Bottled-Water Secret #1: It doesn’t taste any better
In a 2010 study published in the Journal of Sensory Studies, researchers asked people to
rate the taste of six bottled mineral waters and six types of tap water. They
found that, overall, bottled water didn’t perform any better than the stuff
from the tap. The reason: It’s mineral concentration, not "water
purity," that influences flavor. The study’s participants preferred water
with medium mineralization, which they described as “tasteless” and “cooler,”
but whether it came from a bottle or the tap made little difference. What is
clear: By filling your belly, drinking water before meals can help you lose a
ton of weight. In fact, it's one of the 20 Habits Skinny People Live By.
Bottled-Water Secret #2: It’s not necessarily pure
The Natural Resources Defense Council recently tested 1,000
bottles of water and discovered that about 22 percent of the brands in the
study contained chemical contaminants at levels above state health limits. And
in 2011, California State University researchers tested six brands of bottled
water and found that while none contained more than the legal level of
contaminates, all six exceeded California public health goals for arsenic.
There’s also substantial research showing that when certain plastic bottles are
heated at high temperatures, chemicals from the plastic can leach into a
container’s contents (a good reason not to store cases of water in the garage
this summer). The takeaway: Don’t let label jargon like “pure” and “natural”
fool you. Unlike bottled water, tap water is subject to strict federal, state,
and local guidelines, making it a safer beverage choice.
Bottled-Water Secret #3: It may be glorified tap water
Exotic names and labels
conjure up images of tropical waterfalls and mountaintop springs, but in
reality, roughly 25 percent of all bottled water comes from municipal water
sources. Coca-Cola’s Dasani, for example, is nothing but purified tap water
with added minerals. And Pepsi’s Aquafina? Another bottle of city water. I
don’t know about you, but if I’m going to be drinking tap water anyway, I’d
rather save some cash and drink the free version. For more beverage secrets,
including detailed list of the worst drinks in America, pick up a copy ofDrink This, Not That!
Bottled-Water Secret #4: It’s hurting our planet
Most water bottles are made
of a plastic called polyethylene terepthalate, or PET. There are two problems
with PET bottles. Problem 1: They take a boatload of crude oil to produce.
University of Louisville researchers estimate that around 17 million barrels of
oil are used each year to produce PET water bottles—a major reason why bottled
water costs roughly four times as much as gasoline. Problem 2: We’re chucking
our water bottles in the trash, instead of the recycling bin. According to the
Container Recycling Institute, nearly 90 percent of the 30 billion PET water
bottles we buy annually end up in landfills—a huge problem when you consider
that PET bottles take from 400 to 1,000 years to decompose. The bottom line: We
should all take a cue from environmentally conscious activists like the folks
at the University of Vermont—which recently banned bottled-water sales on
campus—and opt for the tap whenever possible.
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