The Difference Between Mineral Water And Regular Water

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Plenty of bottled water products on the market today are called mineral water, but have you ever wondered what the exact difference is between these options and the standard filtered water you drink from your kitchen? Us, too. After all, normal drinking water does have minerals in it, too.

According to the Food and Drug Administration, mineral water contains at least 250 parts per million (ppm) of “total dissolved solids,” which are minerals that originate from geologically and physically protected underground water sources. In layman’s terms, the water comes out of the earth already containing this higher concentration of minerals. Common mineral waters contain things like magnesium, calcium, sodium and zinc — and in high enough quantities to benefit your health.

A 2017 research study found that, source permitting, mineral water can be a good source of calcium that actually rivals dairy products because it’s more bioavailable (easily absorbed) in water. What’s more, the naturally-occurring magnesium sulphate, sodium sulphate, bicarbonate and chloride compounds in mineral water can also promote healthy digestion. Unless you struggle with a sodium-related health issue like high blood sugar, including mineral water in your weekly hydration routine is probably a good idea.

With that said, mineral water is definitely on the pricier side, so it’s not always the most economical way to get these minerals your body needs for optimal function. We usually snag these same nutrients by upping the quantity and quality of produce in our diets because we can derive healthy, caloric fuel from them at the same time. Then we can drink our usual filtered water without a second thought.

Additionally, if you opt for sparkling over flat water, you run the risk of reducing the total amount of water you’re drinking because fizzy drinks tend to alter your perception of how thirsty you are — and not for the better. That means that, ultimately, you could end up more dehydrated than you’d like. So if you’re into it, opt for mineral water sans bubbles.

Lastly, because mineral water has to be transported somehow from its point of origin to your hand, it’s usually bottled and not always in glass containers. So if you want to be a friend to the environment, limit your mineral water intake for the sake of bottle consumption and recycle whenever you can.

There you have it — mineral water has way more minerals than your regular water, but in a good way. If you’re a budget- and environmentally-conscious shopper, you probably don’t want to switch to drinking bottled mineral water 24/7, but it’s certainly a healthy addition to your diet if you want to give it a try.

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