4 Surprising Secrets About Bottled Water

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Bottled-Water Secret #1: It doesn't taste any better
In a 2010 study published in the Journal of Sensory Studies, researchers asked people to rate the taste of six bottled mineral ... more 
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Bottled-Water Secret #1: It doesn't taste any better
In a 2010 study published in the Journal of Sensory Studies, researchers asked people to rate the taste of six bottled mineral waters and six types of tap water. They found that, overall, bottled water didn't perform any better than the stuff from the tap. The reason: It's mineral concentration, not "water purity," that influences flavor. The study's participants preferred water with medium mineralization, which they described as "tasteless" and "cooler," but whether it came from a bottle or the tap made little difference. What is clear: By filling your belly, drinking water before meals can help you lose a ton of weight. less 
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Tue, May 1, 2012 3:14 AM EDT
If you think you're drinking smarter by sipping from a water bottle, you may be mistaken.

Think Before You Drink

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Of course you aren't. But the AirFlow 3000 pitch is essentially the same pitch water bottlers are making right now. The difference is they're not so straightforward about their wares. They're not selling water, they're selling "mineral" and "spring" water. And we're buying. The average American chugs nearly 30 gallons of bottled water a year, making it the second-most consumed commercial beverage in the United States. (Sadly, soda is the first.) But, as it turns out, bottled water is no more pure than the federally regulated-and virtually free-H2O that comes out of the tap.

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Below, I shed some light on what's really going on behind the fancy names and pristine labels of your favorite bottled water brands. It's time to rethink your relationship with water.

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