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Thirsty? Here's The Best Bottled Water to Drink for Health, Plus Important Facts About Water

 

What are the benefits of water? What's the best spring water and the top mineral water? What's the best bottled water to drink for health? If you've got lots of water questions, you're in luck because here are answers to all your burning questions about hydration facts, the healthiest water bottle, what the heck dissolved solids are, the truth about bottled water brand names, and more.

I've recently become obsessed with water. Yes, water is the stuff of life and our bodies are made up of about 60% water, so it's something to love. But there are more reasons to love water—specifically spring and mineral water. In a recent article for Food Network, I wrote about how these waters can amazingly contain more calcium than milk. The reason? Spring and mineral waters contain minerals from the earth. Drink that water, and your body can also get a crazy awesome amount of nutrients. Yup, it's that easy.

In a moment, I'm going to share with you a whole bunch of waters that are rich in minerals and that I suggest you try. But for now, I want to tell you how spring and mineral waters piqued my interest in the first place.

 

Curious about mineral water, spring water & bottled water? Learn about minerals in water, why purified water isn't always the best, and what you should know about total dissolved solids (aka TDS of water). #water #waterbenefits #bottledwater #waterfacts
Photo credit: Demi Ward

 

Why I Want to Try the Best Spring Water I Can Get My Hands On

 

My water obsession began with a water tasting dinner that I attended. Yes, you read that right! The water tasting was complete with food pairings put together by water sommelier Martin Riese. My world was seriously rocked when Riese explained that water that comes from subterranean earth sources or deep subterranean reservoirs boast minerals.

 

Minerals and other substances (including bicarbonate) in spring water are measured by total dissolved solids in water, or TDS. Most spring water tends to be higher in TDS. Purified water, on the other hand, has most of these dissolved solids filtered out. 

 

A TDS level affects more than the nutritional gain you'll get from drinking a glass of H20. It can also affect the taste of the water you're drinking. "The TDS level in water can be a huge factor in differentiating taste profiles in water," says Riese. "Just like pairing a wine with certain dishes, you can do the same with water by finding a brand that resonates well with your taste palate or meal."

 

And waters can be naturally sparkling, too, which leads to a really unique beverage, one typically with a higher TDS level. "Naturally sparkling waters have been infused by nature, meaning the elements already have been acquainted with each other and so the carbonation tends to stay in the water longer," notes Riese. He explains that naturally carbonated water with strong bubbles usually comes from areas of the world with a history of strong volcanic activity. "Carbonic acid from the source originates deep within the earth," he explains. "Cooled magma of volcanic mass releases carbonic acid, which then permeates the natural mineral water."

 

Curious about mineral water, spring water & bottled water? Learn about minerals in water, why purified water isn't always the best, and what you should know about total dissolved solids (aka TDS of water). #water #waterbenefits #bottledwater #waterfacts
Photo credit: Demi Ward

 

The Best Bottled Water to Drink for Health

  

At the water tasting, which was hosted by FIJI Water (Riese is a consultant with FIJI), we tried five vastly different waters. They included FIJI (with a subtly sweet taste), Vichy Catalan (a naturally carbonated water), Iskilde (with an earthy taste), Hildon (with a well-balances taste), and Roi (a rare, high-mineral water).

 

So which is the best bottled water to drink for health? It might just be Roi, which comes from Slovenia and contains an extraordinary amount of both calcium and magnesium. While most other bottled waters are fairly affordable, Roi costs a mighty $50 or so. So if we're going by price and mineral content, it might really be the best drinking water in the world! However, It is extremely difficult to get your hands on a bottle of this water. So if you want to try a high-calcium water, I suggest buying some bottles of Gerolsteiner Sprudel, which come from Germany. I just ordered a case of this water for my fiancé and I to enjoy!

 

When I got home, I was curious about how other waters compare, and I got samples of several bottled water name brands, including many glass bottled water brands. Here are the waters I tried, and you can see their mineral breakdowns and dissolved solids per liter, below. Order a selection of bottles and host a water tasting in your own home!

 

I'm headed to Germany and Hungary in a couple of weeks, and I'm so excited to try the local mineral waters there!

 

Aqua Panna (Florence, Italy)

TDS: 150 mg

Calcium: 32 mg

Chloride: 7.3 mg

Magnesium: 6.4 mg

Sodium: 6.9 mg

 

Contrex (Contrexéville, France)

TDS: 2,078 mg

Calcium: 468 mg

Chloride: 10 mg

Magnesium: 74.5 mg

Potassium: 3.2 mg

Sodium: 9.4 mg

 

Evian (Evian-Les-Bains, France)

TDS: 340 mg

Calcium: 83 mg

Chloride: 10 mg

Magnesium: 27 mg

Potassium: 1.1 mg

Sodium: .2 mg

 

FIJI Water (Yaquara Valley, Viti Levu, Fiji Islands)

TDS: 224 mg

Calcium: 18 mg

Chloride: 9.2 mg

Fluoride: .23 mg

Magnesium: 14 mg

Potassium: 4.9 mg

Silica: 92 mg

Sodium: 18 mg

 

Gerolsteiner Sprudel (Volcanic Eifel, Germany)

TDS: 2,500 mg

Calcium: 345 mg

Chloride: 40 mg

Magnesium: 100 mg

Potassium: 10 mg

Sodium: 115 mg

 

Hildon Delightfully Still (Broughton, Hants, England)

TDS: 332 mg

Calcium: 98.5 mg

Chloride: 14.4 mg

Magnesium: 1.62 mg

Sodium: 7 mg

 

Iskilde (Moss, Denmark)

TDS: 430 mg

Calcium: 66.5 mg

Magnesium: 7.09 mg

Potassium: 2.81 mg

Sodium: 71.5 mg

 

JUST Water (Glens Falls, New York)

TDS: 72 mg

Calcium: 16 mg

Chloride: 1 mg

Fluoride: .21

Magnesium: 3.8 mg

Sodium: 3.2 mg

 

Poland Spring (multiple sources, Maine)

TDS: 34-70 mg

Calcium: 4.4-7.9 mg

Chloride: 0-19 mg

Fluoride: 0-.15 mg

Magnesium: .77-1.5 mg

Sodium: 1.9-9.8 mg

 

Roi Water (Rogaška Slatina, Slovenia)

TDS: 7,400 mg

Calcium: 510 mg

Chloride: 80 mg

Magnesium: 1,100 mg

Sodium: 1,700 mg

 

San Pellegrino (Bergamo, Italy)

TDS: 880 mg

Calcium: 150 mg

Chloride: 51 mg

Fluoride: .47 mg       

Magnesium: 42 mg

Potassium: 2.1 mg

Sodium: 29 mg

 

Vichy Catalan (Catalonia, Spain)

TDS: 2,900 mg

Calcium: 14 mg

Chloride: 680 mg

Magnesium: 6 mg

Potassium: 44 mg

Silica: 15 mg

Sodium: 1,100 mg

 

Voss Still (Vatnestrøm, Norway)

TDS: 44 mg

Calcium: 3 mg

Chloride: 5 mg

Fluoride: .1 mg

Sodium: 4 mg

 

Zephyrhills (multiple sources, Florida)

TDS: 220-250 mg

Calcium: 64-67 mg

Chloride: 15-16 mg

Fluoride: 0-.11

Magnesium: 4.3-4.7 mg

Sodium: 8.1-8.7 mg

  

Curious about mineral water, spring water & bottled water? Learn about minerals in water, why purified water isn't always the best, and what you should know about total dissolved solids (aka TDS of water). #water #waterbenefits #bottledwater #waterfacts

 

All About Water Tastings, Including the All-Important Wine Glass!

 

Want to host your own water tasting? I did this when we recently had family friends visiting, and it was so much fun! Use these pointers:

 

Buy a few starkly different bottles. 

Use the list above to choose four to five bottles of water to feature at your water tasting. When I hosted my water tasting, I included Voss Still, which has a very low TDS and has a very different mouth feel to the other waters. I'd recommend also choosing a sweeter water, such as FIJI Water, as well as one that's naturally sparkling (like Vichy Catalan), one that's well balanced (such as Hildon Delightfully Still), and one with a high calcium level like Gerolsteiner Sprudel.

 

Invite a small group of friends.

"Hosting a food and water pairing at home with friends and family can be a great way to discover what your specific palate prefers while giving people something to think about that they may not have before," says Riese. "You can elevate the taste of your meals by pairing foods with the appropriate waters."

 

Serve water at room temperature.

"Remember not to chill or ice the water as to not change the taste, and leave the lemons out of this experiment," instructs Riese.

 

Pour water into wine glasses.

"I prefer to do tastings out of wine glasses, but it’s totally up to you on how you prefer to execute the tasting," says Riese. Then as you would with wine, pay attention to the taste and mouth feel of the water.

 

Curious about mineral water, spring water & bottled water? Learn about minerals in water, why purified water isn't always the best, and what you should know about total dissolved solids (aka TDS of water). #water #waterbenefits #bottledwater #waterfacts