The Great Mystery Revealed: Does Water Have a Taste?


What does water taste like? It’s a simple question, but a quick trip to Google tells me that everyone has a different idea of exactly what water tastes like. My search uncovered a wide range of responses from some of the internet’s top flavor detectives and included…

the expected:  “it tastes like water” and “it has no taste”

the more scientific: “the taste depends on what was dissolved in it”

the outright humorous: “Liquefied boring” and “Mundane in a glass”

and my personal favorite: “One Atom Hydrogen, Two Atoms Oxygen. Shaken Not Stirred”

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Obviously, there isn’t a clear consensus on what exactly water tastes like, but there is definitely a growing market for flavored water. In addition to bottles of flavored water like Aquafina’s Flavor Splash, many companies offer flavor packets that can be added to water anywhere you go to improve the taste. Kraft foods, the second largest food and Beverage Company in the world, recently launched their line of MiO flavor dispensers, hoping to break into what is now a billion dollar market for flavored water.

Floating-dollar-signDrinking water is the best way to stay hydrated and it should also be the cheapest, but when you add in the cost of adding flavor packets or buying fancy bottles with a hint of fruit flavoring it actually becomes more expensive than soda. Why are consumers paying more to add flavor to their water? The answer would seem to be that even though we aren’t really sure what water tastes like, we have decided that we don’t like the way water tastes.

This is primarily because most tap water is disinfected with chlorine, which adds an unpleasant taste and odor to the water, and often has dissolved minerals and organic material that can adversely affect the flavor of water. The unpleasant taste of tap water is one of the main reasons the bottled water industry grew so quickly and helps to explain the new fad for flavored water.

The easiest way to improve the quality of your tap water is by filtering out the chlorine and other contaminants that cause the poor taste. You would be amazed at how much better your tap water will taste with just a simple filter, like this GXULQ system from GE, installed under the kitchen sink.

Of course, variety is the spice of life and you may find you still want to add a little flavor to your water. Instead of spending a lot of hard earned cash on single-use packets why not try making your own flavored water. Adding a little mint or citrus is easy to do and is a fun way to enhance the flavor of filtered water.

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Once you have perfected your masterpiece, why not share your favorite flavor recipes with us on Facebook? We would love to hear what you do to make your water taste great!

FAQ: Is Bottled Water Safer than Tap Water?


Not at all!

 According to a report commissioned by Switzerland-based World Wildlife Fund International, "bottled water may be no safer or healthier than tap water, while selling for up to 1,000 times the price." 

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The Government Accounting Office says that bottled water isn't any safer than tap water and could actually be more dangerous.  The Consumerist notes that "tap water is covered by the Safe Water Drinking Act, administered by the aggressive and powerful Environmental Protection Agency, while bottled water falls under the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act overseen by the powerless anything-goes industry-lovers over at the Food and Drug Administration."

 

 

National Geographic notes that bottled water is a drain on the environment:  Bottled water money

  • The U.S. public goes through about 50 billion water bottles a year, and most of those plastic containers are not recycled.
  • Transporting the bottles and keeping them cold also burns fossil fuels, which give off greenhouse gases.

The plastic in water bottles may pose a health risk. According to the NRDC, "chemicals called phthalates, which are know to disrupt testosterone and other hormones, can leach into bottled water over time."

The Pacific Institute estimates that producing the plastic in water bottles requires more than 17 million barres of oil and produces more than 2.5 million tons of carbon dioxide. 

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So why do some people still insist on choosing bottled water? The number one answer is simply "taste" according to surveys conducted by the IBWA. Yet a simple water filter installed in your refrigerator, faucet, water line, or water pitcher drastically reduces the chorine and impurities that can give tap water an unpleasant taste.

 

 

 

Aren't you ready to give up the bottled water habit? 

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How an air filter saved the day


When I moved into my new apartment everything was going great. I got a good deal on the place and had all my stuff moved in and settled. Then my roommate moved in and things got bumpy. I have known my roommate since high school and we get along just fine, but when he moved in he started to wheeze and his allergies went crazy.

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Of the two of us I am usually the one who has trouble with pet allergies and the like, so we were at a loss to figure out what was causing the trouble. I wasn’t experiencing any allergy related problems at all and he was a mess. He went to his doctor to try and find out what the problem was, but was still not getting any better. When the doctor could not come up with a solution I offered to let my roommate borrow the small Filtrete air purifier that I use in my bedroom. Within a few days he was showing signs of improvement.

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Of course as soon as I realized how simple it was to solve his allergy problem I felt foolish for not suggesting it earlier. How did a simple air filter resolve his symptoms so quickly? When we moved my roommate into the apartment we stirred up a lot of dust and other allergens. By placing a single room air purifier in his bedroom we were able to filter out the allergens in the air that were causing him to wheeze.

Spring is a wonderful time of the year, but many people who suffer from allergy related symptoms know that it is also a very bad time of the year for allergies. This article at webmd offers some helpful tips to help you fight Spring allergies. Remember to change the filter in your AC unit and vents to help reduce the number of allergens floating around inside your home. Not all air filters are created equal! Cheaper furnace and air filters do not remove as many particles from the air. Air filters are rated with a Microparticle Performance Rating (or MPR). The higher the MPR on an air filter the more allergens and odor particles it can remove from the air. Currently the best air filters you can get for your home are the Filtrete Elite 2200 MPR air filters.