Tap water has more calcium than milk.
There has been a trend in recent years for people to carry bottled water every where that they go, but is this just a fad or is there something bad in our taps ? To see the way that people hang on to their bottles of water would have us believe that without it death would soon follow and that to drink from at tap is committing a cardinal sin, some media tell us that tap water is disgusting and full of evil toxins, but is there any truth in these statements ?
What is so good about bottled water that means we must have it ?
- Artesian water
This is water that originates from a confined aquifer that has been tapped and in which the water level stands at some height above the top of the aquifer.
This type of water contains fluoride added within the limitations established in the FDA Code of Federal Regulations. This category includes water classified as “For Infants” or “Nursery.”
This type of water is from an underground source that is under a pressure equal to or greater than atmospheric pressure.
- Mineral water
Mineral water contains at least 250 parts per million total dissolved solids (TDS). It comes from a source tapped at one or more bore holes or spring, and originates from a geologically and physically protected underground water source. No minerals may be added to this water.
- Purified water
This type of water has been produced by distillation, deionization, reverse osmosis, or other suitable processes. Purified water may also be referred to as “demineralized water”. It meets the definition of “purified water” in the United States Pharmacopoeia.
- Sparkling water
Sparkling water contains the same amount of carbon dioxide that it had at emergence from the source. The carbon dioxide may be removed and replenished after treatment.
- Spring water
This type of water comes from an underground formation from which water flows naturally to the Earth’s surface.
- Sterile water
This type of water meets the requirements under “sterility tests” in the United States Pharmacopoeia.
- Well water
Well water is taken from a hole tapping, etc. This hole may be bored, drilled, or otherwise constructed in the ground.
So what is so good about bottled water ?
Bottled water is perceived by many as being a safer alternative to other sources of water such as tap water. Bottled water usage has increased even in countries where clean tap water is present. This may be attributed to consumers disliking the taste of tap water or its organoleptics. Another contributing factor to this shift could be the marketing success of bottled water. The success of bottled water marketing can be seen by Perrier’s transformation of a bottle of water into a status symbol. However, while bottled water has grown in both consumption and sales, the industry’s advertising expenses are considerably less than other beverages. According to the Beverage Marketing Corporation (BMC), in 2013, the bottled water industry spent $60.6 million on advertising. That same year, sports drinks spent $128 million, sodas spent $564 million, and beer spent $1 billion.
Consumers tend to choose bottled water due to health related reason. In communities that experience problems with their tap water, bottled water consumption is significantly higher. The International Bottled Water Association guidelines state that bottled water companies cannot compare their product to tap water in marketing operations. Consumers are also affected by memories associated with particular brands. For example, Coca-Cola took their Dasani product off of the UK market after finding levels of bromate that were higher than legal standards because consumers in the UK associated this flaw with the Dasani product.
“Bottled water sales are higher amongst African – American, Asians and Hispanic groups, which typically have lower incomes than whites.” Some hypothesize that these differences are due to the geographic distribution of ethnic groups. It was theorized that ethnic differences in bottled water usage “mirror the variability of water system quality between urban, suburban and rural areas (Abrahams et al. 2000) and it was also pointed out that they might reflect the memory of past problems caused by deficient tap-water systems in deprived areas (Olson 1999).” In France, a similar geographic study in the early 1970s found that bottled water consumption was found to be much higher in urban areas (Ferrier 2001). This finding was “also explained in terms of the poor quality of urban tap water and of the bad condition of the old lead pipes in French cities. Nonetheless, while poor tap water quality may motivate the public to search for alternative sources, it alone does not necessarily lead to higher consumption of bottled water.”
Some surveys “found that bottled water, far from being an alternative to tap water, seems to be mostly consumed as a substitute for alcoholic and traditional soft drinks (e.g. AWWA-RF 1993; FWR 1996) – the exception being when water contamination presents serious health risks and the trust in the tap water company is highly eroded (e.g. Lonnon 2004).” Another explanation for the rise in popularity of bottled water is alternative explanation is that “the consumption of ‘pure’ and ‘natural’ bottled water in degraded environments may represent a symbolic purging behavior.”
Many low-income families avoid drinking tap water because they fear it may cause sickness. Bottled, filtered, and tap water are all for the most part safe in the United States. The Environmental Protection Agency regulations for tap water are “actually stricter than the Food and Drug Administration regulations for bottled water.” A study of drinking water in Cincinnati, Ohio, discovered that bacterial counts in bottled water were often higher than those in tap water and fluoride concentration was inconsistent. Globally, there is an intensifying environmental backlash against bottled water usage. As global consumption of bottled water soars, environmental groups such as the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and Greenpeace have warned of the huge environmental footprint of the plastic in which the water is packaged.
In 2001 a WWF study, “Bottled water: understanding a social phenomenon”, warned that in many countries, bottled water may be no safer or healthier than tap water and it sold for up to 1,000 times the price. It said the booming market would put severe pressure on recycling plastics and could lead to landfill sites drowning in mountains of plastic bottles. Also, the study discovered that the production of bottled water uses more water than the consumer actually buys in the bottle itself.
What is good about tap water that is kept quiet by either the media or by big business ?
According to UK scientists tap water is just as good if not better for you than the water that is found in bottles there are many myths associated with tap water as well as some surprising benefits one myth is that our water goes through seven people before it gets to us, in fact our water goes through much more than seven people the true number is that water goes through animals and billions of people before we drink it the water that we drink is in fact not new at all no new water is produced so that means that ALL the water that we drink is recycled. Tap water is very highly regulated in the UK and in most developed countries. Tap water has in it more calcium than milk, a small glass of milk contains less calcium than 1.5 litres of tap water and of course calcium is needed for teeth, bones, heart health so for the very low price of tap water you could get all the calcium that you need for each day. The amount of calcium in tap water is equivalent to a small slice of cheese or a head of broccoli, or a slice of white bread. Tap water also contains magnesium which according to Dr. Mercola Is a deficiency that is not easy to detect, magnesium is a mineral used by every organ in your body, especially your heart, muscles, and kidneys. If you suffer from unexplained fatigue or weakness, abnormal heart rhythms or even muscle spasms and eye twitches, low levels of magnesium could be to blame.
If you’ve recently had a blood test, you might assume it would show a magnesium deficiency. But only 1 percent of magnesium in your body is distributed in your blood, making a simple sample of magnesium from a serum magnesium blood test not very useful.
Most magnesium is stored in your bones and organs, where it is used for many biological functions. Yet, it’s quite possible to be deficient and not know it, which is why magnesium deficiency has been dubbed the “invisible deficiency.”