What is the best tasting bottled water?

Raul_SJ

G.O.A.T.
I can definitely taste a difference between tap water and bottled so I go with the tastier bottled water.

As far as bottled water, I have not sampled that many but I can usually taste the difference from those I have tried.

My favorite is the Refreshe Purified Drinking Water. Label says "Minerals added for taste" and that mineral enhancement must be why it tastes good to me. Tastes better than most of the expensive spring water I have tried.

About $3 for 24 bottles at Safeway.

 

ollinger

G.O.A.T.
@ollinger does bottled water have any merit?
people tend to think bottled waters are likely to be purer or safer but the opposite is more likely to be true. There've been concerns going back to 1990 when benzene was found in Perrier water to as recently as last month when articles appeared about plastic microfibers found in more than 90 percent of bottled waters that were tested, the health consequences not clear. There's likely far more surveillance of most municipal water supplies than you can count on to be in place for commercial waters.
 

sureshs

Bionic Poster
The industry is very powerful. They got the politicians in their pocket to once again allow bottled water sales on national parks so that people can litter them around. They have made it big by scaring people about tap water and there came along Flint to boost their cause.
 

mikeler

Moderator
Tap + filter if you like. Spend $ on tennis gear!!
Ollinger is spot on and Flint is the exception, not the rule. Utilities are highly regulated for water quality. Taste may be an issue where you live but that can usually be solved with the filter.
 

SystemicAnomaly

Talk Tennis Guru
I am very partial to the taste of Fiji water. Started buying it for its high Silica levels. Silica supposedly decreases levels of Aluminum and heavy metals in the brain. Not sure if any commercially available water filters will significantly reduce Al (or all heavy metals). TJ sells the large 1.5 liter bottles for a mere $1.99 USD.

Silica levels for Fiji is 93 mg/L. For Volvic water it’s 31.7 mg/L. For Evian water it’s 14 mg/L. Not seen silica levels listed for other bottled waters in this corner of the planet.

https://dailyhealthpost.com/silica-mineral-water-to-remove-aluminum/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2809081/

Possible down side of high levels of silica? Not sure that the levels found in these waters are high enough for concern. Silica levels of some foods are possibly higher — oats, millet, barley & potatoes. Of course, this depends on quantity/serving size and other factors.

Higher levels are usually associated with Horsetail, BioSil and other silica supplements. Those with kidney issues should look at silica levels closely. But, from what I’ve read elsewhere, kidney stones from excess silica intake is very rare in humans. Still, best to do your homework on this if kidney health is an issue.

https://www.livestrong.com/article/288425-side-effects-of-silica-supplements/
 
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SystemicAnomaly

Talk Tennis Guru
@Raul_SJ @mikeler

Santa Clara Valley tap water quality currently appears to superior to what is was back in the 1970s and ‘80s. My throat would frequently feel sore/irritated after drinking moderate to large amounts of tap water back then. When I switched to Evian and other bottled waters, I did not experience this throat irritation.

While SC Valley water quality now appears to be better than it once was, I will still use a Brita filter for the water I use to make ice cubes or for the water I use for making soup and other food prep. However for drinking water, I primarily consume Fiji water.

Note that the treatment for water in this area employs the use of aluminum sulfate in the process. This process can leave Al in our tap water. From what I’ve seen, these and other contaminant levels are below national levels and allowable levels for California but are still present. For the water from the Santa Teresa treatment plant, Al levels are a bit higher for treated water than for untreated water. For water from the Rinconada treatment plant, levels appear to be lower. Water from the Penitencia treatment plant was not tested for Al at all in the report below.

https://www.valleywater.org/sites/default/files/2018-01/2017_06 June Water Quality Report_0.pdf


Other information for SC Valley tap water (some levels shown are a bit unsettling):

https://www.ewg.org/tapwater/system.php?pws=CA4310027#.Ws4IMrxlCf2
https://www.valleywater.org/learning-center/the-water-treatment-process
 
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RogueFLIP

Professional
Thanks for the info SystemicA.....another only Fiji water drinker here as well, although I never did any research into it. Hit upon it while hiking in Sedona, AZ many years ago. Basically did a taste test with different waters and fell in love with the Fiji. Also loved the local spring water there too, but alas they don't have that where I live.

HA! Also stock up on the Fiji in Trader Joe's.....you can't beat that price for sure. I've seen some gas stations sell the 1.5 liter for >$5 :mad:.

Been buying the cases of 700ml size at Target too....the 1.5 liter doesn't fit well in my cup holder. ;)
 

Simon_the_furry

Hall of Fame
Dasani is my favorite. It has a distinctive flavor to it I like quite a lot.
The fancier water I don't care for.
 
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Raul_SJ

G.O.A.T.
Dasani is my favorite. It has a distinctive flavor to it I like quite a lot.
The fancier water I don't care for.
I have no safety concerns about tap water; just don't like the taste. Most spring waters I've tried were not worth the price and not any better tasting than the cheap Refreshe in the OP.

One spring water I've had was extremely tasty. Can't remember the brand. Think it was from some Scandanavian country. If I were wealthy I'd be drinking that brand all the time.

But I am happy with Refreshe. Can get it on sale at Safeway. 24 bottles for 99 cents.

 
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Raul_SJ

G.O.A.T.
@ollinger does urotherapy have any merit?

What is urotherapy?

Urotherapy is the latest buzz-word among the self-styled health elites. Just type it into Google and see how many blogs, videos and endorsements appear. And it’s not just celebrities like Madonna who revel in the joys of a number one (she wards off athlete’s foot by peeing on her feet in the shower), or indeed Kesha (who, frankly, can’t be trusted as an expert on anything except how to expose one’s nether regions on the web). Boxer Juan Manuel Márquez urinates straight after his fights – and then drinks the entire thing. Likewise, baseball player Moisés Alou says that he pees on his hands to maintain their game-worthy condition. Even winner of the Alternative Nobel Peace Prize and notable holy man Swami Agnivesh is
 a seasoned urotherapy fan. My thoughts? There has to be something in this madness. (Or at least I hope there is.)

There isn’t a straightforward scientific answer, though. When it comes to ingesting your own urine, there are resolutely no studies proving its efficacy. ‘It’s a bizarre concept,’ says Mr Zaki Almallah, consultant urologist at BMI Priory Hospital in Birmingham. ‘The kidneys filter the blood and any excess fluid, and salts and minerals are expelled. The point of urination is to rid the body of excess. Why would you want to re-absorb that?’ he asks, pertinently. ‘The only time it’s medically recommended to ingest urine is if you’re stranded without food or water for many days.’


So why are people putting themselves through this drinkable cruelty? Well, the so-called ‘golden elixir’ is said to be ‘biodynamically available’. That means it’s been through your system once, so it’s easy to reabsorb again without expending energy to do so. The theory? You get
 a big hit of vitamins and minerals that you’ve already refined and processed.
In essence, it’s like a multi-vit, on crack.

What about toxicity?
The big question, though, looms like
a low-flying seagull. Isn’t wee toxic? ‘Urine is approximately 95 per cent water and 5 per cent nutrients like calcium, iron, magnesium and zinc,’ explains Shona Wilkinson, head nutritionist at NutriCentre. In fact, far from being toxic, urine is filtered twice – once by the liver and again by the kidneys. Anything toxic leaves our bodies via faeces, which is why urine is sterile. That’s why the ancient Aztecs used it to disinfect wounds, and why it’s used in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicines. Grim it might be, and hard to collect, too (I did wee on my hands several times as I wielded a plastic cup to catch the waterfall), but toxic it is not.


After my week of urotherapy – drinking two to three cups a day – I felt nothing. Truthfully, I really wanted it to work and for there to be some discernable benefits to drinking my own wizzle. After all, when doing my research I watched an hour-long documentary about Dr Ryoichi Nakao, a seemingly 170-year-old doctor who credited urotherapy with ridding him of gonorrhea. He looked very well-preserved and sprightly – and I wanted in. And while I don’t have any STDs to cure, I did have a fervent cold. After a week? It was still bloody there and I still looked like a festering zombie. Maybe I should have left my urine to ferment for two weeks before sipping it, as one YouTube urotherapy devotee recommended? Then again, maybe not. Even I have my gross limits – and fermented **** is it.

In the end, life is about choices – and after a week of swilling my own tinkle,
 I chose not to carry on drinking any more of it. I know it’s not toxic, but I also know
 that I didn’t see enough benefits to keep doing it. But I can see why you would try it: if your health was persistently under par, or if you were suffering from a serious illness. In those situations, you give everything
a shot to see if it will help. But what’s true is that I also didn’t want to end up like one urotherapy fan whose videos I became obsessed with. She seemed, inexplicably, to be high on her own pee. ‘Drinking my own urine has made me so honest and truthful,’ she slurs into the camera. Truthfully, I think she’s been the most terrifying part of this whole experiment, and part of the reason that no wee shall ever touch these lips again.
 Urine is most definitely off the menu.​

 
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r2473

Talk Tennis Guru
@ollinger does urotherapy have any merit?

What is urotherapy?

Urotherapy is the latest buzz-word among the self-styled health elites. Just type it into Google and see how many blogs, videos and endorsements appear. And it’s not just celebrities like Madonna who revel in the joys of a number one (she wards off athlete’s foot by peeing on her feet in the shower),​
I'd be happy to urinate on you sureshs. After all, what are friends for?
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
I am very partial to the taste of Fiji water. Started buying it for its high Silica levels. Silica supposedly decreases levels of Aluminum and heavy metals in the brain. Not sure if any commercially available water filters will significantly reduce Al (or all heavy metals). TJ sells the large 1.5 liter bottles for a mere $1.99 USD.

Silica levels for Fiji is 93 mg/L. For Volvic water it’s 31.7 mg/L. For Evian water it’s 14 mg/L. Not seen silica levels listed for other bottled waters in this corner of the planet.

https://dailyhealthpost.com/silica-mineral-water-to-remove-aluminum/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2809081/

Possible down side of high levels of silica? Not sure that the levels found in these waters are high enough for concern. Silica levels of some foods are possibly higher — oats, millet, barley & potatoes. Of course, this depends on quantity/serving size and other factors.

Higher levels are usually associated with Horsetail, BioSil and other silica supplements. Those with kidney issues should look at silica levels closely. But, from what I’ve read elsewhere, kidney stones from excess silica intake is very rare in humans. Still, best to do your homework on this if kidney health is an issue.

https://www.livestrong.com/article/288425-side-effects-of-silica-supplements/
So you have a taste for arsenic? Fiji water has more of that poison than Cleveland municipal drinking water.

Best option for me to rid my drinking water of the hard taste from Florida aquifers is the Zero Water filter system. Better than Brita or Pur. I occasionally buy bottled water if on sale and when I drink a top end (Evian) vs my Zero Water filtered supply the ZW is every bit as tasty if not better.
 

QuadCam

Professional
Fiji or Evian are always my first choices.

Aquafina, zephyrhills, or Nestle are all good seconds for me.

Dasani is disgusting! I'd rather drink tap water.
 

SystemicAnomaly

Talk Tennis Guru
So you have a taste for arsenic? Fiji water has more of that poison than Cleveland municipal drinking water...
Sour grapes from Cleveland? Let’s take a closer look.

Seems that the city did not take kindly to the 2006 Fiji Water ad campaign, “The label says Fiji because it’s not bottled in Cleveland”. Tests by the Cleveland Water Dept claimed 6.3 micrograms of arsenic (As) per LITER for Fiji water. (Would a liter of water be considered 4 servings)? Subsequent tests in 2014/2015, put the As levels in Fiji water at a mere 1.2 micrograms per liter. FDA allows for 10 micrograms per liter.

To put this in perspective, As levels in brown rice has been measured by the FDA at 7 micrograms per serving. Consumer Reports had reported relatively high levels of As in brown rice back in 2012 and 2014.

https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine/2015/01/how-much-arsenic-is-in-your-rice/index.htm

https://www.organics.org/arsenic-in-brown-rice-everything-you-need-to-know/
 
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stringertom

Bionic Poster
Sour grapes from Cleveland? Let’s take a closer look. Tests by the Cleveland Water Dept claimed 6.3 micrograms of arsenic (As) per LITER for Fiji water. Subsequent tests in 2014/2015, put the As levels in Fiji water at 1.2 micrograms per liter. FDA allows for 10 micrograms per liter.

To put this in perspective, As levels in brown rice has been measured by the FDA at 7 micrograms per serving. Consumer Reports had reported relatively high levels of As in brown rice back in 2012.

https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine/2015/01/how-much-arsenic-is-in-your-rice/index.htm

https://www.organics.org/arsenic-in-brown-rice-everything-you-need-to-know/
As King LBJ would say, backed up by Jim Brown and Drew Carey, "Don't mess with Cleveland!"

Try the Zero Water, which takes all the sh11t out, and you might never buy another bottle of Fiji and you will help rid the world of out of control plastic bottle usage.
 

SystemicAnomaly

Talk Tennis Guru
...

Try the Zero Water, which takes all the sh11t out, and you might never buy another bottle of Fiji and you will help rid the world of out of control plastic bottle usage.
Tempted to try it. However, it seems that not everyone is a fan of the taste of ZeroWater. Had heard complaints of off-tastes when the ZW filter is near end of life. But some are complaining about the taste with new filters. It could very well be that taste differences occur due to the content of the original tap water that is being filtered.

https://www.facebook.com/pg/ZeroWater/reviews/
 

SystemicAnomaly

Talk Tennis Guru
@snvplayer @QuadCam
Dasani is my favorite. It has a distinctive flavor to it I like quite a lot.
The fancier water I don't care for.
I’ve tried Dasani a few times. Tasted ok but, for my palate, not really outstanding.

The taste of Dasani could very well depend on the source of the original water as well as the palate of the drinker. Dasani starts out as local municipal tap water. Undoubtedly from a variety of different sources. Coca-Cola takes a local tap water, filters it and then adds some trace minerals. Dasani is their answer to PepsiCo’s AquaFina. Could be that not all Dasani tastes the same.
 

Simon_the_furry

Hall of Fame
@snvplayer @QuadCam


I’ve tried Dasani a few times. Tasted ok but, for my palate, not really outstanding.

The taste of Dasani could very well depend on the source of the original water as well as the palate of the drinker. Dasani starts out as local municipal tap water. Undoubtedly from a variety of different sources. Coca-Cola takes a local tap water, filters it and then adds some trace minerals. Dasani is their answer to PepsiCo’s AquaFina. Could be that not all Dasani tastes the same.
Well, in central Florida, Dasani has a kind of pong to it I like. I've always remembered Dasani bottles having the same pong no matter where I purchase them.
 

ollinger

G.O.A.T.
ollinger does urotherapy have any merit?
have heard nothing to recommend it, though Haitian patients tell me it's not so rare in rural Haiti to drink a small amount of one's own urine to treat indigestion, which sounds not unreasonable as there's bicarbonate excreted in urine. Would not make a regular habit of it though
 

SystemicAnomaly

Talk Tennis Guru
Well, in central Florida, Dasani has a kind of pong to it I like. I've always remembered Dasani bottles having the same pong no matter where I purchase them.
Don’t know this PONG of which you speak. But then everybody’s taste buds are a bit different. For instance, some people report a metallic taste whenever they eat cilantro. My dad could never stand the taste of the stuff whereas I love it.

As for variation in taste, might not matter so much where you bought it as it does where the original tap water used came from.
 
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TennisDawg

Hall of Fame
No discernible difference in taste of bottled water. I’m fine with tap water in my home. Price of bottled water is outrageous. It’s a gimic in my opinion, just like coworkers that only drink from a 10 to 20 gallon jug of water with monthly dues. If it makes them happy that’s fine not costing me a dime.
 
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Simon_the_furry

Hall of Fame
Don’t know this part of which you speak. But then everybody’s taste buds are a bit different. For instance, some people report a metallic taste whenever they eat cilantro. My dad could never stand the taste of the stuff whereas I love it.

As for variation in taste, might not matter so much where you bought it as it does where the original tap water used came from.
Yeah, you're right.
 

ollinger

G.O.A.T.
Natural Resources Defense Council points out that about 25 percent of bottled waters sold, including some well known brands, ARE from municipal water sources, and they suggest there are reasons to be wary of many bottled waters. A real rip-off scam.
 

max

Legend
Fun question. About ten years ago, my wife set up a fun little "water tasting" party for the family. We had a dozen or so different bottled waters. People sampled from unmarked cups, etc.

The winner was a German make. . . and I liked the Fiji stuff.

Some of this can be flat, tepid or even nasty, like a kind of medicine.
 

movdqa

Talk Tennis Guru
I used to think Poland Spring water tasted good. I haven't bought any in awhile now though.
Poland Spring used to be a favorite of mine and they used a protected spring but Nestle bought them and now they use a bunch of sources for their water. I won't go out of my way to buy it.

I do like Dasani but it's just filtered water.

Most of my water is just filtered tap water. I got to Thermoflask 40 ounce vacuum bottles and I drink my water out of those things. You can fill it with ice cubes and water and there will still be a few ice cubes in it a day later. I prefer stainless steel to plastic bottles to hold water. I like the taste of water in a glass bottle but a glass bottle is often inconvenient because there's the potential for breakage (not great if it happens in the gym or on the tennis court), and the temperature is transmitted to your hand and it doesn't preserve the temperature of the water or drink well. Vacuum bottles are great for that but they are space inefficient but it's what I'm using now. Costco had a sale, two for $20 recently. They're $40 each at Whole Foods.
 

movdqa

Talk Tennis Guru
Natural Resources Defense Council points out that about 25 percent of bottled waters sold, including some well known brands, ARE from municipal water sources, and they suggest there are reasons to be wary of many bottled waters. A real rip-off scam.
Some of our town wells were contaminated by a company and they've been taken off line. Our municipal water is well below the EPA limit but still higher than I'd like so we use filtered water. Some parts of town were ten times the EPA limits. The company has provided bottled water for homes near their plant and are in the process of paying for hooking people up to municipal water. They will also be upgrading the municipal water plants with filtration and they will pay for the filters for five years. I imagine this is going to cost them $10s of millions. This has been done in many other towns in New England but this sort of thing goes on around the world.
 

eelhc

Hall of Fame
I'm not a big fan of bottled water for many reasons but I do understand that in some places, the water while safe, may just plain taste offensive... If you happen to live in such a place, I can see why bottled or delivered drinking/cooking water is preferred.

If the cost of the "water from air" products can be brought down, it may make sense to install one of these in most homes for drinking water.

https://www.zeromasswater.com
http://water-gen.com/
 
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