Which is safer for drinking: tap water or bottled water?

Pediatrician and Author Cara Natterson, MD, explains which type of water, tap or bottled, is safest and best to drink and why
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Which is safer for drinking: tap water or bottled water?

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I choose tap water, hands down, over bottled water. Tap water is tested. There are services in every city municipality that are looking to see what chemicals and bacteria are in the water supply. No one is checking bottled water for any of that stuff. Also, when you go to the tap, you are filling up in a glass. When you are drinking bottled water you are often throwing away a plastic bottle that is an environmental burden. When it comes to a healthy standpoint, my kids get tap. I drink tap.

Pediatrician and Author Cara Natterson, MD, explains which type of water, tap or bottled, is safest and best to drink and why

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Cara Natterson, MD

Pediatrician & Author

Cara Natterson, MD has treated thousands of children and guided their parents as well. She was a partner at Tenth Street Pediatrics in Santa Monica, California, a large group practice serving infants, children and teenagers. She now runs Worry Proof Consulting, the first of its kind pediatric practice that offers parents open-ended time to review everything from medical questions and biology basics to child development and parenting issues. Cara is also the author of several books on parenting and child health. She has a unique ability to translate cutting edge research into understandable terms for parents and their kids. More recently, Cara’s consulting has extended beyond individual families to include fortune 500 companies seeking expert advice on safety issues, child health, and crisis management.

Cara has appeared on television, in print, and on the web. She is a graduate of Harvard College and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and she trained in pediatrics at the University of California at San Francisco. Cara is a Board certified pediatrician and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. And anyone who knows her knows that Cara is, by nature, one of the most risk-averse people on earth. She lives in California with her husband and two children.

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