NHS health guidelines state clearly that drinking water helps avoid dehydration, and that Britons should drink at least 1.2 litres per day.
The Department for Health disputed the wisdom of the new law. A spokesman said: "Of course water hydrates. While we support the EU in preventing false claims about products, we need to exercise common sense as far as possible."
German professors Dr Andreas Hahn and Dr Moritz Hagenmeyer, who advise food manufacturers on how to advertise their products, asked the European Commission if the claim could be made on labels.
They compiled what they assumed was an uncontroversial statement in order to test new laws which allow products to claim they can reduce the risk of disease, subject to EU approval.
They applied for the right to state that "regular consumption of significant amounts of water can reduce the risk of development of dehydration" as well as preventing a decrease in performance.
However, last February, the European Food Standards Authority (EFSA) refused to approve the statement.
A meeting of 21 scientists in Parma, Italy, concluded that reduced water content in the body was a symptom of dehydration and not something that drinking water could subsequently control.
Now the EFSA verdict has been turned into an EU directive which was issued on Wednesday
Folks, don't buy into this stupidity. It's important to get enough clean water for vital organ and body function. The common wisdom of 8oz per day is actually excessive however I would encourage you to aim for it since most of us come no where close! Be sure your water is not from the tap. Store bought or company bought "SPRING" water is the best source and we use Snow Mountain Spring Water here in the office. I do not endorse "drinking water" as this is just filtered tap (think Disani and Aquafina). Distilled water is hypo-osmotic and can actually deplete your body of needed minerals. Some patients have asked me if these Kagan water systems are good. They are very expensive and unfortunately can alter your needed pH levels disturbing appropriate digestion. If you want to lower your pH in a less invasive natural way, look to reduce (not eliminate) red meat, all sugar (particularly High Fructose Corn Syrup-don't believe the ads on TV from corn growers), and most if not all grains (use dark green leafy veggies for your fiber).
Have a Blessed Day!