In their study related to plain water consumption, Researchers An and McCaffrey analyzed data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2005–2012 related to 18,311 adults who were over the age of 18. For one thing, they found that the daily overall quality of food ingested (measured by the Healthy Eating Index-2010) was not linked with the proportion of daily plain water in the participants’ total dietary water consumption. However, they discovered it was linked with something else. Participants who drank the most plain water on a daily basis:
- Drank fewer sweetened beverages
- Ingested less total fat and saturated fats
- And ingested less salt and sugar
The majority of study participants, who increased their consumption of plain water by just one percent, not only reduced their consumption of saturated fat, sugar, sodium, and cholesterol, but also lowered their total number of calories ingested on a daily basis. This impact was similar across race/ethnicity, education, income levels, and body weight status. The question becomes: are you drinking as much water as your brain and body need? More tomorrow.