3

votes

What type of water is the best?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 22, 2012 at 12:02 AM

I have been thinking about that and as many other ppl, I prefer drinking mineral water. But what is actually the difference between mineral, tap and table water?Why is tap water being so avoided? What actually is table water? As far as I know, it is a mixture of tap water and... another type of water...maybe mineral? I dont know... please explain :( The vending machines in my school sell "table water". Is it okay to drink it while at school or I'd better buy some mineral water before going to school ? I drink 2-3 0.5l bottles a day.
Can someone please answer my questions?

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on November 22, 2012
at 10:24 PM

I love (and miss) Evian too. We get some crazy tasting spring mineral waters in poland. I try to find the ones with close to 1:1 magnesium to calcium ratios. Whenever we can afford it I buy the more expensive "healing waters". They're chock full of good minerals and natural carbonation (very subtle though.) seems Like a very natural way to get trace minerals.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on November 22, 2012
at 08:53 PM

I heard that joke before I tasted Evian. You must not have tried it yet. :)

977d98d9ee4a3edba0141c0b3aa018a7

(243)

on November 22, 2012
at 08:47 PM

Anyone ever notice what Evian spells backwards?

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on November 22, 2012
at 08:02 PM

I also have the Pur faucet filter - with the MineralClear cartridges cause it tastes way better.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on November 22, 2012
at 08:00 PM

Yeah, that would be great. I deal with the plastic Evian, though, because by not eating many processed foods or things that are packaged in plastic, and using a stainless steel water bottle without funky linings, I feel like I'm already way ahead of the average. Jana is good, too, but I miss the spring down the road from my great-aunt's house in WV. I'm water nostalgic AND a water snob. ;) I'm not too keen on LaCrx, but the San Pell in the small bottles is my go-to for all my sparkly needs. I make my own hibiscus syrup with just a touch of sweetener to spike it with, sometimes along with lime.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on November 22, 2012
at 05:52 PM

Word. I just wish Evian in glass bottles were made more widely available. But yeah, it still is the best tasting water. Jana water comes in glass bottles and is my second choice for drinking water. La Croix sparkling water is good for surreptitiously spiking with gin/vodka over the holidays with family (aka, now). Acqua Pana is good water to serve with meals, obviously alongside San Pell. Are we water snobs?

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on November 22, 2012
at 02:42 PM

Evian is the most delicious water I have ever tasted. If I could afford it, I would drink nothing but Evian. In fact, I would want to bathe in it.

F02990386b12528111740ad6279ba29d

(1363)

on November 22, 2012
at 12:57 AM

Oh man, one more thing for me to worry about!

  • 393bdb03e6aa0661b9222e8593e92649

    asked by

    (43)
  • Views
    3.4K
  • Last Activity
    1280D AGO
Frontpage book

Get FREE instant access to our Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!

5 Answers

best answer

2
1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

on November 22, 2012
at 12:47 AM

Great, great question(s). Hmm, where to start.

Natural water is any water from an underground source. Mineral content has not been changed, though minerals have been stripped during any filtration or disinfecting process(es). In spring water, minerals may have been added or removed and it's usually filtered, not processed. 75% of all bottled water in America is actually spring water. With distilled or "purified" water, most of the minerals have been removed. The water has been boiled and the steam condensed into purified water. Distilled water has a flat taste, and it usually does not make for pleasant drinking. Mineral water is not defined by the FDA, but it has no chemicals or salts or sugars or caffeine. Sparkling water gets its fizz from carbon dioxide, but only purchase naturally sparkling water, because that means the carbon dioxide content is in the water at its source...club soda and selzter, for example, are totally artifically carbonated. Now, tap water is just "potable water supplied by a tap." Typically, water purity standards are set by your municipality, and the cleanliness of the water has in part to do with the municipality's standards and other part to do with your own plumbing. Generally though, this water has been heavily treated and reused, and is of the lowest quality- to be avoided.

Onto favorites/best? My personal favorite is Evian, of which I drink two 1L bottles a day- one upon waking and one after exercising, usually in the afternoon. Evian falls under the mineral water category. More precisely, it is a spring water sourced from Evian-les-Bains in the French Alpes. Post-exercise, always drink your water cold, as it is absorbed quicker.
My favorite sparkling mineral water is San Pellegrino, of which I typically drink 1, sometimes 2 bottles a day, at meals. This has carbonation occurring natrually at its source, but some extra is also added when bottled. The rest of the water I drink either comes from the bulk filtration system they have at Whole Foods market, or tap water filtered through PUR water filters.

F02990386b12528111740ad6279ba29d

(1363)

on November 22, 2012
at 12:57 AM

Oh man, one more thing for me to worry about!

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on November 22, 2012
at 08:53 PM

I heard that joke before I tasted Evian. You must not have tried it yet. :)

977d98d9ee4a3edba0141c0b3aa018a7

(243)

on November 22, 2012
at 08:47 PM

Anyone ever notice what Evian spells backwards?

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on November 22, 2012
at 05:52 PM

Word. I just wish Evian in glass bottles were made more widely available. But yeah, it still is the best tasting water. Jana water comes in glass bottles and is my second choice for drinking water. La Croix sparkling water is good for surreptitiously spiking with gin/vodka over the holidays with family (aka, now). Acqua Pana is good water to serve with meals, obviously alongside San Pell. Are we water snobs?

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on November 22, 2012
at 10:24 PM

I love (and miss) Evian too. We get some crazy tasting spring mineral waters in poland. I try to find the ones with close to 1:1 magnesium to calcium ratios. Whenever we can afford it I buy the more expensive "healing waters". They're chock full of good minerals and natural carbonation (very subtle though.) seems Like a very natural way to get trace minerals.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on November 22, 2012
at 02:42 PM

Evian is the most delicious water I have ever tasted. If I could afford it, I would drink nothing but Evian. In fact, I would want to bathe in it.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on November 22, 2012
at 08:02 PM

I also have the Pur faucet filter - with the MineralClear cartridges cause it tastes way better.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on November 22, 2012
at 08:00 PM

Yeah, that would be great. I deal with the plastic Evian, though, because by not eating many processed foods or things that are packaged in plastic, and using a stainless steel water bottle without funky linings, I feel like I'm already way ahead of the average. Jana is good, too, but I miss the spring down the road from my great-aunt's house in WV. I'm water nostalgic AND a water snob. ;) I'm not too keen on LaCrx, but the San Pell in the small bottles is my go-to for all my sparkly needs. I make my own hibiscus syrup with just a touch of sweetener to spike it with, sometimes along with lime.

1
35deaf0f101526bb113ea69f79934f2b

(436)

on November 22, 2012
at 01:54 AM

I drink distilled water to avoid excess fluoride found in tap water and spring water.

0
32d059a467e99a4fc83201407a4a238d

on November 22, 2012
at 06:26 PM

Reverse osmosis water with trace minerals added back in is your best bet. Reverse osmosis removes virtually all impurities. Whole Foods has very affordable RO and distilled water machines. You just bring your own reusable containers and fill up. I think it's about 30 cents a gallon where I am. Also nice that you can avoid the horrible environmental damage and social injustices that come with bottled water.

What you really, really want to avoid is fluoride. Fluoride is a toxic waste product dumped into most of the US water municipalities because of bad science and powerful politics. See here (I quote the title verbatim): http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1603582878/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

Arguably, tap water has other comparable concerns, like chlorine/pesticides/lead/heavy metals/ prescription meds etc., but that's one that really irks the crap out of me. It's pure nonsense and water fluoridation must be put to a stop immediately.

0
3a9d5dde5212ccd34b860bb6ed07bbef

on November 22, 2012
at 06:24 PM

Table water is just any water that it is not straight from the tap. Most commonly, this just means any bottled water, and purity standards are not enforced.

My favorite "table water" is Perrier, which is sparkling. For bottled drinking water I am not too picky, really. I like Voss water because of the cool bottle.

0
366c23d69eadce094a2b22299c58a424

(2988)

on November 22, 2012
at 02:37 PM

It is not always necessary to avoid tap water. My town sends out a complete report on the water quality every year; yours might also make that information available -- it's worth checking.

I drink mostly tap water, but I do use a Pur filter just because it makes the water taste better, esp. for tea. I also drink a blend of Gerolsteiner & San Pellegrino sparkling mineral waters, because I like the taste & they have a number of minerals that are missing in my local tap water. There is a great website:

http://www.mineralwaters.org/

That lists the mineral content of most commonly available bottled mineral waters, and allows you to search by specific minerals.

I had never heard the term "table water", but found this definition at the Gerolsteiner website:

"Table water needn't be of natural origin. It is an artificial mixture of tap water and other ingredients such as saltwater or mineral water. Since table water is not bound to a specific spring it may be produced and bottled anywhere. It may also be sold in bulk – as in water for water dispensers. Unlike mineral water, it needs no official approval."

Answer Question


Get FREE instant access to our
Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!