We know that it is important to drink water. Nature’s drink helps our bodies function optimally and may even stave off illness and weight gain. But which kind of water is best? With so many options available it can be tough to know which ones we should choose or even if it makes a difference. Here is what you need to know about three of the most common types.
What is it?
Good, old fashioned water from your kitchen sink or a water fountain.
One of the biggest benefits of tap water is price. It is free and freely available virtually everywhere. Pipes deliver this calorie free thirst quencher right to your home so no big muscles are needed to get it from your grocer to your pantry.
Taste can vary widely by region. These differences can be strong enough that some drinkers may prefer another option. Safety is not a concern. The FDA (Federal Drug Administration) regulates tap water for minimum standards that require the removal of contaminants above certain levels. Low levels of arsenic, zinc, copper, etc. may be present. The environment is a concern. Unlike bottled water tap water does not tax the environment with container production or disposal.
What is it?
Filtered water is water that has undergone some process to remove impurities. Methods include physical barriers, such as carbon or reverse osmosis filters that trap contaminants. Water can also be filtered using a chemical process. Both methods reduce the levels of dissolved solids in the water.
Filtered water is just as convenient as tap water. There are a variety of filters available that can be attached to your faucet or even a drinking cup or pitcher. All are relatively expensive and environmentally friendly.
Filters must be changed in a timely fashion for the biggest benefits.
What is it?
Mineral water is taken from mineral springs. As the name suggests, it contains minerals such as calcium, magnesium and sodium.
The primary benefit of mineral water is taste. Many drinkers purchase these products because they enjoy the variety in taste offered as well as the carry along convenience.
Despite the descriptive name, intake of minerals from mineral water is relatively small. Sodium is the exception. People with high blood pressure or who are pregnant or have other health concerns should monitor their intake of mineral water.
The bottom line
Any kind of water is better than sugary drinks or alcohol. These options are filled with calories and chemicals and should be enjoyed in moderation. Tap, filtered or mineral water? Of these kinds of water, filtered water is the best option for taste, cost, convenience and minimization of contaminants.