The Food and Drugs Authority has dismissed reports suggesting the emergence of some brand of bottled water on the market with very high pH level[more alkaline].
In a statement issued by the FDA Tuesday said:” The FDA through its Post Market Surveillance(PMS) has not found any registered package drinking water on the market with pH level outside this standard range(6.5-8.5).”
Social media has been awash with a video specifically via YouTube on the pH levels of some bottled water on the Ghanaian market purporting that some brands of packaged water with high pH level is better for health reasons than other brands which are less alkaline.
Contrary to such claims, the FDA in its statement advised the general public that any water with pH level[ more alkaline] outside the standard range(6.5-8.5) is not suitable for drinking.
Nonetheless, it asked the public to disregard the said video and further advised consumers to look out for the registration numbers of packaged drinking water before buying them.
The “alkaline” in alkaline water refers to its pH level. The pH level is a number that measures how acidic or alkaline a substance is on a scale of 0 to 14. For example, something with a pH of 1 would be very acidic, and something with a pH of 13 would be very alkaline.
Alkaline water has a higher pH level than regular drinking water. Because of this, some advocates of alkaline water believe it can neutralize the acid in your body. Normal drinking water generally has a neutral pH of 7. Alkaline water typically has a pH of 8 or 9.
However, there are a few studies that suggest alkaline water might be helpful for certain conditions.
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