Which Type of Water is Best?
The best bottled water is the one that tastes good to you.
Don't get me wrong, I am not saying that any old water is fine for consumption. You still want to be sure that you are purchasing from a reputable company with a quality product. Once you find said company (ahem...), review the available options and try them. That's it, take a sip... it is that simple.
In general there are three main choices:
1. Spring Water
Spring Water come from just that... a natural spring. This type of water contains a high amount of minerals giving it a distinctive taste. Generally, spring water is filtered several times and then treated with ozone. The lack of chlorine leaves it odor free as well as crisp and clean tasting. Spring water can come from a variety of different types of locations including protected underground wells, high altitudes and free flowing artesian aquifers.
2. Purified Water
There are two types of purified water - distilled and reverse osmosis.
Distilled water is the results of a distillation method that boils the water and condenses the resulting steam.
Reverse Osmosis treatment involves an intense filtration process by which the water is forced through semi permeable membranes, leaving behind minerals and impurities.
Both produce a water nearly void of all mineral content. This is the polar opposite of spring water. These waters offer a light mouth feel with a lingering, refreshing taste. In addition to the hydration both are perfect for use in household items such as irons and humidifiers.
3. Drinking Water
This is the Switzerland of bottled waters. Believe it or not, there is a pretty heated debate over whether spring or purified water is "better". Drinking water provides a mixture of the two, giving the consumer the taste benefits of purified water and the addition of minerals from the spring water. Together they create a perfect happy medium and great starting point for new drinkers.
No one can determine which of these is best for you. I like to relate it to wine. Can anyone determine which wine is best? Of course not, you choose a wine base on you taste preferences. Bottled water is no different. You certainly should make an informed decision but, at the end of the day, it comes down to which one leaves you wanting more. You don't enjoy the taste, your consumption will go down reeking havoc on your body.