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WATER ON TAP

For decades we’ve turned our back on tap water, but with new reports that plastic is polluting every corner of the planet – and is even in our bottled drinking water – is it time to rethink?

TAP IT UP

In March this year, something we’d never particularly considered became a big news story; the plastic surrounding our fresh, clean spring water was now in our water. Analysis of some of the world’s most popular bottled waters found that more than 90 per cent contained tiny plastic particles, and The World Health Organization announced a review into the potential risks.

Most of us are aware of BPA (bisphenol A), a chemical found in plastic water bottles. An ‘endocrine disruptor’, it’s a chemical that can interfere with the body’s endocrine system (made up of the glands that produce hormones in our body), and have negative developmental, reproductive, neurological, and immune effects. We had, therefore, checked plastic tubs and reusable drinks containers to ensure they were BPAfree, but single-use water bottles? We hadn’t worried, especially as most of the bottled water in the UK is sold in PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles, which are BPA-free, and comply with all European and national legal requirements. We were happily glugging our BPA-free, mineral-packed water without a care in the world. Until 2018.

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We’ve given this issue a clear nutrition focus – as we move into autumn, it’s a good time to think about what we’re putting into our bodies to make them as strong as possible to face the demands of longer nights and colder days. With so much misunderstanding about fats and carbs – both buzz terms, as well as two out of three of our macronutrients – we dive deep into the healthy ways to consume each (p83 and p104). We also give attention to fibre (p89), and why you should too. And I love our nutrition myths busted feature (p32) – with alarming nutrition headlines appearing on an increasingly regular basis, we apply our cool-headed, science-based approach to determine what to pay heed to and, frankly, what to ignore. There’s been much talk lately about the return of the common sense, balanced diet. If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know we welcome this. We never use the word ‘guilt’ or ‘guilt-free’ when we talk about food. All foods are OK as part of a balanced diet and, here at healthy, guilt is never on our plates. In other news, I’m sad to say that this is my last Editor’s letter as I hand over the reins to our brilliant new Editor, Anna Berrill. While I’ll be overseeing things in my Editorial Director capacity, Anna will be infusing your healthy magazine with all the fantastic ideas, inspiration and love you read us for. As a parting gift, I’m sharing the products that have made the most difference to me during my editorship. This includes coconut oil – a niche product when I started at healthy nearly five years ago, but now used everyday in my veggiepacked stir-fries – as well as charcoal, originally seen as one of Gwyneth’s weirder recommendations, but now something I can’t imagine NOT brushing my teeth with and, yes, it really does work! You’re welcome.