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To explore the relationship between water consumption and health aspects, we interviewed doctors and nutritionists in past editions of “In buone acque”. Below are some of the answers to the most important questions.

“According to recent studies, hard water has a protective effect on the cardiovascular system and are freed from the accusation of promoting kidney stones."

Emilia Guberti, Director of the Food Hygiene and Nutrition Service of the USL of Bologna.

“Only water that flows into household appliances should be softened, not water that we drink."

Emilia Guberti, Director of the Food Hygiene and Nutrition Service of the USL of Bologna.

"If we want to control the intake of sodium in our bodies we must act on factors other than water."

Emilia Guberti, Director of the Food Hygiene and Nutrition Service of the USL of Bologna.

“Drinking tap water doesn't give you kidney stones at all. The scientific literature is very clear on this point. “Calcium and magnesium are extremely important for our bodies."

Gianni Pastore, lead researcher at the National Research Institute for Food and Nutrition, a research body of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry Policies

"Many epidemiological studies have shown an inverse relationship between water hardness and kidney stones."

Professor Renata Caudarella, researcher of Metabolism and Metabolic Diseases (at the University of Bologna)

"The intake of sodium through water is negligible because most of the sodium we ingest comes from other foods."

Professor Renata Caudarella, researcher of Metabolism and Metabolic Diseases (at the University of Bologna)

"Drinking a litre of tap water with sodium is equivalent to eating half a cracker!"

INRAN guidelines

"Even drinking sodium-rich water, it would be difficult to ingest more than 100 milligrams of sodium in a day. A very small amount compared to the maximum threshold of 3 grams of sodium daily to avoid cardiovascular risks."

Giancarlo Marinangeli, Director of the Department of Nephrology and Dialysis of the Hospital of Giulianova (TE)

“It has been scientifically proven that the predisposition to kidney stones, gallstones, stones in salivary glands, etc. depends on the characteristics of an individual’s metabolism. It has practically nothing to do with the water we drink."

Giancarlo Marinangeli, Director of the Department of Nephrology and Dialysis of the Hospital of Giulianova (TE)

“Tap water doesn't cause any stones at all."

Vincenzo Cennamo, Head of Gastroenterology at the Local Health Authority of Bologna

"Drinking a lot is good for kidneys. Drinking plenty of water inhibits the development and growth of kidney stones, reduces recurrences, infections and inflammatory phenomena.”

Alessandro Zanasi, specialist in Pneumology, Pharmacology and Medical Hydrology at the Sant'Orsola Malpigli Polyclinic in Bologna

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