- Analyzing & Comparing Brands of Bottled Water
Analyzing & Comparing Brands of Bottled Water
Tap vs. Bottled Water Brands
There are hundreds of brands of bottled water. The advertising on the various bottled water brands and general perception is that bottled water is the healthiest water to drink. This site will hopefully allow you to look at bottled water in a new light. Bottled water brands are often acidic, and research tells us that alkaline water is the healthiest water to drink. Bottled water brands are part of a multi-billion dollar industry, which got that way by convincing consumers that their water [bottled water] is cleaner and healthier than tap water. However my comparisons of bottled water vs tap water will show that when you filter your tap water it's safer and healthier than bottled water. Here is a 4-year study done by the Natural Resources Defense Council that found that bottled water was not cleaner or safer than most tap water at all.
Safety of bottled water vs tap water: Any regulations the FDA imposes on bottled water companies are far less rigorous than the EPA guidelines regulating the water that comes to your tap. The way most bottled water brands filter chemicals out of their water is to "purify" it using reverse osmosis. This is a cheap method and will do the job of purifying water, however reverse osmosis strips all of the healthy minerals out of the water. The result is that most brands of bottled water are void of healthy minerals, have no electrolytes, and are acidic. An extra problem is that water wants minerals in it and it will dissolve more minerals as soon as it can. When you consume a lot of this type of purified water it will rob your body of its minerals, from bones, muscles and joints, as you drink. Not good.
Worried about Chemicals? Most chemicals of concern in your tap water are put there by municipal water companies in order to rid the water of germs, fungus and algae. Chemicals used to treat your tap water are fairly easy to remove. Refer to this page to learn more about water filtration. There are usually no chemicals or minerals in your water that can't be removed with the better kind of filters [which leave all of the healthy minerals and electrolytes in the water]. The only real reasons for reverse osmosis would be to 1) remove sodium if you use a whole-house softener; and 2) remove calcium if your water is excessively hard. In all cases when you use reverse osmosis machine, you should add into your line a filter which will remineralize the water in order to stabilize it, add back in the healthy electrolytes you just removed, and balance the pH of it.
Without a doubt you have access to clean, great-tasting water right from your tap. All-in-all, it is safer and healthier to filter your own tap water for drinking than it is to consume bottled water.
Testing of 20 Different Bottled Water Brands
All of my testing of brands of bottled water shows them to be inferior to filtered tap water. After watching this video, you can get great insight into this subject. Lower down this page, look for my huge chart comparing bottled water brands! All brands of bottled water are less healthy for you than if you filter your own water. Watch the video and read on to find out why.
Despite bottled water brands being inferior, people are buying more and more of their drinking water in bottles! The perception is that you get what you pay for and that you lack the knowledge to understand water filtration. This is how most people are driven to the bottled water brands. This is not at all good and healthy thinking. It's easy enough to get your water analyzed and set yourself up with a water filter system in both your home and office.
There's also the issue of plastic wastes. It is time, as a society, that we work to reduce the amounts of things stored in plastics wherever possible. We think plastics are all being recycled, yet in reality only about 10% of all plastics made actually achieve that end.
Popular Brands of Bottled Water are Created by the Advertising Dollars of Bottled Water Companies.
There have been many blind tests of bottled water vs tap water. The conclusions in the large majority of cases are that the actual taste of tap water is seen to be better when the person thinks it's one of the most expensive or popular brands of bottled water.
In a famous CBS expose people in a fancy restaurant were presented with an expensive "Water Menu" they immediately believed that the taste of the water was better. In each case the customers reacted to the PR and hype of the fancy label, price, menu and waiter's attitude rather than their own senses in deciding how well they liked each water they tasted.
Bottled Water: Popular but not Healthy
A walk down the water aisle in the grocery store will tell you how popular bottled water has become. However, pretty much all brands of bottled water are not the healthiest water. They've been sitting around in plastic bottles for who knows how long, and while they're certainly better than soda, they are still not good for you.
Granted, tap water may need some basic filtration in order to be as healthy as it can be, but simple and inexpensive water filter systems can give you fresher, cleaner and healthier water than bottled water.
This is a video which is a great piece done by ABC's 20/20 reporters:
The PH of the Water We Drink Needs to be Alkaline in Order to be Healthy
Most brands of bottled water are acidic and that's not healthy for your body. There are a few of the more expensive brands of water, such as Essentia, that are alkaline but even in these cases their oxidation levels are high, exposing your body to free radicals. It is impossible to maintain the right alkaline pH-levels for healthiest drinking in bottled water without that water being oxidizing (causing free-radical damage).
If you put the kind of water that would readily support life into a bottle for long-term storage, then life (like bacteria) would probably grow, and that of course wouldn't be desirable. Drinking bottled water is similar to eating canned, cooked vegetables. You are losing a lot of the life-giving benefits of water when you drink stored, bottled water.
The Recycling Myth
Of the billions of bottles of water sold in the US, only about 1/5 is recycled. Then out of the ones that are recycled, not all make it into the actual recycling process. Some even end up in landfills overseas! That means that not only is the production of bottles costing us millions of barrels of oil each year, but almost all of these bottles are filling our landfills and polluting our earth. The industrial chemicals that are in the material of the bottles haven’t been measured, other than BPA which is only one of the many potentially disease-causing agents in the bottles. Water, the universal solvent, has the ability to leach all kinds of chemicals into itself. The variables of time and temperature are not reported by bottling companies. The EWG, Environmental Working Group, recently found all kinds of contaminants, such as human wastes, bacteria and pharmaceuticals in several brands of bottled water. So, short of doing our own testing of each bottle, we have no assurance of purity and healthiness of the water. It's best to learn how to filter your tap water so YOU can know it's of the highest water quality.
We are being duped into thinking that our recycled bottles are all being responsibly taken care of. Watch the video, below, to get the real story of bottled water.
Filtering Your Own Water is Not that Hard
Many people turn to bottled water because they are concerned about the quality of their tap water. I think they may also not realize that they can get far healthier water if they take a few simple steps to learn how to filter their own water for the best quality. Visit this page to learn how to filter your water yourself. Water Filtration Basics
Keep in mind that municipalities already take the particulates out of the water, the majority of toxins from it and treat the water for microorganisms. Often all that is needed is a simple carbon filter with a slow flow and that will filter pretty well, such as any of our PureEasy Filter Systems or other Filters. Our WellBlue PH Pitcher has a nice slow flow that can filter out the chlorine, other chemicals and heavy metals while still raising the pH to a perfect 9.5. By the way, the fantastic medical research results using alkaline ionized water with mice, rats and chickens were achieved using portable water ionization technology very similar to the WellBlue pitcher [i.e., adding magnesium to the water in the presence of magnetized ceramics.] Water Ionizer Research
Alkaline Antioxidant Water is the Healthiest Water to Drink
Not only is alkaline water good, but also the fact that ionized water is antioxidant water is fantastic! The healthiest water to drink for a variety of reasons is alkaline antioxidant water. It will provide you with pH buffers to help keep your body pH-balanced (slightly alkaline). It's also packed with natural antioxidants [negatively-charged electrons], which are free to naturally fight free radicals. Free radical damage in the body is like rust, and cell walls can get so degraded that they even mutate if you don't do something about free radicals. Drinking alkaline antioxidant water all day long will help you prevent and even reverse free radical damage. When you've finished reading this page, take the time to learn more about the important subject of alkaline ionized water and why it's the healthiest water to drink... Benefits of Drinking Alkaline Ionized Water
What is Water Ionization?
Most water is oxidizing by the time it reaches your tap (or bottle), and oxidized water contains positively-charged free radical molecules (active oxygen, or O2+). Alkaline ionized water contains a good amount of alkaline minerals, and is negatively-charged (antioxidant water). The minerals, like calcium and magnesium, which are the most abundant minerals in alkaline water, are coincidentally the healthiest to consume. By ionizing this water it gives these healthy minerals a negative charge, which helps the body recognize them as more absorbable than if the water came with its usual mix of minerals and positive charge. Our bodies are naturally electrical and that means having a negative charge. Negatively charged anitoxidant water is the healthiest water to drink.The fact of being able to sip on ionized water (water which has an abundance of antioxidants) is a great health benefit! This is far more helpful than taking an antioxidant pill, for instance, because a pill is unreliable in how or where any antioxidants will arrive. My experience with this is that I literally saw my spider veins disappear when I started drinking high-antioxidant water.
Brands of Bottled Water vs. WellBlue Alkaline Ionizing Pitcher
The WellBlue Ionizing Pitcher is a portable water ionizer machine. It doesn't need electricity and is easy and convenient to use. In this video I am testing it against various brands of bottled water to make a point that for a lot less money and virtually no work, you can get fresh, filtered, alkaline ionized water which is a lot safer and healthier than even the most expensive bottled waters.
The technology of ionizing water in a portable way, with no electricity, was discovered a little over 10 years ago by Dr. Hayashi. This method is based on a discovery that magnesium in water in the presence of magnetized ceramics will excite the water to ionize spontaneously without the use of electricity. This form of water ionization is a lighter ionization than what you would get with an electric water ionizer.
This video shows the alkalinity of Smart Water, Voss Water, along with the WellBlue pitcher. The WellBlue Alkaline Ionizing Pitcher can filter and remineralize that water, improve the pH-level to a perfect 9.5 pH and also transform it (ionize it) so it has antioxidants in abundance in the water! All of the tested waters, even the Essentia, were shown to be oxidizing [positively charged] when tested. The WellBlue portable water ionizer pitcher made the water negatively charged, which means it has an abundance of free radical scavenging - negatively charged - electrons, called antioxidants to help cells stay healthy and free from the damage of oxidation.
Testing Brands of Bottled Water, Municipal Tap Water, and Ionized Water
None of the bottled water tested offer acceptable drinking water in my opinion. The amount of leaching of potentially disease-causing chemicals into the water from the plastic and the high oxidation levels of the bottled water tell me that this is unhealthy to drink. The EWG, Environmental Working Group, is dead-set against bottled water as well. With all of the testing they've done it would be advisable for you to actually visit their great website. They even found pharmaceuticals in several brands of bottled water. One big difference between your tap water and bottled water is that at least the EPA requires your municipality to report on the major, known, disease-causing agents in your tap water yearly. However bottled water companies have almost no regulations and do not have to divulge what their test results are.
I did my own series of tests on the many brands of bottled water that are in the chart, below. My tests were focused on the pH, ORP, oxidation reduction potential, and fluoride levels of the various brands. If you pinned me down and made me declare which bottled water was the best to buy, I'd have to say Essentia, but then I'd be doing you a dis-service, because there is no bottled water that even compares to ionized water in potential health benefits to you. At the same time with a water ionizer you also save money after the first year or so of use. A water ionizer, lasting about 10 - 20 years or so, will eventually be one of the best economical deals you could make - for both your health and your wallet.
See the following chart for information about popular brands of bottled water as compared to each other and to ionized water. Where ORP is mentioned, what that stands for is "oxidation reduction potential", which is another way of saying antioxidants. The positive "+" sign means the water was oxidizing. The negative "-" sign means it is anti-oxidizing (contains antioxidants) and is in-line with what our bodies will accept readily.
|Brand||Description/Notes||PH||ORP||Stored In...||Fluoride Content [mg./liter]|
|Natural Spring Water: Processed by 1 Micron filtration, UV light, and Ozonated.||7.5||+281||Plastic||.15|
|Amway Perfect Water||Bottled ionized water.||7.2||+250||Plastic|
|Filtered Municipal Water [Made by Pepsi] Purified by reverse osmosis.||5||+430||Plastic||.01|
|Arrowhead||US Spring Water. Called Mountain Spring water, but judging from the acidity, it's probably valley spring.||6.83||+360||Plastic|
|Chill [Super Chill]
|Natural Spring Water [from Jackson County, Michigan]||7.5||+271||Plastic||.08|
|Crystal Geyser||Plain Water||6||+324||Plastic|
|RO Purified & Remineralized||8||+214||Plastic|
|Purified Tap Water [made by Coke]||4.5||+378||Plastic||.09|
|Deer Park||Spring water, bottled by Nestle||6.3||+450||Plastic|
|Walmart Brand Distilled Water||5.0||+400||Plastic||0|
|Walmart Brand RO Purified Water [Remineralized]||4.5||+274||Plastic||.15|
|Purified, enhanced with electrolytes and Micro-Clustered Water [ionized]||9||+188||Plastic||.15|
|Naturally mountain spring water. Naturally alkaline water; electrolyte rich||7||+255||Plastic||.03|
|Artesian well water||8||+174||Plastic||.21|
|Fiji Spring Water: From an ancient artesian aquifer deep within the earth.||7||+274||Plastic||.1|
|Gatorade||This is made with regular water [not purified] and at least some artificial ingredients.||3.5||+325||Plastic|
|Gerber Pure Water||Purified using reverse osmosis and distillation, with the following added: magnesium sulfate, potassium bicarbonate, calcium chloride.||6.5||+297||Plastic||0|
|Great Value RO Water||Walmart Brand "Drinking Water" bottled in Quincy, IL, and processed by reverse osmosis.||6.5||+380||Plastic|
|Ice Mountain $1.00/gal.||Natural Spring Water: From Frontier Springs, located in New Tripoli, PA and other cities in Pennsylvania and Maryland.||6||+302||Plastic||.07|
|Hilton Head, Tap Free||Hilton Head Municipal Water Supply||8||+350||N/A|
|Ionized Water||*Athena Water Ionizer, St. Louis, MO||10||-700
|Los Angeles Tap Water
|LA Municipal Water Supply||7.5||+350||N/A|
|New York City Tap Water
|NY Municipal Water Supply||4||+440||N/A|
|New York [Kingston]
|Purified water... 11-hour process [Purified by reverse osmosis/deionization with USP medical-grade oxygen. Source Colton Municipas Water District]||4||+392||Plastic||.08|
|Perrier Water||Sparkling Water Made by Nestle||5.5||+400||Glass|
|Poland Spring Water
|Spring Water Bottled by Nestle||5.8||+380||Plastic||.08|
|Propel Fitness Drink||3.6||+280||Plastic|
|[Nestle] Pure Life
|Purified water & enhanced with minerals. Bottled by Nestle||6.5||Plastic||0|
|[Gerber] Pure Water
|Gerber brand purified with RO and remineralized.||6.5||+297||Plastic|
|Real Water||Micro-Clustered Water||8.0||-60
|Saint Louis, MO
|St. Louis County Water Company [Tap]||9.4||+300||N/A||.5|
|Filtered St. Louis Tap Water||Using Arsenic, Lead, Fluoride Filter||.03 - .2|
|Ionized St. Louis Tap Water||Using various water ionizers||9.5||-300 to -800||N/A||0 - .1|
|Soda: Canned Diet Pepsi||Typical Canned Soda||3.24||+377||Aluminum|
$1.00 [20 oz.]
|Distilled and remineralized with calcium chloride, magnesium chloride, and potasium bicarbonate.||6||+296||Plastic||0|
|"Great Value" Walmart Brand spring water. Source: Hummel Spring, Liberty, IL. Processed by Ozonation, carbon filtration ultraviolet treatment and microfiltration.||7||+284||Plastic||.14|
|Natural Spring Water [from Jackson County, Michigan]||7||+271||Plastic||.08|
$1.49 [1 qt]
|Artesian well water from Norway.||6||+256||Plastic||.19|
|WellBlue Pitcher||Lightly ionizing St. Louis water with portable WellBlue ionizer pitcher.||9.5||-200
Fluoride Testing of 21 Brands of Bottled Water vs Ionized Water
The fluoride testing I did is represented in both this video below and the chart above. I found that while all of the brands of bottled water tested contained far less fluoride than what is in my St. Louis tap water, a water ionizer was able to remove all of it. A special Arsenic, Lead, Fluoride filter was able to remove a great deal of it as well but did not do as well as a water ionizer in removing fluoride. While reverse osmosis removes fluoride, it also removes all of the other, healthy minerals and electrolytes that your body needs in the water it consumes. Drinking water void of electrolytes is a very unhealthy choice, so these brands, even though they do remove fluoride, are not at all suggested.
Why is fluoride bad? Fluoride is a poison and even if one consumes as little as 1 mg. of fluoride the toothpaste warning states you should seek immediate medical care. It's linked to learning disabilities and Alzheimer's disease, and because of this I take fluoride filtration very seriously. Here's the video.
How Does Ionized Water Beat Out Bottled Water in Every Single Way?
- Good Filtration: Even if you pay the highest price for the best filtered bottled water, after it sits in a plastic container on the store shelf for a few weeks or months, it will need whatever has leached into it filtered out!
- PH: Fresh alkaline filtered water [especially if ionized] can be relied upon to give you far better health results.
- Antioxidants: I have witnessed the effects of a high-antioxidant value of ionized water when I saw the spider veins on my leg disappear right before my very eyes one day.
- Convenience: Some people think it's just more convenient to go to the store and buy water. If you think of the time it takes to go into the store alone, it is just not convenient.
Summary: Facts about Bottled Water Brands
- All brands of bottled water are a lot more expensive than if you filtered the water properly yourself.
- Bottled water is often acidic.
- Bottled water brands are not regulated for water quality safety as well as municipalities are for your tap water.
- We are filling the landfills with empty bottles. We can't even use all the recycled plastics.
- The bottles are made with petroleum and there is chemical leaching into the water from them.
- Even with the best alkaline water brands, by the time they get to you they won't be even close to "perfect" any more.
- You can do a far better job of getting the best water (filtered and ionized to perfection) on your own with one of our great alkaline water machines, or our new WellBlue pitcher.
What is the Healthiest Water to Drink?
I have tested alkaline antioxidant water against various brands of water: bottled water brands, soda, distilled, reverse osmosis and tap waters. Over the past 20 years of using alkaline ionized water for myself and family, I have found that the healthiest water to drink is alkaline antioxidant water, and I encourage you to move away from drinking bottled and give alkaline ionized water a try.
Why is alkaline water good?
To keep our blood the right pH, 7.365, we should drink water at a pH of about 9 to 10. Drinking alkaline water helps the body detoxify. Toxins are acids, and to maintain pH balance while you are detoxifying, one needs an abundance of alkaline buffers.
Alkaline Water is Important to Cleanse the Cells of Toxins. In order to rid the body of acidic wastes, it is important that you have sufficient buffers, and that's a big reason why alkaline water is good. Our blood requires and actually enforces pH balance and when water is too acidic, your body is unable to flush out the acidic wastes from your cells and tissues. Organs deteriorate and disease sets in over time when you don't flush out the acidic wastes.
Scroll up to see our big chart comparing the pH-levels of alkaline antioxidant water with tap and bottled water, together with reverse osmosis water, soda, gatorade and distilled water.
Reverse Osmosis and Distilled Water
Reverse osmosis and distilled water are void of minerals. Water is known as the universal solvent. As it travels through rivers, rock, etc. on its way to your tap it picks up minerals. Most of the regions in the US have some pretty healthy minerals [like calcium, magnesium, and potassium] that are picked up by the water as it travels to your tap. Unhealthy elements are picked up too, such as lead, copper, and arsenic, but these are pretty easily removed from your water with the right filtration. By the time your water has reached your tap, you are right to think that many of the elements in it might be unhealthy. So what do you do? Reverse osmosis or distillation is not always the wrong thing to do, but you should know that when you remove all of the minerals from the water you will need to put healthy minerals back into the water to make it stabilized. What happens with reverse osmosis water or distilled water (which has not been remineralized) in the body is that it will travel through and pick up minerals right out of your joints and bones! Water has the property of wanting to do this. It does not want to stay void of all minerals. It is usually better, cheaper and easier to avoid reverse osmosis or distilled water filtration, but sometimes it is necessary. If you have a whole house water softener, for instance, then that water is full of sodium and reverse osmosis can remove sodium from water (but it's only one of the methods that can do this).