Saint Geron

Located in Auvergne, in the region of Clermont-Ferrand known as the region of French volcanoes, and deep in the heart of France, the mineral spring of Saint Geron has a long and proud natural history.

The product we drink today fell as rain far back in the Middle Ages, and has then been naturally filtered over the last eleven hundred years. Enriched by minerals picked up along its voyage, and cleansed of all bacteria and nitrates, which show up at less than .1 milligrams per liter, it makes its way back to the surface as a lightly carbonated water bursting with purity.

As with many of the great natural waters, the Saint Geron source was enjoyed by the Romans. At the end of the 19th century, workers constructing reservoirs to collect water from the spring, discovered antique wells and coins from the reign of Faustina Augustus during the Gallo-roman period. From its early history, Saint Geron has been showered with awards. Dubbed "The Queen of Mineral Waters," it has long been recommended as an aid in the treatment of anemia, digestive problems, diabetes and even gout. Its elegant glass bottle was created by painter and designer Alberto Bali.

Water In The News…

Global Bottled Water Congress Review Trends In Rio
This year‚s Global Bottled Water Congress takes place from 13th to 15th September 2011 at the waterfront Windsor Barra Hotel in Rio de Janeiro, alongside the 20th Brazil Mineral Water Congress. Adopting the theme of "Clear opportunity", conference sessions include a regional overview with speakers from the Brazil Government, Edson Queiroz and Nestlé, as well as global perspectives with Zenith International and Coca-Cola. There will also be growth case studies from San Benedetto, DS Waters, Aguas de Mondariz and Rabobank, plus an update on ethical and environmental initiatives from IBWA, Global Ethics, EcoVita and Tetra Pak

IBWA Recycling Video Launched
The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) has released a new You Tube video, Recycling Empty Plastic Bottles, that gives consumers a good look at how each year a PET (polyethylene terephthalate) recycling facility converts more than two billion PET plastic bottles into useful materials. Thousands of products are now made from recycled PET plastic (rPET). To watch the video, click here

Brands In The News…

Icelandic Glacial Donates Water to Aid Tornado Stricken Joplin, Missouri.
In conjunction with the local Red Cross and Salvation Army, Icelandic Glacial has provided 20 tons of water in1-litre bottles to victims and disaster relief volunteers as they begin the rebuilding process

Are We Trying To
Sell Water Here?

Smart Water goes to extreme with edgy print ads and videos featuring Jennifer Anniston. You Tube videos have already racked up more than 9 million views, and Smartwater is hoping their print ads, like the one to the left, produce similar responses.

Class Action Lawsuit Against
Coca Cola Goes To Mediation

The lawsuit, filed in 2009, has brought together class actions in CA, NJ, and NY, alleging that Coca-Cola had misled consumers over the health benefits of VitaminWater. Coca Cola immediately filed a motion to dismiss, however, that motion was denied.

Perrier launches "YouTube Campaign"
In an appeal to chic consumers in North America and Europe, French sparkling water brand Perrier has launched, "Le Club Perrier," on its YouTube channel. The video is segmented into six versions that are unlocked as more people view it. Or, as Perrier puts it, "The more viewers of the online video, the hotter the party becomes."

On The Tech Side

Is Salt the next "Global Warming"?
A recent study by Royal Dutch Shell has resulted in a major statement that "global demand for fresh water may outstrip supply by 40 percent in 20 years." Shell, together with the International Energy Agency and World Business Council for Sustainable Development, is conducting research on water use in the energy industry. They have begun using water recycling technologies at numerous ventures. A result of the study also unveils, some Middle Eastern nations use 65 percent of oil consumed at home to run desalination plants to produce fresh water. The process is making the Persian Gulf saltier. NASA has pointed out; ocean salinity could have disturbing effects on ocean circulation and climate change over time. So, there you have it, the next battle is being forged. For more on this topic click here.

In The Learning Corner...

Is Carbonated Water Bad for You?*
A quick Internet search reveals several websites warning that drinking carbonated water will leech calcium from your bones. Others claimed that carbonated beverages can harm the enamel on your teeth, irritate your stomach, or even cause cancer. Let’s take these one claim at a time.

Does Carbonated Water Leech Calcium from Your Bones?
Soda consumption–particularly cola consumption–has been linked to lower bone mineral density. Researchers studied two groups, one drinking still water every day while another group drank carbonated water. After eight weeks, the researchers could detect no difference between the groups. It became pretty clear that it has nothing to do with the carbonation itself. In fact, the most recent research suggests that the reason people who drink a lot of cola have weaker bones is not because something in the soda is robbing calcium from their bones, but because by consuming soda, they tend to have lower calcium intake from healthier drinks.

Does Carbonated Water Harm Your Teeth?
When carbon dioxide is dissolved in water, small amounts of carbonic acid are formed, making the water slightly more acidic. However, when researchers soaked human teeth in various still and sparkling waters, they found that neither were harmful to the teeth. Most water–even tap water–contains small amounts of calcium and other minerals and these minerals buffer the effects of the carbonic acid and protect the tooth enamel.

This same is not true of flavored soda, however, The flavoring agents make the soda water significantly more acidic and these flavored seltzers could contribute to dental erosion. Soft drinks like Coke and Pepsi are also quite acidic and will definitely erode tooth enamel. Drinking plain club soda, seltzer, or mineral water does not damage tooth enamel.

Does Carbonated Water Damage Your Throat or Stomach?
Drinking carbonated water may make you burp, however, etiquette issues aside, burping can relieve symptoms of indigestion. Carbonated water will not hurt your stomach. In fact, many people find that drinking a little carbonated water is a good way to settle an upset stomach, and there are some studies to support this.

Does Drinking Water Dilute Stomach Acid?
Drinking water with your meals–whether still or carbonated–will not dilute your stomach acid or prevent you from digesting your food.

What Are the Benefits of Drinking Carbonated Water?
To sum up, although soda and other carbonated beverages have been associated with negative effects, carbonation is not harmful in and of itself. Drinking carbonated water offers the same benefits as drinking plain water. It keeps you hydrated, which (among other things) helps prevent constipation. Drinking water can reduce your appetite and help you eat less at meals. And depending on the source of the water, it may contain minerals that even help strengthen your bones and teeth.

* Nutrition Diva, Monica Reinagel, MS LD/N

Sunshine in a can...

San Pellegrino Limonata (Lemon) and Aranciata (Orange) Sparkling Beverages are an excellent product for gourmet thirst. A truly lemon or orange soda with that unique European flavor profile. San Pellegrino's juice-laden sparklers are made with all natural ingredients, and each contain 18 % real fruit and only pure cane sugar (no corn syrups). New packaging includes an old-fashioned dust cover on each can. Both packed 24 cans per case (4/6packs).

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A great drink straight out of the can, or it can also be used as a mixer, like this classic Italian cocktail.

Campari Aranciata Cocktail Recipe
adapted from Jason Wilson/The Washington Post

2 ounces Campari
3 ounces Pellegrino Aranciata

Fill highball glass 3/4 full with ice (preferably large cubes). Add Campari and Aranciata and stir gently. Garnish with orange slice.

Water leaves the stomach five minutes after consumption.

The National Wild and Scenic Rivers System has only 11,434 river miles in it–just over one-quarter of one percent of our rivers are protected through this designation.

The United States has over 3,660,000 miles of rivers. The 600,000 miles of rivers lying behind dams amounts to fully 17% of our river mileage.

Saline water can be desalinated for use as drinking water by going through a process to remove the salt from the water. The process costs so much that it isn’t done on a very large scale. The cost of desalting sea water in the U.S. ranges from $1 to $16 per 1000 gallons.

Bottled water can be safely stored indefinitely if kept sealed and out of direct sunlight.