is known to have a bitter taste, which would be an odd choice for bottled water. Magnesium Sulfate is a teratogen and a drying agent and has no place being inside of bottled water.
Potassium Chloride is also a strange choice as an ingredient. Potassium Chloride is used in fertilizer, and as the third chemical used to kill criminals awaiting death. Potassium Chloride is used as a chemical in abortions to stop the heart of the fetus as well. The website rxlist.com lists Potassium Chloride’s various negative side effects, which include nausea, gas, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, etc.
These side effects are also just the common ones. The serious side effects include bleeding, ulceration, perforation, among others. Potassium Chloride is another ingredient that Dasani claims is added for “taste”. However, Potassium Chloride tastes salty with a metallic aftertaste. So, one must wonder, why would something like this be added for taste?
Now I have shown you many reasons why Dasani is bad for you. Right now, you might be thinking, “well, I guess I’ll just choose another bottled water brand.” Well, that may not be as easy as you think. If you try to go to a public place/event (concerts, conventions, movie theaters, etc.), you may notice that your choices for bottled water are limited to only Dasani.
Now, why is this? The answer lies in who owns Dasani: Coca-Cola. Coca-Cola has bought out all of these areas so that they can make you buy their water. Because of the sodium inside of the water, drinking Dasani will make you thirsty and want to buy more. It’s important to note that the amount of sodium in Dasani added is “unspecified.” Coca-Cola has created a way to force customers to purchase and keep purchasing their water.
Dasani bottled water has lots of harmful ingredients in it, things that many people wouldn’t want to put in their body. I see many of my classmates drinking Dasani, and it amazes me that they don’t know or care what they are drinking. Many of my classmates say to me “So what? It’s just water.” Remember, always check what you eat or drink. Never assume that anything is good or bad for you.