Sipping bottled water has become such a habit for people trying to live healthier — think Jennifer Aniston and her Smartwater ads. Choosing water over sugary sodas is great, but many people think bottled water is healthier than good ol' water from the tap. And cleaner too. But research has found that is not true. In fact, bottled water could contain more impurities than tap water — that's not smart at all. Here are seven reasons to skip the bottled water and opt for tap.
- Tap water is highly regulated. It is regularly checked for traces of E. coli and fecal coliform bacteria. The FDA doesn't hold the same rules for bottled water.
- Tap water must be tested for coliform bacteria 100 or more times a month. Bottled water companies are only required to test once a week.
Learn five more reasons.
I'm not a huge user or supporter of bottled water since one bottle takes over 1,000 years to biodegrade in a landfill, and they leak toxic additives into the groundwater. So I'd much rather see everyone using reusable BPA-free, aluminum or stainless steel bottles. Sometimes you may not be able to use your own refillable bottle though, so if you have to purchase a bottle of water, think about buying Give brand.
Not only are the bottles biodegradable, but the water is bottled regionally and delivered to local stores, so that means reduced carbon footprint. And they're called Give for a reason. Depending on the bottle you purchase, you can choose which of the four charities ten cents of bottle's cost will go to support. To see which charities, read more
Last week, I asked you how you felt about boxed water, the latest fad to hit the beverage market. Although many of you were in support of the company's sustainable business model, just as many said you'd rather turn on the tap. It turns out you're not alone: recent studies indicate that consumers are actually turning their backs on bottled water.
WaterAid, an international water charity, found that 63 percent of people surveyed preferred to order tap water — and the number is skewed in favor of women. Another study by market research firm TNS showed sales of bottled water — which climbed in the 1990s and the early part of this century — actually fell by nine percent last year. I find the concept of people returning to tap to be refreshing.
Circumstances like environmental urgency, economic turmoil, and advanced public water systems have made bottled water, at times, seem extravagant, wasteful, and unnecessary. Do you agree? How often do you reach for a bottle of packaged water?
Many of us have moved from bottled water to reusable water bottles filled with tap water in an effort to keep bottles out of the landfills. Just the other day, when my sister and I went to the gym, she was toting her bottled water and said, "I know I should switch, but bottled water just seems so much cleaner." I know she is not alone in thinking this — in fact it's common to believe that bottle water is cleaner than tap — but is it really?
To find out the answer, just read more
Although bottled water isn't great for the environment, it seems like there's a new kind out each week. We've had holy water, vitamin water, mint water, flavored water and even fiber water. While it seems like you couldn't add another kind to the mix, Los Angeles based Activate is doing just that.
marketing gimmick trick is that the vitamins and herbs in their vitamin and herb-infused water are stored in a chamber inside the cap. When you twist the cap clockwise, the chamber is cut and the powder drops into the water below. The founders of the company came up with the idea because they had a hard time remembering to take their daily vitamins. Storing the ingredients in the cap will keep them fresh until they're released.
If you're interested to see how Activate tastes, the purified water is currently available in four flavors — Fruit Punch (Vitamin), Orange (Immunity), Berry (Antioxidant), and Lemon-Lime (Energy) — and claims to have no syrupy taste. There's no sugar — although it is lightly sweetened with Splenda — and it does contain caffeine.
So tell me, are you going to try Activate?
I just read some alarming news on Reuters.com, well alarming to me at least. Did you know that 25% of all bottled water is actually just repackaged tap water? I definitely did not know that.
Nor did I know this: Because bottled water is considered a food, it is regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration. Tap water is regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. However, both types of water are subject to testing for contaminates. Furthermore, since 60 to 70 percent of all bottled water in the U.S. is packaged and sold within the same state, it is exempted from the FDA regulation. And 1 in 5 states do not regulate that bottled water. Basically, it's a crapshoot.
22 percent of all the bottled water tested was found to have man-made chemicals, bacteria and arsenic. It doesn't end there, tap water in the 19 U.S. cities tested was found to contain arsenic, lead, and pesticides. Boy let me tell you, nothing says refreshing like arsenic. Luckily for us, most healthy adults' systems can handle the contaminants but this is not always the case for those with weakened immune systems (like children and cancer patients).
So what's the moral of the story? Bottled water is not necessarily better. To get the most out of your water, buy bottled water treated with reverse osmosis and/or drink distilled water or city tap water with a filtering system certified by the National Sanitation Foundation.
I am always telling you to drink more water because it is good for you, but did you ever think that drinking water could be good for others too?
charity: water sells virtual bottled water ($20) and gives 100% of your donation to freshwater well projects in Africa. Just one virtual bottle can provide clean water to someone who needs it for 15 years. (Note: You don't get actual water to drink from your $20, it's just a donation.)
If you purchase 24 bottles for $480, you actually receive the water and provide clean water for 24 people for more than 15 years. The $480 is put towards the construction or rehabilitation of a freshwater well, which can produce the equivalent of more than 13 million, 16.9 ounce bottles of water in Africa. (Note: You get actual bottled water from your $480, so you have something to show/drink for your money spent.)
So drink up -- It's good for everyone involved! Not sure how much water you should be drinking, check out the Fit Calculator to find out! While you're there, check out your BMI, calorie evaluator and target heart rate calculator.