Thursday, July 26, 2012

Should you drink tap water, bottled water or filtered water? H20 Giveaway too



Today, I'm leaving on a jet plan (so, according to J Denver you're supposed to kiss me and smile for me). Carolyn brings you this post on water. You read about water, I'll be staring at turquoise water and understand you may no longer me "smiling for me".

 You’ve heard it a million times; tummy-rumbling hunger pangs are often thirst going incognito. And it’s true, a University of Washington study found that one glass of water put an end to late night hunger pangs for 100% of dieting participants.  Beyond satiety researchers have found that even being mildly dehydrated can cause a 3% drop in your metabolism.

For something that makes up ~70% of our bodies and 75% of our brains, water gets very little love. Instead, we waste it with 30 min showers (I’m guilty), pollute it and contaminate it with prescription drugs, birth control and antibiotics. Worst of all, we call water “boring”.

Compared to many other countries, our tap water is safe to drink. While your risk of getting dysentery is low, you may be guzzling down small doses of chemicals, carcinogens and even sex hormones - check out this EWG/NY Times project to find out what’s in your water. Freaky.

Water filters work to remove contaminants via carbon micro filters. They vary from your $15 Brita pitcher to fancy reverse osmosis systems. Reverse osmosis produces the cleanest water but also removes naturally occurring minerals. According to Consumer Reports, your “best buys” for filters are
Carafe: Clear20 ($15)
Faucet mounted: Culligan($15) or Pur ($30).
Reverse osmosis: Kinetico K5 ($1800… yikes)
We have Pur filters at home but love our office Ovopur (pictured above and not a snowman).


For on the go, Black + Blum has a new BPA-free water bottle plus filter. It comes with a stick of binchotan – an ancient Japanese charcoal that absorbs impurities while releasing minerals into water.  A WSJ article says “We binchotanized some New York tap water, and the difference in taste was drastic.”

Buying bottled water by the case isn’t necessarily the answer either; 49% of bottled waters are just tap water repackaged in bpa-leaching plastic bottles.  There are a few gems, one of our favorites is Mountain Valley Spring Water – glass bottles, no contaminants or leached chemicals, and it’s naturally more alkaline than most waters (pH = 7.8). Consuming alkaline foods and drinks benefits immunity, digestive issues and even your skin. MVSW has won best tasting water in the world  - and they are giving a reader the chance to try it - a combo case of still & sparkling.

To enter comment and tell us why you want to be entered and why water isn’t boring (show us your H20 love).
OR tweet “@Foodtrainers is giving away a case of @MtnValleyWater”
OR like Foodtrainers on Facebook. We’ll announce the winner Monday 7/30.
Are you a good hydrator? Do you drink bottled water? Filter your water? Ever think about what’s in your water?

42 comments:

  1. I'm lucky enough to live somewhere where the water is wonderful. I hate paying for water, but when I do on occasion, it does taste DELICIOUS! I especially love it nice and cold from the bottle (And sometimes fizzy!)

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  2. Water (carbonated or flat) are the only drinks in our house (except coffee of course!). I'll take boring over sugar and chemicals. I also like food too much to drink my calories (or toxins). I haven't tried mountain valley but will check it out. What's your take on carbonated? Any downside?

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  3. I'd love to try Mountain Valley Spring Water! I use the Brita at home but trying a new glass bottled water sounds good to me.

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  4. I think I'm a pretty good hydrator, although I know I can use reminding from time to time. I grew up in a household where water was the primary beverage, Alhough milk was served too, and ocassionally juice. My husband was not, so it drives me crazy when we go to a restaurant and he always has to order (read pay for a beverage). Of course, if it's wine or a martini, nothing wrong with that. When I do buy water it's sparkling Pelligrino (from Costco) or Ayalas sparkling herbal water for a special treat. The water of choice at home is filtered under the sink, but we gave up our RO filtration last year, since you need to waste a gallon of H2O to make a gallon of H2O. Big sigh...I'd love to try the Mtn Valley water, because I love water.

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  5. I have always been a big water drinker, but do slack off sometimes. It's easier in the summer when I am thirsty but have also found ways to make it more interesting.
    Summer, I have been adding lime and mint. It's my own virgin mojito. Winter, just add lemon to hot water.
    My problem is I drink so much liquid, that I need to know where all the restrooms are.
    I would love to try the MVSW. There really is a difference in how water tastes, and would love to try something voted the best tasting, and anything good for digestion would be wonderful.

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  6. I realized that when you get used to water, everything else tastes too sweet. We put lemon, cucumber, rasperries, or strawberries in our water to flavor it. If we make juice or iced tea we still dilute with a little filtered water. Getting the kids used to water from the start also makes things a lot more simple for meals, eating out etc.

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  7. We need water to live, but so many people drink other stuff (soda, energy drinks, sports drinks, etc) instead. But learning to appreciate the pure taste of pure water is a fine art—but everyone can do it. I filter my water, but I'm always unsure if the under-the-sink filter is filtering enough. I steer clear of plastic water bottles at all costs; it may not contain BPA but give it a couple of years and they'll find that those plastic bottles are leaching something else. Either filter your water to get rid of chemicals or drink glass-bottled water like Mountain Valley Water. Your body will be MUCH better off!

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  8. completely agree about bpa alternatives/suspicious about those and even the experts say "we're not sure if those are safe". I don't get why I still see so many people with the plastics.

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  9. Water only rule is a great one, I wish I'd instituted it sooner, now we have water/seltzer.

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  10. Those of us in the water club are bathroom dependent, the only downside to hydrating.

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  11. Ooh I'm ok paying for wine or a martini too but never anything else. Love ayalas waters too.

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  12. I think most things taste better in glass, maybe you'll get to see.

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  13. Carbonation itself is fine (doesn't cause cellulite ha but chemicals just may).

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  14. I just moved to a higher elevation and the difference in how much water I need to drink is unbelievable. I would love to win a case of this water to try! And please. Water is delish. Not boring at all, especially if it's sparking water!

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  15. water just quenches thirst like no other! i've been getting in to putting fresh fruit slices in my water and that makes it a bit different than the every day

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  16. i have been drinking 8 or more glasses of water for years. spend a lot of time in the ladies room. i will definitely try mountain valley spring water since it sounds terrific. i am not sure i want to carry around a glass bottle so i don't think it will become a habit. i can be a bit clumsy.

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  17. many reusable glass bottles (bkr, lifefactory) come with a sleeve so that cannot shatter. I think taste and ability to stay cold is far superior with glass. Of course, when trapped, I make exceptions.

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  18. agree lindsay, just had orange slices in water, nothing better.

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  19. Love the pro water messaging. How much would you say you need to increase consumption Erin?

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  20. As I become more in touch with my own body (older and wiser?) I'm learning to recognize the its needs better- and have found that the #1 thing it wants is cold water. I've felt so much better since (almost entirely) cutting soda from my diet. The alkaline properties of Mountain Valley Water is intriguing- would love to try it out!

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  21. I've always been a big water drinker, and I spend a lot of time in the bathroom, but sometimes I like to mix it up. I usually drink soda water on the airplane - because they give you a whole can instead of just a glass - and the extra lemon or lime makes me feel so fancy. Sometimes I'll do that at home too - when I WANT a cocktail but don't NEED one.

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  22. Sadly, I literally have no water-drinking options at work as my office is filled with plastic water bottles. This is particularly depressing as I work really hard to keep up my water intake as I'm one of those people who always forget to drink water! I've never tried Mountain Valley Spring Water, but it sounds amazing! For me, water is the perfect beverage. However, sometimes I'll add some mint or lavender to make it more exciting.

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  23. My husband is battling a rare cancer and water has been critically important in helping him to stay hydrated and his kidney detoxed and cleanse. I look for water with electrolytes and to alkalize as much as possible. Sometime even fresh juices are too much for his system. I often add mint from our garden or a slice of lemon, lime or orange to add some vitamin C.

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  24. I have been drinking Mountain Valley Spring Water for about 6 months now. It is the best water I have tried, (even better than Fiji water.) I love that is alkaline, bottled in glass and it comes from my home state of Arkansas. It is bottled straight from a pure spring source near Hot Springs, a town known for its spring water.

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  25. I didn't know Arkansas info, shame on me. Thanks Donna.

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  26. Sorry to hear about your husband Nancy. Fluid balance is so important for kidney function. I'm so happy to hear you're up on alkalinity etc. Stay strong. Curious if you've heard of Cycle for Survival which supports rare cancers, a cause near and dear to me.

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  27. love the idea of lavender, Ayala does an herbal with lavender and it's great. Maybe your workplace would "spring" for a case of Mountain Valley or a filter so you can refill a glass bottle?

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  28. I could make a case for needing a cocktail sometimes. I do love flavoring water though. I am not a can fan (also hate styrofoam tea cups on planes).

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  29. Great job cutting out (almost) soda, go for it 100%, you'll continue to feel great.

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  30. I'm intrigued ever since I saw a reference for the movie "The Sound of My Voice" starring Britt Marling. In almost all cases I'm immune to product placements in television and film. Maybe it was the movie's website that piqued my curiosity, but I found myself looking up Mountain Valley Spring Water on the web. Now I'm convinced, someday, somehow I've got to try it, not only to enjoy the claims of it's benefits, which are plentiful enough, but also the simple fact that my maternal grandmother was born in Arkansas with native blood in her bones. Thinking on a place my grandmother's line never returned to, but surely shaped them as true as any force, with names like "Red Bottom", "Foggy Bottom" and the like, the rich loam of the land that produces such wonders as I have never seen for myself, I can't wait to get me a case of them green bottles.

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  31. Our post poetic entry, I am sometimes a sucker for product placement have to admit.

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  32. Yes, I am a water drinker. I started drinking water while on a WW diet some years ago and stuck with it. And when I do have a cocktail, its scotch and water!!! I live in a small town in North Central Arkansas and the water is terrible. It has so much lime and calcium in it that it stops up a water filter!! So bottled water is for me and I love the idea of glass water bottles. Send me a free case!!!!

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  35. I was wondering why you didn't list Distilled water. It's going to be cheaper in the short term and the long term than a reverse osmosis machine and give you consistently a higher purity. If you have a balanced diet, the lack of inorganic minerals will not be a problem because our bodies absorb the organic minerals from our food better.

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  37. The minerals and other incidental ingredients of water are probably the most important thing, at least as far as flavor. Anything unnatural can give water a brackish or bitter flavor. People get used to what's available, but that's not to say it can't be improved on.

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  38. No more tap water for me and my family. Have decided to drink clean, quality water. We now have a filter to provide us what's best for our health. http://www.akqualitywater.com/drinking-water-systems.aspx

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  39. There is literally no way for pure water to leach minerals from your body. For that to happen, the solution around your cells would have top not have any potassium or sodium in it and considering your kidneys Big job is to make sure that that is in correct balance by adding those things, You don't have to worry about that. Distilled water is just stopping you from taking in a bunch of things you don't want.

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  40. You make some really good points in this article. I always new that our tap water was safer than in other countries. I didn't know that there was some much stuff still in the water thought. I think that I am am going to try to switch my family to drinking bottled water. At first i wasn't so sure about switching them since i would have to keep going to the store to buy more water. However I just found out that you can get bottled water delivered to your house. I am so going to try this.


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  41. Hey,I appreciate your writing.I have little bit to add.Some bottled water originates from sparkling springs and other perfect sources.Yet more than 25 percent of it originates from a municipal supply.The water is treated, purified and sold to us,regularly at a thousandfold increment in price.The vast majority are astonished to discover that they're drinking glorified tap water,however bottlers aren't obliged to rundown the source on the label.

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  42. That is actually impossible. It is true, that if you run distilled water through lead or copper pipes it will pull the lead or copper out and corrode the pipe. but you have to remember there is no such thing as distilled water inside your body. The water gets moved to surround your cells and your kidneys add sodium and potassium to the water to keep you in perfect balance so nothing can enter or leave the cells unless it needs to. Leeching is a geological term, not a biological term.

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