I purchased your book “Edmumd’s Food Ratings for Dieters”. Could you please tell me what king of rating various waters have?

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I purchased your book “Edmund’s Food Ratings for Dieters” from the UCLA bookstore on a recent visit. Could you please tell me what kind of rating various waters would have?

I really enjoy your book and find it very readable and well researched. How can I find out about other foods that are not covered in your book? Thanks.

Also, do you have any educational materials that I can use in a middle school level science classroom?

With regards to water ratings, one comparison would be based on hard versus softened water. Hard water contains minerals, soft water doesn’t and may have higher sodium content. Research has found that minerals in hard water, though not in the most absorbable form, are better for your cardiovascular system (heart).

The second comparison would be based on tap versus bottled water including water coolers. Since many people are drinking bottled water, they may not be getting fluoride provided by fluoridated city water. Fluoride helps make teeth calcium harder and less likely to dental decay. Fluoride also helps make bones harder and less likely to break or lose calcium.

Glad you liked “Edmund’s Food Ratings for Dieters” which I co-authored. I have not rated additional foods yet.

With regards to educational materials that can be used in a middle school science class, I would suggest you contact the National Dairy Council in Rosemont, IL. They have many wonderful educational materials that are geared toward K through 12 students at a low cost. Also, General Mills in Minneapolis, MN has a wonderful computer program that has students analyze their breakfast (of course by choosing from various cereals and other foods). Also, you can contact the American Dietetic Association in Chicago IL for consumer educational materials. March is National Nutrition Month for which the ADA developed many aimed at K through 12 students.