01 Apr '11, 9pm

The truth about 'health water': Your flavoured water might contain more sugar than a soda pop

EARLIER this month, the global drinks giant Coca-Cola dropped out of an annual list of the world's Top 10 brands for the very first time. Having come third last year, the company found itself in 16th place, and the fall, analysts said, was in part fuelled by the fact that consumers are increasingly choosing "healthier drinks" over traditional fizzy pop. The shift in our drinking habits over the past two decades has been remarkable: The global rate of bottled water consumption quadrupled between 1990 and 2005, and today the industry is worth some £2 billion (S$4.1 billion) in the United Kingdom alone. Over the last few years, we have seen an explosion of enhanced waters - not only flavoured waters (Volvic's Touch Of Fruit, This Water, Pret A Manger's Pure), but also waters with added vitamins and minerals (Vitaminwater), electrolytes (SmartWater), not to mention waters that...

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