Why Do You Drink Bottled Water?

Do you drink bottled water?

Is your intention to get water that is more pure than tap water or is it to reduce caloric intake… or both?

In this post I will share the findings of an experiment I did to look at the “purity” of several popular bottled water choices you are likely to consume.

The results of which might surprise you.

BottledWaterWe consume water by drinking it directly, in our cooking, and through other means. Some choose local tap water. Some choose bottled water. Some choose systems in your home to purify the water.

Grabbing a bottle of water from your local convenience or grocery store might feel like such an easy choice to make but in any of these instances is the water you choose to consume delivering what you expect or believe it to? If not, it might be time to understand more clearly and change your habits and choices.

In any local water system water is treated to bring it to a level deemed safe for consumption. There does, however, remain impurities dissolved in the water that some question as to their potential harmful impact to our health.

Companies that sell bottled water or water filtration systems have used a variety of research, marketing messages, labeling strategies, and other claims to convince consumers that their product is the preferred healthy choice.

“Purity is often represented numerically by “Total Dissolved Solids”, or “TDS”, which measures the concentration of soluble impurities in pure H2O. TDS is measured in terms of parts per million (ppm) or milligrams per liter (mg/l). The EPA stipulates that tap water should have no more than 500 ppm of impurities (of all kinds) in the water.”

Source: http://www.drinkmorewater.com/technology/purity/

“To legally meet the “Purified Water” standard in the US, bottled water must be demineralized to less than 10 ppm (mg/l) dissolved solids (TDS) and adhere to certain microbiological standards.”

Source: http://www.purative.com/2012/01/truth-in-water-the-essentials/

Source: http://www.safewater.org/PDFS/resourcesknowthefacts/Bottled_Water.pdf

My Experiment On Water Purity

I recently did a little experiment (using a measurement device provided by Home Water Systems Inc.) to test the total dissolved solids of water from a variety of sources. Along with the results I found I have listed the marketing claims each products gives. I have also given my opinion on each.

Here’s what I found:

Distilled Water from Save On Foods

  • 5 ppm
  • Pure: a good choice.

Home Water Systems Inc. filtration system

  • 10 ppm
  • Pure: a good choice.

Edmonton Tap (from my house)

  • 240 ppm
  • Well below the safe ceiling but nowhere near pure.

My Brita Filter (overdue to be changed)

  • 240 ppm
  • Not any different than tap water, however a new filter changed regularly is likely to test better.

Dasani (Coca Cola)

  • 38 ppm
  • Label says remineralized water, reverse osmosis, total dissolved solids < 35 ppm
  • A pretty good choice but there appear to be better ones.

Aquafina (Pepsi)

  • 4 ppm
  • Label says demineralized treated water by reverse osmosis – ozonized, dissolved mineral salts < 10ppm
  • Pure: in the same range as distilled. Surprisingly a good choice. I’d choose this one if occasionally buying bottled water!

Nestle Pure Life

  • 100 ppm
  • Label says 100% natural spring water, mineral salt 97 ppm, ozonated
  • There appear to be much better choices.

Evian

  • 330 ppm
  • Label says natural spring water, total dissolved solids (mineral salts) 309 ppm
  • Can’t even measure up to good old Edmonton tap. Maybe how it reads in the mirror is true!

Ethos Water (Starbucks)

  • 55 ppm
  • Label says dissolved mineral salts: 51 ppm, fluoride ions: 0 ppm, natural spring water with ozone added.
  • A pretty good choice but there appear to be better ones.

That’s quite the range of purity of water. They all seem to measure up pretty close to what they advertise. The key appears to be in reading labels and knowing what you want!

How does your preferred choice measure up?

Now there may be more considerations to take into account. For instance, does your nutritional intake make up for minerals removed in “purified water”.

But after all of that let me ask you this…

Why do you make the choices you make concerning the water you drink?

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Do you buy bottled water (or drink water generally) because it is low calorie (zero) and you use it to replace other drinks such as soft drinks, juices, lattes, etc.?

Alright, great choice. Water over virtually every other drink is a great choice. Lower calorie, hydrating, filling. It will help you look great, feel great, and feel great about yourself as a PART of an active, healthy, and happy lifestyle leading to living with Thriving Health!

Or… do you buy it because you believe it is a healthier, more purified, and better choice than local tap water?

Beware the effective job that influential labeling does on your decision making. Generally speaking water (most any water) is a healthier choice than most every other drink. However, not all choices are equal as you have seen above.

If you are wanting to replace other beverages and replace typical tap water then aim to buy distilled (generally found in 4 litre sizes) and get in the habit of carrying a water bottle that you can refill. You might also consider an in home filtration system to make sure all your water meets your purity needs. When buying a single size bottle consider Aquafina or a similarly pure option, however please also consider the waste of plastic by always buying single size.

The bottom line – be truthful to yourself about WHY you choose the water you do. Be informed about what the water you choose delivers and what it does not. Make a conscious choice that aligns with your real reasons – to release weight or for pure water.

Water is an amazing drink. We all could stand to drink much more of it. Let’s do ourselves the favor of making a choice that delivers the value we want!

Remember…

“Life is meant to be embraced, enjoyed and fully lived, not merely endured!”

To your health,

Brent

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