Nobody works—or works out—quite as hard as Dwayne Johnson. Not only is the guy the most bankable actor in Hollywood—a man so beloved that his legions of fans want him to run for president—but as anyone with an Instagram account knows, the Baywatch star is also routinely up before the crack of dawn doing his first workout of the day. And since he’s a giant with an expensive, 5,000 calorie-per-day diet, you can bet that Johnson doesn’t just guzzle plain-old tap water to fuel all of those workouts. As GQ recently revealed, he prefers to stay hydrated by drinking Voss.
Yes, Voss. You know: the expensive bottled water that comes in those fancy, glass-looking cylinders that would seem perfectly at home in a European art gallery. Yes, the very same bottles you see people who wear designer workout clothes carrying into SoulCycle. And yes, the very same bottled water that many, many people love to hate. It all got us thinking: is Voss actually special? Or Is Johnson being slightly pretentious like the rest of us?
Well, it turns out that yes, it’s better to drink Voss than your average bottled water.
Voss is sourced from a natural spring outside the Norwegian hamlet of Vatnestrøm, and it’s filtered by completely natural methods so it never comes into contact with any pollutants. And, according to Eat This, Not That!, not all “pure” and “natural” bottled water is, well, pure and natural. That Dasani you picked up before your flight? That’s actually just tap water, with minerals.
But what really sets Voss apart is the bottle; the brand uses polyethylene terephthalate, or PET, plastic in their bottles. PET bottles notably don’t contain the chemical bisphenol-A (BPA), a compound that wreaks havoc on your hormones and is actually banned in baby bottles. One study, published in The Journal of Endocrinological Investigation in 2016, found that avoiding BPA exposure is a great way to avoid disease down the road. The researchers also stated that BPA is a “serious problem of global proportion and economic and social emergencies, such as obesity, metabolic syndrome, and diabetes.”
Of course, because nothing is perfect, PET bottles do have a drawback: the bottles, since they’re built from a different type of plastic, take anywhere from 400 to 1,000 years to decompose. But perhaps Johnson can tackle that problem in the future. In that same GQ article, Johnson didn’t rule out a potential run at the White House in the future. “I think that’s a real possibility,” he said.
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