Is Your Bottled Water Doing More Harm than Good?

Do you drink bottled water?  According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, more than half of all Americans drink bottled water and about a third of the public consumes it regularly.  Bottled water sales have tripled in the past 10 years, to about $4 billion a year.

 

It’s apparent that as Americans, we like our bottled water.  Here’s something to consider before you purchase that next bottle: you guessed it, the pH.  While pure water has a neutral pH of 7, many brands are surprisingly acidic, especially those produced by the soda companies.  Some brands of bottled water have a pH as low as 4 (the same as tomato juice or beer!).  If you are looking for bottled water with a neutral or elevated pH, Fiji and Evamore (among others) are good picks.

 

Rather than trying to memorize the pH of all the different bottled water brands, my recommendation is to drink more tap water as it tends to have a more neutral pH and it’s also much less expensive.  Rinsing with water that has a pH of 7 or higher after mealtime can help reduce your risk for cavities.  A little change like this will have your teeth and your wallet thanking you! Below is a list of common water and their pH. Please note: CariFree did not do the pH testing of these products.  Source

 

Acid levels (+ or – 10%) Low = BAD, 7.0 = neutral, over 7.0 = Good

 

Alkalized Ionized water: 9.5 to 11.5

Tap Water: 7.00 (neutral)

Penta Water: 4.0

Distilled Water: 4.0

Purified Water: 4.0

Aquafina (made by Pepsi): 4.0

Dasani (made by Coke): 4.0

Glaceau Fruit Water: 4.0

Le Blue Water: 4.0

Metro Mint Water: 4.0

Pellegrino: 4.0

Perrier: 4.0

Smart Water: 4.0

Vitamin Water: 4.0

Reverse Osmosis Water and Purified water: 4.5 – 6.0 (depending on source)

Ice Age Glacial Water: 4.5

Appalachian Springs Water: 5.0

Poland Springs Water: 5.0

Pure American Water: 5.5

Dannon Spring Water: 5.5

Arrowhead Water: 7.0

Crystal Geyser Water: 7.0

Deep Park Water: 7.0

Eldorado Springs Water: 7.0

Supermarket Spring Water: 7.0

Biota water: 7.5

Fiji Water: 7.5

Whole Foods 365 Water: 7.5

Zephyrhills Water: 7.5

Eden Springs Water: 7.9

Deep Rock Water: 8.0

Evamore Water: 8.0

Fiji Water: 7.5

Alkalized Ionized Water: 9.5 to 11.2

 

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