Sharing scientific knowledge about hydration

Nestlé Waters has always been committed to furthering scientific knowledge about hydration and sharing its findings and experience with the scientific and medical community worldwide.

From local studies to general principles

We have long contributed to key peer-reviewed publications on water balance, with a particular focus on children’s hydration status and total water intake, in several countries, including the U.S., France and Italy.

In Lebanon, one of our recent studies revealed that a high proportion of Lebanese children are failing to meet total water intake recommendations and called for culturally relevant intervention.

Contributing proactively to the public health debate

Although facts on the physiological effects of dehydration and over-consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages are available, there is not enough consistent public data on people’s fluid intake to allow benchmarking across geographies and to inform public health strategies. We want to be an active partner, by openly sharing the accurate compiled data we possess (global sales databases on beverages, our consumer surveys, etc.) to inform the public health sector.

By 2018, we will publish in an open-source platform of global statistics on people’s fluid intake, compiled in association with Harvard Medical School.

Fluid intake differs greatly from country to country

The KANTAR TNS survey of attitudes to water-drinking in six countries (2017), commissioned by Nestlé Waters, found strong disparities in the quantities of water consumed. Significantly more than half the French, Turkish and Italian respondents drank at least 1.5L of water a day but only a quarter (25%) of the British. The U.S. also ranked low, at 34%.