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WQA recommends drinking water to help limit Thanksgiving calories

Clean drinking water is something most of us can be thankful for

Contact: Wes Bleed
E-mail: wbleed@wqa.org
Office Telephone: (630) 505-1675

November 21, 2016

LISLE, Ill. – The Water Quality Association (WQA) is recommending Americans make use of a valuable resource on Thanksgiving day as a way to help minimize the amount of calories we consume and to aid digestion. Drink a little extra water.

“We know how easy it is to pile on the turkey and the mashed potatoes, and that’s great, but one way to avoid overdoing it is to drink more water,” said WQA Deputy Executive Director Pauli Undesser. “It’s amazing how beneficial some refreshing water can be.”

A glass of water before the big meal can help diminish your appetite which in turn can keep you from taking those extra helpings of stuffing and sweet potatoes. Continuing to drink water throughout the meal will help you feel full sooner, helping to minimize going back for seconds and thirds.

A Thanksgiving meal is rich in calories, but water has none. “Water is truly a liquid asset for a healthy weight — it's sugar free, caffeine free, and — most importantly — calorie free,” said the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

In addition, a glass of water before and in between glasses of wine or beer can help limit your consumption of alcohol. “Ask for sparkling water and lime, which doesn’t supply calories, and start mingling,” according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Clearly, clean drinking water is something most Americans can be thankful for, but consumers should not automatically assume that the water from their tap meets safety standards. Water that’s considered pure as it leaves a treatment facility can pick up contaminants on the way to a home, school or business. 

“It’s always a good time to get your water tested to find out what’s in your water and whether it’s safe,” Undesser said. “There are many great products that can greatly reduce the amount of lead and other contaminants in your water, some of which can be purchased at your local home improvement center at affordable prices.”

WQA is a not-for-profit trade association representing the residential, commercial, and industrial water treatment industry. Since 1959, the WQA Gold Seal certification program has been certifying products that contribute to the safe consumption of water. The WQA Gold Seal program is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Standards Council of Canada (SCC).