During the last decade, the scientific evidence in the research of fluid intake and hydration assessment increased. More intake data on specifically fluid intake were published, and the science on hydration biomarkers also started covering the general population. That set the basis for more robust reference values on total water intake in the future. Ideally, because estimating the amount of food moisture might be difficult for the general population, these values will be translated into recommendation on the amount to drink, as well as on the fluid types to drink. Moreover, given the fact that a relative large proportion of individuals don’t meet the reference values and/or have a relatively high intake of sugar-sweetened beverages, national campaigns promoting the intake of water seem pertinent. Roselyne Y. Wagner, PhD, is a scientific project manager for PMCONSEILS in France. Isabelle Guelinckx, PhD, is a fluid intake manager in the Hydration & Health Department, Danone Nutricia Research in Palaiseau, France.
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