On today’s episode of Live Lean TV, I’m sharing 3 surprising secrets about bottled water, including the best water bottle to drink out of, and what plastic numbers are safe.
Tell me in the comment section below, do you always buy bottled water?
If so, which brand do you prefer?
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All right, let’s get into the 3 surprising secrets about bottled water.
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 of water a year.
But here’s where it gets surprising.
Let’s say a 20 oz bottle of water costs, on average, $1.45.
That’s 1,900 times more expensive than tap water.
But what’s even crazier is I just read a stat that 40% of bottled water is actually just regular tap water.
When you convert that to gallons, at that price 1 gallon of water equals $9.27.
To put that into perspective, 1 gallon of gas typically costs $3.50.
Water purity doesn’t influence the actual taste of water, the mineral concentration does.
In other words, some of the biggest brands of bottled water is just city water, with added in minerals to increase the taste.
In some circumstances, most city tap water has stricter purity standards than the bottled water industry.
One test found that 22% of the bottled water 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.
Based on this, 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 your tap water, it’s best to go with some sort of water filtration system.
I currently use a Brita and a water filtration system from my fridge, but that may not be the best option for you if you have to filter out those heavy metals.
If you have the budget, look into a reverse osmosis system for the best results.
Here’s another big thing to consider when drinking bottled water.
Your plastic water bottle may contain BPA.
In other words, you’re potentially pumping estrogen mimicking chemicals into your body.
Hello man boobs.
Always avoid plastic water bottles that contain BPA, since BPA can leek into your water, especially when heated.
When you have a choice, a BPA-free stainless steel insulated bottle is the best water bottle to drink out of.
We use this stainless steel water bottle.
It’s important to focus on drinking from BPA-free water bottles.
If you do drink from a plastic bottle, make sure you look at the plastic number inside the recycling symbol on the bottom of the water bottle.
The following plastic numbers should be free of BPA, therefore are safe:
The following plastic number should be avoided:
Therefore, if the symbol shows any of those numbers, stay away.
The following plastic number indicates it’s intended for one time use only:
Most plastic water bottles have this number, so use it once, then recycle it.
In other words, don’t refill it.
Lastly, typically the firmer the plastic used on the water bottle, the better it is.
I’m not telling you to not buy bottled water, as I still buy certain brands of bottled water when I’m out.
I just want you to be aware of what you’re buying.
Here’s your Live Lean tip.
If you’re looking to save money, invest in a re-usable BPA-free stainless steel insulated water bottle.
Or use glass containers, and keep it filled with filtered tap water so you can drink more water throughout the day.
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