Why Does Bottled Water Taste Bad?

Bottled Water Facts

Bottled water tastes not only bad but also harmful. For many people, bottled water is a convenient and healthy option. Bottled water often only taps water packaged. They don’t put it through any other tests. You can drink water free from the tap, put it in a bottle, and pay $0.99 for a pint.

The problem with bottled water is you’re not only getting the tap water. You’re also getting the plastic in the bottle, which is then leaching into the bottle. The problem with these plastic water bottles is that they are all made of a chemical called phthalates, known hormone disruptors. They mess around with your endocrine system.

Why does bottled water taste bad?

Bottled water doesn’t go bad in that short time, but it changes. First, the dissolved chlorine can change into chlorine gas and then evaporate into the air. Also, the water slowly becomes more carbonated from the CO2 in the air, decreasing its PH and making it taste a bit different or bad.

The water treatment plants add chlorine or chloramine into the water. It’s bleach, but they add it so small that it isn’t harmful to people. There are tons of brands of bottled water: tap water, rainwater, distilled water, and more.

Plain water and regular H2O with a 7.0 can have a taste. Water and tap water all have dissolved minerals and gases inside of them, giving them various tastes.

  • The types of minerals and dissolved gases lead to the wide array of tastes we can find.

The most common minerals are sodium, calcium, magnesium, potassium chloride, bicarbonate, and sulfate, and the most common gases are nitrogen, oxygen, and carbon dioxide. So any time you drink water, you get much more than you thought. Better-tasting water isn’t filtered more. It has your desired amount of different minerals and gases dissolved in it.

  • Some water treatment plants that taste bad also add fluoride to bottled water.

But fluoride is a little tricky because a variety of research is going both ways. Some say it’s good, and some say it’s bad. Fluoride does seem to help your teeth but may do minor harm in other ways.


Learn more about water:

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Why Does Cold Water Taste Better?

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Why Can Not We Use Ocean Water To Put Out Fires?

Julia Rose

My name is Julia Rose. I'm a registered clinical therapist, researcher, and coach. I'm the author of this blog. There are also two authors: Dr. Monica Ciagne, a registered psychologist and motivational coach, and Douglas Jones, a university lecturer & science researcher. I would love to hear your opinion, question, suggestions, please let me know. We will try to help you.

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