Bottled water costs premium. Mineral water even more. But is it worth it? A German consumer watchdog tested mineral waters and found some unpleasant surprises.
Queen Of Waters: Mineral WaterRemember when about two years ago I wrote that Aquafina and Dasani are nothing but tap water sold for a premium?Of course, those two are for water rookies anyway. They are for the people who jumped on the "water is healthy" bandwagon and still want a branded product.True self-styted health pros pay even more and go for the invigorating and virginal purity only found in water bubbling from a single spring: mineral water.But where does the water feeding the spring come from? A quick peek over to Germany gives us an unsettling idea.
Of Pesticides And AnticorrosivePeople often see my home country as the land of beer drinkers and, with us sporting about 6,000 variations, there is some truth to that.But we also are large on drinking bottled mineral water and Germany is home to a couple of hundred brands that claim some form of "original purity" derived from being "naturally filtered through ancient volcanic rock."If it's that ancient, one should hope that no saber-tooth tiger pee comes with it.For the German equivalent of Consumer Reports, Stiftung Warentest, the waxing was reason enough to check how much fact backs the prose. They tested 30 sparkling mineral waters (German language) and discovered things more modern:
- 10 waters contained degradation products of pesticides
- 1 contained allergy triggering nickel
- 24 had low to very low mineral content
- 3 were tainted with germs
- 1 came with degradation products from anticorrosive