Bottled Water 'May Be Glorified Tap Water'

... and other surprising bottled water secrets

In a recent article for Men's Health, David Zinczenko, of Eat This, Not That fame, decides to air bottled water's dirty laundry. And considering that bottled water is, as he points out, the second-most consumed commercial beverage in the United States, it's information that no doubt many will find quite useful.

In an attempt to demystify the well-marketed and oftentimes misleading bottled water industry, Zinczenko reveals four secrets that might have you "rethink your relationship with water."

That it allegedly doesn't taste better than regular tap water, or that the mass production and inappropriate disposal of bottles can be harmful to the environment is not too surprising. More alarming, however, are his claims that bottled water is "not necessarily pure" and also "may be glorified tap water."

Regarding the latter, he notes that approximately 25 percent of bottled water comes from municipal water sources — citing that Dasani is "nothing but purified tap water with added minerals." And as for the statement that bottled water might not necessarily be pure, he points to a recent study by the Natural Resources Defense Council that found that, out of the 1,000 bottles tested, 22 percent of the brands "contained chemical contaminants at levels above state health limits."

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