The company boasts that blk. water contains both fulvic and humic acid (found in soil, sediment and aquatic environments). But neither fulvic acid or humic acid are required in humans.
There is no quick fix or perfect food. And nothing shuttles nutrients into your body’s cells better than real food.
Blk. water’s dark color comes from the addition of fulvic acid produced by the biodegration of dead organic matter (yummy, right?). The product reportedly provides a bevy of trace minerals and electrolytes while also helping to balance the human body’s pH levels. A bonus: the word around the water cooler is that it makes a great hangover cure, because of its ability to quickly transport nutrients to cells.
But we’re not going to sugarcoat it: Not only is this stuff very dark (think stale coffee or flat Pepsi), experts argue that it’s more of a gimmick than a godsend. The packaging and minimalist design are very hip and the black color certainly draws attention, but is it really better than plain old water?
With celeb chuggers, an appearance in the Emmy Awards gift bag and representation by the Manzo brothers (of Real Housewives of New Jersey fame), this latest take on H20 is primed to take the water market by storm.
The addition of these two acids to water in no way enhances the nutritional benefits of water.
A plant-based diet will provide the same phytonutrients that black water claims to have, along with added soluble and insoluble fiber. Plus, plant foods will fill you up and help you shed pounds.
According to Christine Gerbstadt, M.D., registered dietitian and author of Doctors Detox Diet, not a chance. Here’s why:
In case you haven’t heard, there’s something dark in the water. Just like the lbd (little black dress) is a must-have item in your closet, some claim blk. water (or rather, black water) should be a staple in your fridge.
In case you haven't heard, there's something dark in the water. Just like the lbd (little black dress) is a must-have item in your closet, some claim blk. water (or rather, black water) should be a staple in your fridge….
Christmas is almost here! Are you ready yet? Are you fed up with people asking if you’re ready yet? Have you worked out what to buy for Great-uncle Nigel, who says he neither needs nor wants anything? Always a tricky scenario, that. Consumables are often a safe fallback position. They don’t clutter up the house, and who doesn’t enjoy a nice box of luxury biscuits, or chocolates, or a bottle of champagne, or spirts, or a case of blk water.
A bit like… cola. Only blacker, and not fizzy, or sweet, or with any discernable flavour other than water.
“Fulvic minerals contain 77 other trace minerals, most of which have an influence on the healthiness of our body. They are very high in alkaline and when sourced from the ground contain a pH of 9.”
“Fulvic minerals are plant matter derived from millions of years ago that have combined with fulvic acid forming rare fulvic mineral deposits. They deliver some of the most powerful electrolytes in the world.”
And, according to the blk website the drink contains “0 mg of sodium per 500ml” so… yeah.
Oh dear. It seems that dihaloacetonitriles are formed. (See also this paper.) This is a group of substances (possibly the best known one is dichloroacetonitrile) which are variously toxic and mutagenic. Let’s hope that spring water is totally unchlorinated, 100% “we really got it from out of a rock” spring water, then.
Oh, hang on, I should’ve checked the “blk explained” page on the blk water website. There’s a heading which actually says “what are Fulvic Minerals”, let’s see now…
It raises many questions, doesn’t it? Let’s start with why. Obviously it’s a great marketing gimmick. It definitely looks different. It also comes with a number of interesting claims. The suppliers claim it contains “no nasties” and “only 2 ingredients”, namely spring water and “Fulvic Minerals” (sic). (Hang on, I hear you say, if it’s minerals, plural, surely that’s already more than two ingredients? Oh, but that’s only the start. Stay with me.)
It claims to “balance pH levels” and help “to regulate our highly acidic diets”. Yes, well, I think I’ve covered that before. Absolutely nothing you drink, or eat, does anything to the pH in any part of your body except, possibly, your urine – where you might see a small difference under some circumstances (but even if you do it doesn’t tell you anything significant about the impact of your diet on your long-term health). And bear in mind that a few minutes after you drink any kind of alkaline water it mixes with stomach acid which has a pH of around 2. Honestly, none of that alkaline “goodness” makes it past your pyloric sphincter.
Christmas is almost here! Are you ready yet? Are you fed up with people asking if you're ready yet? Have you worked out what to buy for Great-uncle Nigel, who says he neither needs nor wants anything? Always a tricky scenario, that. Consumables are often a safe fallback position. They don't clutter up the house, and who…