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How to read a bottled-water label
Purified refers to water from any potable source (a tap) that has had any contaminants removed, usually through filtration, distillation, or reverse osmosis. Because purification also removes beneficial minerals, you might see the phrase “electrolytes for taste”—indicating that minerals were added back in.
Alkaline is just that—water with a pH level above neutral. Some purveyors claim it helps with digestion; “others, much, much more.”
Ionized indicates that the water has been exposed to an electrical current, which is one way to create alkaline water.
Spring means the water is from a spring. Curious about the source? Look for a phone number on the label, and call for details.
Vapor-distilled tells you the water was boiled into steam and then condensed. That makes the water slightly acidic—“and therefore not particularly healthy until electrolytes are added back in.”
Source: Town & Country
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