Live Lean Nation, are you always buying bottled water? On today’s episode of Live Lean TV, we’re talking about 3 surprising secrets about bottled water!
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Are you aware of how much bottled water actually costs?
Approximately $11.8 billion a year is spent on bottled water in the US alone. That’s over 30 billion bottles a year.
But here’s where it gets surprising…
Lets say a 20 oz bottle of water costs on average $1.45…
That’s 1900 times more expensive than tap water!
But what’s even crazier is I just read a stat that…
40% of bottled water is just regular tap water!
And if we do a little conversion to gallons, at that price, 1 gallon of water equals $9.27…
To put that into perspective…
A gallon of gas typically costs $3.50!
Water purity doesn’t influence the taste of water. The mineral concentration does. In fact, some of the biggest brands of bottled water is just “city water” with added in minerals to increase the taste!
In some circumstances city tap water has stricter purity standards than the bottled water industry. One test found that 22% of the brands in the study contained chemicals above state limits.
The chemicals to watch out for are chlorine and fluoride.
That’s pretty scary since chlorine is used in pools to kill bacteria (so what do you think will happen to the good kind of bacteria found in your gut?). If your area is known for having chlorine in tap water, best go with some sort of filtration system. I currently use a Brita but that may not be the best option to filter out heavy metals. If you have the budget, look into a reverse osmosis system for best results.
Your water bottle may contain BPA (i.e. you’re potentially pumping estrogen mimicking chemicals in your body…hello man boobs).
Always avoid plastic water bottles that contain BPA…
BPA can leek into your water, especially when heated. Drink from BPA-free water bottles. Stainless steel water bottles are your best choice. If you do drink from a plastic bottle, make sure the recycling symbol on the bottom shows the number 2 or 4 or 5. This means it should be free of BPA. If the symbol shows 7, stay away. If it shows 1, which most water bottles do, it’s intended for one time use only.
In other words, don’t refill it. Also, typically the firmer the plastic, the better.
I’m not telling you not to buy bottle water. I still buy certain brands of bottled water when I’m out. I just want you to be aware of what you’re buying.
If you’re looking to save money, invest in a re-usable BPA-free water bottle, or use glass containers, and keep it filled with filtered tap water throughout the day.
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– Do you drink bottled water a lot?
– Which brand is your favorite?
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