In the regulatory howler of the decade, EU bureaucrats have officially denied that water aids hydration.
Specifically, the government has forbidden bottled water companies from claiming that “regular consumption of significant amounts of water can reduce the risk of development of dehydration.”
While the measure has made the European Food Standards Authority an international laughingstock, it still has some academic defenders with the EU. Prof. Brian Ratcliffe, a spokesman for the Nutrition Society in Aberdeen, argued, “The EU is saying that this does not reduce the risk of dehydration and that is correct.”
What’s even more outlandish than the EU’s claim is the fact that it took them a three-year investigation to arrive at it.
And to what great heights can this landmark scientific find lead Western Civilization? Probably nowhere it’s not been already. For example, we already have dehydrated water—in both can and capsule form. These are probably banned in the EU also, or reserved only for the scientific elites.
Watch next for the EU to claim that their debt crisis can be solved by more fiat money created, like dehydrated water, out of thin air!
In all seriousness, the real problem here is the idea of a governmental “Food Authority” that has the right to ban all claims it thinks are not directly provable through government-approved scientific studies. When will the west learn about free markets and let third parties and consumers inform and decide for themselves?