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#1 Funwith3

Posted 08 November 2012 - 10:15 AM

What's best/better/worse?

Is tap water better for you than plain mineral water? Or are they much the same? Does plain mineral water go towards your count for 8 glasses a day?

Or am I delusional? Is there anything "no good" in plain mineral water? unsure.gif

#2 YandiGirl

Posted 08 November 2012 - 10:31 AM

There's a tiny bit of sodium in it, but that's about it really. I prefer 'bubbles' than flat water, so I drink it most of the time.

#3 Liv_FERAL_sh

Posted 08 November 2012 - 10:34 AM

I think some people are of the opinion that bottled mineral water is better. For the environmental impact alone I think bottled water is the root of everything that is wrong with our society!

Tap water is fine.

#4 N@K

Posted 08 November 2012 - 10:39 AM

Any water you drink goes towards the "8 glasses" thing, regardless of tap, bottle, mineral etc.

It's the minerals in the mineral water that make it better / worse than tap water.
I only say "worse" as some people who drink HEAPS of mineral water with VERY high mineral content can take on too many minerals and can cause kidney problems. I've only heard of this very randomly, so not a regular occurrence from what I understand.

I'm with YandiGirl and prefer sparkling mineral water and love the Mt Franklin one which is just Mt Franklin with bubbles, so doesn't have the high mineral content like other mineral waters. (Which is purely a flavour thing for me, I am not a fan of the taste of the more minerally waters  biggrin.gif )

#5 gabbigirl

Posted 08 November 2012 - 10:39 AM

Tap water is absolutely fine, the bottled water companies have done a great marketing job.  Oh, and btw 8 glasses a day is a myth...I've read it in a few places but here,s one link.

http://www.theage.com.au/lifestyle/diet-an...0606-1zux3.html

#6 FeralLIfeHacker

Posted 08 November 2012 - 10:46 AM

QUOTE (gabbigirl @ 08/11/2012, 11:39 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Tap water is absolutely fine, the bottled water companies have done a great marketing job.  Oh, and btw 8 glasses a day is a myth...I've read it in a few places but here,s one link.

http://www.theage.com.au/lifestyle/diet-an...0606-1zux3.html


agree, majority of my family have been drinking plain tap water for years and all lived a long healthy life!

8 glasses is overkill according to my doctors.

#7 FeralBob!

Posted 08 November 2012 - 10:48 AM

gabbigirl is on the money there  original.gif There is no need generally for bottled water, although there are some places (London springs to mind) where the tap water tastes vile, so  people drink bottled water more.

#8 Chaos in stereo

Posted 08 November 2012 - 10:53 AM

Isn't there also the issue of fluoridation in the water to consider? ie: if you only drink bottled water you are missing the (good) mineralisation that comes from tap water, and potential dental issues later?

#9 PurpleNess

Posted 08 November 2012 - 11:04 AM

Bottled still water is the biggest marketing success/brainwashing idea of the 21st century. Totally unnecessary & destroying our environment.

As for the content Mineral water does have sodium & other minerals in it so I wouldn't be drinking lots of it, tap water is fine.

If you wanted filtered water at home, invest in a filter tap :-)

#10 SeaPrincess

Posted 08 November 2012 - 11:55 AM

The water where we live (metro Perth) sometimes tastes awful, so we filter it all the time, and we have a soda stream to add bubbles to the filtered water (we don't even buy flavours, just bubbles).

Even when we lived in a remote area with untreated tap water, we just filtered it.  We went through a lot more filters though!

R

#11 Funwith3

Posted 08 November 2012 - 05:35 PM

I really just feel quite a lot posher when I drink "sparkling water" as the waiters like to call it. So I was hoping it counts as GOOD water  biggrin.gif

#12 Perlissima_8

Posted 08 November 2012 - 05:41 PM

QUOTE (Livsh @ 08/11/2012, 10:34 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I think some people are of the opinion that bottled mineral water is better. For the environmental impact alone I think bottled water is the root of everything that is wrong with our society!

Tap water is fine.



I can't agree more Livsh. Well said.

#13 Perlissima_8

Posted 08 November 2012 - 05:41 PM

QUOTE (Livsh @ 08/11/2012, 10:34 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I think some people are of the opinion that bottled mineral water is better. For the environmental impact alone I think bottled water is the root of everything that is wrong with our society!

Tap water is fine.



I can't agree more Livsh. Well said.




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