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Stop Drinking This Bottled Water Now, Says the FDA

People are suffering severe symptoms like "fever, vomiting, nausea, loss of appetite, and fatigue."
Rows of water bottles in plastic wrap

A bottled water company is under fire after a group of children in one U.S. state all came down with scary cases of non-viral hepatitis. The situation sounds like it could mean real trouble for the brand Real Water after parents reported that their infants and young children had suffered severe symptoms like "fever, vomiting, nausea, loss of appetite and fatigue," according to the Food and Drug Administration's report.

The issue came up last November when families in Nevada all noted unexplainable symptoms in their children (as well as other members of their households), who were reportedly treated for acute non-viral hepatitis. This type of hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver that can cause scarring, liver cancer, and in the worst cases, even death. Thankfully, despite such extreme health threats, Yahoo! News reports that the children have all recovered. Still, that's left parents and federal investigators with some big questions about what brought all this on.

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The only thread connected to each case is that the children were all said to have consumed Real Water alkaline water. The FDA is warning consumers against drinking Real Water from an individual bottle, a five-gallon jug container, or Real Water concentrate. While the FDA has yet to officially pin down Real Water as the root cause of all these cases, the administration's deputy commissioner of Food Policy and Response is encouraging residents in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and Utah not to drink these Real Water products.

Alkaline waters have been on the radar for several years, as some experts believe they balance the body's pH, or acidity, levels. It's said that a healthy acidity level can reduce the risk of some diseases like cancer, diabetes, and high blood pressure. However, while sufficient hydration is an essential element of good health, the questions around Real Water show how important it is to be discerning about everything we buy… yes, even water.

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Krissy Gasbarre
Krissy is a senior news editor at Eat This, Not That!, managing morning and weekend news related to nutrition, wellness, restaurants, groceries, and more. Read more
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