Does the bottle packaging and quality affect the taste and purity of the water?

There are many myths and misinterpretations about bottled water and in particular, bottled water packaging. Bottled drinking water, sometimes known as table water or purified water, is drinking water which is bottled, and is neither spring water nor natural mineral water. It can come from a variety of sources, including municipal supplies.

When bottled water comes to mind, many people have concerns with the quality of the water as most bottles are made in plastic. Some protestors blame the bottled water industry of falsely advertising its products are more purified than municipal water when in fact the bottler gets the water from a public source. People choose bottled water because it is a safe, consistent, and convenient source of perfect hydration as U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulates comprehensively with packaged food product and water. It is guaranteed safe and reliable when you purchase any bottled water in the US. Whether bottling spring water from protected underground aquifers or producing high-quality purified bottled water from a municipal source, America’s bottled water companies consistently meet consumer demand for safe, quality drinking water at home, at work, on the go, and when emergencies and natural disasters strike. There has been a study where researchers have analyzed mineral water from 131 springs and sampled 94 brand of different waters sold in Spain. The samples were tested after being stored for a year to assess whether there had been any harmful substances due to keeping water in plastic or glass bottles. The results were published in Food Chemistry later on and concluded that both glass and plastic packaged bottle water are completely safe for health and passes all quality assuring tests. Researchers found that the shape of water bottle doesn’t affect quality of the water, neither does storage time. The taste of water also remains the same for both glass and bottled water. However, if you put a plastic bottle water in a hot car for a long time, it might taste not as great as Dieter Schrenk, the professor of toxicology and food technology said. He mentioned the four nemeses of food packaging combine together are light, oxygen, time and heat. With these four contents together, it creates volatile compounds of smell and taste to be released and the quality of plastic to degrade and end up giving consumer a plastic taste. Although the bottled water might taste terrible after this heating effect, Schrenk assured that it doesn’t mean the bottle itself becomes dangerous. Most packages do suggest consumers to store everything in a cool place. If one does not expose foodstuffs to heat, light, oxygen, and time, the quality of taste of water will not change.

According to International Bottled Water Association, they declared the natural source bottled water takes tap water and processes through multiple different filters such as reverse osmosis, granulated carbon filtration, or a 1 micron absolute filters. Perfect Hydration’s 9.5+ pH alkaline water, for example, is purified water. With 9 stage filtration process, it helps to removes organic matter, impurities, total dissolved solids. This type of filtration would also remove any pharmaceuticals, said IBWA, which have recently been found in drinking water.  In order to improve the taste of the purified water, Perfect Hydration adds minerals and electrolytes back into the purified water. Naturally sourced bottled water have different concentration, the taste can vary depends on mineral content of naturally sourced bottled water and geology of where the water is coming from. For example, Perfect Hydration is higher in magnesium while some other labels might be higher in calcium, therefore the taste would be completely different. Besides keeping the perfect taste, Perfect Hydration is a supercharged alkaline water helps you to stay hydrated, ionized, electrolyzed, mineralized, and alkalized.

Despite the concerns with health and taste due to packaging of bottled water, the public still prefer buying them over other options in the market. Americans tend to drink more than 18 gallons of bottled water per person every year to stay hydrated. In many cases, consumers think bottled water tastes better than tap water, because it lacks the chlorine taste, and they perceive it as being safer and of better quality. According to the research, most consumers purchase bottled water as a refreshment beverage over many other options. During the 1990s is when first plastic water bottle (PET) was invented. The sales of these first water bottles were so prosperous in the beverage market as people are choosing these instead of sodas. Then studies showed that during the year of 2000, soda sales remained the same as previous years, whereas bottled water sales continued to rise. “People still drink a lot of soft drinks, but the migration to bottled water is clear; that we can tell from sales figures,” said IBWA. There are also proven facts that during those time, 52 percent of people say they would buy soda if bottled water wasn’t available. And 75 percent of those who drink bottled water also drink tap water. Although people prefer to purchase bottle water over tap, most cannot tell the difference in taste of water. There was an experience conducted by Good Morning America in New York where they go around to ask random people which water taste better out of 4 kinds of water: New York tap water, O2 (oxygenated water), and two bottle brands Poland and Evian. The majority picked New York tap water which received 45% of the vote for most tasty.

The best advantage to bottled water is convenience and consistency. When catastrophic events happen, it always affects the public water systems, which leads to purchasing bottled water as the best option for clean and safe water. And consumers do not usually switch solely to bottled water, but drink a combination of both. “It’s not a bottled water versus tap water issue,” said IBWA. “People drink both.” Single-serve bottled water has experienced 28 percent growth in the last ten years, according to 2007 study by Mintel International Group Inc. Vending operators agreed that bottled water continued to be among their fastest growing products in 2006, according to the Automatic Merchandiser State of the Vending Industry Report. Many people have thought that purchasing bottled water is not as good as drinking tap water as tap water seems to be natural quality and more regulated by the FDA. However, the truth is by federal law, FDA regulates the safety and quality of bottled water just as much as they would regulate tap water. Perfect Hydration produce safe, heathy, and perfect package that is stringently regulated by FDA under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and applicable to section 21 of the Code of Federal Regulation meaning we must meet the FDA’s food regulation. By passing through standards of identity, standards of quality, and good manufacturing practices and labeling requirements for our bottled alkaline water. Besides regulating the water specs, the bottles also have to go through FDA prior to being available to sell in market place. The container of the bottled water has to be tested and approved for safety so they don’t cause a health risk to all consumers. Protesters have made false claims before mentioning that water bottles contain bisphenol A (BPA), however most water bottles are made in only PET plastic and does not contain any harmful substances.

With huge varieties of options for drinks, most people would recognize bottled water specifically as the healthiest beverage, best to keep themselves hydrated and best fit for their lifestyle goals. In fact, convenience is the number one reason consumers are buying bottled water, 59 percent, versus using tap water, and most prefer alkaline waters that are purified as people are more concern with health comparing to back in the days. Most people believe in order to have a healthier life, one of the simplest changes you can make is drinking alkaline water, especially with electrolytes to help you stay hydrated instead of other beverages that are heavy with sugar, artificial contents and calories. If one wants to lower acidic level and maintained balanced in pH level, Perfect Hydration is perfect to obey your thirst and help you to stay ionized. If you want to moderate calories, sugar, caffeine, artificial flavors and other ingredients from your diet, then choosing this alkaline water is also a great way for you to stay fit and stay hydrated.

As today’s society is very fast pasted, we want to drink something that is easily assessable and bottled alkaline water is always a smart and healthy choice. Consumers continue to buy bottled water and the percentage of those changing their buying habits based on environmental rhetoric remains small. Perfect Hydration alkaline water is a healthy option and the bottles are completely recyclable, which helps with improving the earth’s environment. Manufacturers, meanwhile, continue to make strides to use less material and help with recycling efforts. Bottled water is the best option for emergency water storage and daily hydration that one would need. FDA Good Manufacturing Practices mandate that bottled water be produced in a hygienic environment and bottled in sanitary, safety-sealed containers. Through these tests by FDA, state and industry standards help ensure that Perfect Hydration delivers consistent safety, quality and perfect taste to consumers.

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