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3 myths about filtered water

We can encounter many opinions about filtered water, sometimes conflicting with one another. Where do they come from? Nowadays, more and more often we are overloaded with information and we do not have time to explore each topic and analyse each message. Due to not always being able to devote enough time to read extensive studies, let’s look at the 3 most popular myths about filtered water.

  1. The filtered water is tap water and you have to boil it

That’s right, filtered water is tap water, but it has other features compared to tap water. Above all, tap water, although meeting many restrictive requirements, may still be contaminated which may occur during its transmission through the water supply network from the purification station (e.g. may contain sand). Filters perfectly cope with any contaminants (with filtration accuracy up to 0.5 microns), both mechanical and chemical, so that the water is safe to drink even without boiling. It is worth remembering that boiling does not improve water purity, but only kills viruses and bacteria, so if we care about clean and healthy water, suitable for drinking or preparing cold drinks, filtering is the best solution.

  1. Filtering demineralizes water

Modern jugs and filtering bottles are equipped with filter cartridges containing activated carbon and an ion exchange resin. These two factors purify water from organic and chemical contaminants and soften it. However, they do not remove from the water elements and micronutrients that positively affect the human body, such as sodium, potassium, calcium or magnesium. There are also filters on the market that additionally mineralize water, enriching it with magnesium ions or those that lower its ph. The filtered water thus retains the value of tap water, removing only impurities.

  1. Bottled water is safer than filtered water

This sentence is not clear. Perhaps it should be written as “Filtered water does not lack benefits when compared to bottled water.” Filtered water does not give way to bottled water.   It has micronutrients important for health, is free of impurities and is as tasty as in bottled water. In addition, it is more ecological; using filter jugs we do not use a huge amount of plastic or glass.

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