ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) testified at a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and USDA public meeting on the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s (DGAC) report, according to a press release.

IBWA Director of Science and Research Tamika Sims, Ph.D., applauded in prepared comments DGAC’s recognition of the importance of water for a healthy diet, stated the release.

Sims noted that the U.S. is an “on-the-go society” that often will depend on convenience when making food and beverage decisions, continued the release.

“Water, including bottled water, helps people pursue a healthy lifestyle and avoid sugar-sweetened beverage consumption,” said Sims. “Because 47 percent of added sugars in our diets and 20 percent of our daily caloric intake come from beverages, it is clear that Americans need guidance on how to be more aware of what they drink and to reduce their calorie consumption from beverages.”

In her testimony, Sims also informed USDA and HHS, from an environmental standpoint, choosing bottled water over other bottled or canned beverages equates to choosing less energy consumption, less packaging and less use of natural resources, noted the release.

Read the entire release here.