They are buying drinking water until recently was a luxury for most Indians. Now almost anyone can afford to drink natural water every day. But many still prefer plumbing. People save on health, calming themselves with myths about bottled water.
With this article, we want to dispel myths about the quality and cost of bottled water. Drink it is not only possible but also necessary.
Myth #1. There is no difference between bottled and purified/filtered tap water
There is no difference. But only if the bottle was poured water from the tap, purifying and artificially enriching it with minerals. Yes, most water bottles depict mountains, forests and lakes. But this does not mean that they were recruited in artesian wells. To verify the natural origin of water, you need to read the text written on the label in small print. If there are words like “centralized source of water supply”, “air-conditioned”, “prepared”, then this is “modified” tap water.
The difference between purified or filtered water with water purifiers and water bottled from artesian wells is enormous. Together with water, a person receives minerals and substances necessary for the body. And purified conditioned by salt composition tap water is “dead water”. It not only does not benefit the body but can also harm health.
If the bottled water label contains data on the source with the healthy number, you can be sure of the quality. All wells for the extraction of natural mineral water have their official registered number.
Myth #2. Our ancestors drank tap water and didn’t get sick, and we can
First, the quality of tap water decades ago, indeed, could be higher. This is not even due to the pollution of sources but to the state of communications. In the freshly laid pipes, there were no layers that worsened the water.
In Europe, for example, in Switzerland, the norm is to supply tap water to the table. But there, most of the water utilities are made of easily replaceable plastic. In India, the probability of poisoning with tap water is many times higher than bottled because it is more difficult to control water quality from the water intake station to the house than at the enterprise where bottling is conducted.
The second factor. It is necessary to consider that if a person is healthy, he will have nothing to use tap water. It is proved that people at risk are mainly already having chronic diseases, for example, the gastrointestinal tract or the cardiovascular system. There is enough information by both foreign and our scientists that the constant use of tap water leads to various diseases, including cancer of the bladder and colon.
The notion that tap water is in no way inferior to bottled water has taken root after the reports of the supervisory authorities. Officials reported on the improvement of the quality of tap water in several Indian cities. However, the pieces reflect the big picture. And measurements are made at water intake stations. The situation in individual houses can be very different. To protect yourself and your loved ones from health problems, it is better to trust those responsible for the quality of the water supplied.
Myth #3. Good water has no taste
Any natural water has a taste. It’s just that each person feels it a little differently. This is due to simple chemistry. Different artesian water contains other minerals in different proportions: calcium, magnesium, sodium, etc.
Depending on the balance of substances in the human body, he can feel the sweetness of water, bitterness or any other taste. Perception is related to what kind of food forms the basis of the diet: salty, fried, dairy or steamed.
It is much worse if the water does not have a pronounced taste. At the very least, this means that it has been distilled. All the valuable properties of such water were “killed”. And it was artificially enriched with a minimum set of substances. “Dead water” does not give anything; it can only remove valuable things from the body.
Myth #4. Water in a glass bottle is better than in a PET bottle
This myth was born with the advent of the wide sale of water in PET containers. It is preserved thanks to human ignorance and decent marketing of water-in-glass companies.
The real value for water quality is only whether modern certified equipment is used for its bottling. If the company follows the technology, there is no difference between the glass and the PET bottle. The taste and composition of the water will be the same. This, by the way, is proved by the fact that most manufacturers of water in glass bottles in recent years have begun to duplicate products in PET containers.
To maintain the quality of any product stored in any container, you need to follow three simple rules:
- Avoid sunlight.
- Do not heat and do not cool much.
Also, if you leave the opened bottle for a few weeks, do not be surprised that the taste and colour of the water in it will change.
Myth #5. The water in a PET bottle contains harmful substances
One of the most common misconceptions. No toxic substances from PET containers are released into the water. No study has yet revealed this fact. The only thing that can be in the bottle is acetaldehyde. This organic compound is found in the most common products. In ordinary yoghurt, its concentration is thousands of times higher than in a PET water bottle.
Moreover, acetaldehyde in a PET bottle is not released unless storage conditions are violated. In case this happens, manufacturers of PET bottles have long included an acetaldehyde absorber in the packaging. The same, by the way, is in the human liver. Without it, people could not, in principle, drink alcohol.
Myth #6. Natural water should be expensive
This misconception is characteristic of countries that have experienced deficits. People are used to the fact that there are only one or two products on the shelves of stores to choose from. Suddenly, a variety of expensive foreign goods fell on them. Domestic producers cannot quickly rebuild, and consumers believe that everything of high quality is expensive and produced abroad.
The initial saturation of the market has already passed. Now people can choose quality products without overpaying. This is especially true of natural water.